Book Review – How to Be Everything

How to Be Everything book coverHow to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up by Emilie Wapnick

Based on her TED talk, Emilie Wapnick argues that the conventional wisdom that a person must specialize in a career area is wrong. Multipotentialites are those who have many interests and creative pursuits. Instead of letting that be a weakness, Wapnick says being a generalist in many different areas can be a great strength and suggests ways to channel all those different passions and interests into a successful and happy life. I had never heard the term multipotentialite before but upon reading this book, I recognized the concept early on. This book contains advice and exercises aimed at guiding multipotentialites in finding all their different passions and then nurturing them in work or life. The exercises were less interesting to me than learning about multipotentiality and the different ways one can be successful without having a straightforward answer to the oft-asked “What do you do?”  

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