Multipassionate Explanation & Resources

You may be wondering why we spend so much time focusing on multipassionates (like interviewing self-described multipassionates) here at One Woman Shop. Multipassionate isn’t synonymous with solopreneur, but we find that many of the women we speak with have multipassionate tendencies- this personality trait often leads them to solopreneurship because it allows them the flexibility to pursue their various ideas and projects simultaneously (tweet this!).

Multipassionates- also known as multipotentialites, polymaths, scanners, generalists, or Renaissance Women- are individuals who have a variety of interests and passions in life and, consequently, in business. They are the opposite of specialists- they embrace their diverse set of interests and are always on the lookout for new ideas and projects.

As Emilie of Puttylike puts it: “Multipotentialites have no “one true calling” the way specialists do. [They] have many paths and pursue all of them, either sequentially or simultaneously (or both). Multipotentialites thrive on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills.”

Some of our favorite sites and resources for multipotentialites:

Multipassionate Quiz: Are You a Multipassionate?

You’ve been hearing the word multipassionate and you’re not sure if you identify with it. Take our quiz to get a better sense of what it means to be a multipassionate and to see if it resonates with you.

Lessons on a Multipassionate Life from Katja Hunter

Katja covers many elements of being a multipassionate- our favorite post of hers is How to Be Friends with a Multipassionate (share that one with your friends!).

Good in My Soul: Multipassionate Branding

Candace N’Diaye offers branding tips (and consulting) specifically geared toward multipassionates. We love her list of multipassionate branding mistakes, her tips on creating a personal brand, and branding personality for multipassionates.

Puttylike: A Home for Multipotentialites

Led by Emilie, the “resident multipotentialite,” Puttylike is a community and resource site for multipassionates. Emilie’s mission is to provide a place where multipotentialites learn to “stop beating themselves up about being unable to find their ‘one true calling.’”

Why being multipassionate does not mean flaky from Marian Librarian

Should you combine your many passions or choose one? from Marie Forleo