Welcome to our Multipassionate Muse interview series, where we chat with self-described multipotentialites. Need a multipassionate crash course? Take a look on our terminology page and take the multipassionate quiz!

Today we're talking to Sarah Von Bargen of Yes and Yes (and other businesses and interests, of course!).

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Describe your various passions and projects.

Gosh!  Well, in my non-professional life, I'm passionate about travel, throwing and attending partiestrying new things, and, um, anthropomorphism.

In my professional life, I'm passionate about sharing people's stories, writing words that make people excited, helping women find the courage to travel solo, helping small businesses and entrepreneurs make a name for themselves on the internet.

Also: I'm pretty passionate about cheese.

Where did you first hear the term multipotentialite/multipassionate (or similar terms)? Did it immediately resonate with you?

I think I might have first heard it used by Danielle LaPorte?  I remember thinking "Hey!  That's me!" .... and then immediately returning to the 75 other tasks I was working on at the same time.

Looking back, would you say you've always been a multipotentialite (were you that kid running multiple businesses from your front yard?!)?

I'm not sure that I was!  I always excelled at reading/writing/storytelling/organizing but I was/am the type of person who only wants to do things they're innately good at.  Trying new things and opening myself up to failure didn't come naturally to me.  But once I got to college and was forced to try new things, I think I really started to branch out.

What is the biggest challenge of being a multipotentialite?

Realizing that you shouldn't/can't do every project that you dream up AND that you should really just focus on once thing at a time.  I've got three projects in the air right now and it's a constant struggle to work on them one at a time.  I JUST WANT TO HAVE 26 TABS OPEN AT ALL TIMES.

What parts of living a multipotentialite lifestyle are the most rewarding?

Making peace with your abilities and interests.  Just because you like A doesn't mean you can't like B and just because you're good at C doesn't mean you have to do it full time.  I think it's really healthy paradigm shift.

We hear a lot these days about side hustles, solopreneurs, and multipotentialites. Do you think it's a fad or the way of the future?

I think multipotentialites have existed all along, we just failed to recognize them!  There are tons of talented people throughout history who excelled in really diverse areas of life - Forpetessake, Da Vinci was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.  I don't think it's a fad, I think it's reality 😉

Any words of wisdom/warning for other multipotentialites?

I think multipotentialites frequently get a bad name because people think we're 'flakey' or 'flighty.'  When you've got a new idea that you're working on, I'd suggest keeping it to yourself and fleshing it out a bit before you share it with any non-multipotentialite friends or family members.  You don't want them to great everything you say with eyerolls and 'Here she goes again!' commentary.

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3 Comments on Multipassionate Muse: Sarah Von Bargen

  1. Laura
    September 12, 2013 at 9:54 am (6 years ago)

    Love the tabs quote! However, I’ll add that I think I’m the opposite – while I’d consider myself multipassionate as well, I get stressed having too many tabs open at once. I like to keep my to-do list tab open (and put ALL THE THINGS on that) but then work on one at a time.

    (And yes, I realize it’s a metaphor, but thought it was interesting to note that being multipassionate could still mean working on one thing at a time.)

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  2. Laura
    September 12, 2013 at 9:58 am (6 years ago)

    “When you’ve got a new idea that you’re working on, I’d suggest keeping it to yourself and fleshing it out a bit before you share it with any non-multipotentialite friends or family members.”
    Awesome advice! Its easy to get exited about a ton of new ideas and sharing it with everyone, but sometimes its better to let it stew a little longer before putting it out there.
    Thanks for such a great interview!

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    • Sarah Von
      September 18, 2013 at 10:59 am (6 years ago)

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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