How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those ...
Can't quite remember how I came across this book but it sounded intriguing. What do you want to be when you grow up? Strictly speaking it's been quite a while since someone could really ask me this in earnest but it still comes up jokingly in job interviews or when getting to know someone. Author Wapnick takes the reader though the concept of being okay with "I don't know" to the question and that one's multipotentiality is not a hinderance nor a sign of being indecisive but a gift.
You've heard or seen or probably know these people. They hold multiple jobs, they're jacks/jills of all trades, they used to work in one field and then shifted to a completely different one (maybe multiple times). They're the people you go to when you have a problem at work because they end up hold the role of the "fixer" regardless of the type of problem or issue at hand.
Wapnick describes these people as four types of multipotentialites. They are the one who become so entrenched at the company because they can hold so many hats. They have multiple part-time jobs because their interests are so diverse. They have a single, full-time job but off the clock they leave work at the office and have outside passions. They are the people who worked in one job and then transitioned to a completely different field.
It was an interesting concept but in some ways it's all stuff you've heard before if you've done career coaching or looked into changing fields or looked to find ways to make work more meaningful, etc. I found a lot of it was just re-arranged to show how one who doesn't quite fit that cookie cutter, 9-5, Monday-Friday job/career can make it work.
It was nice to perhaps put a name on this and to recognize myself in it. I've changed fields, I've worked in areas I never thought I would, I've never found a "calling" or found a job that I love that was feasible to remain in for financial/stress reasons, etc. After a certain amount of time (from 6 months to a few years) I do get bored. A roommate once called me indecisive and the job market has forced me to adapt and broaden my horizons.
Some of it was good, some bad so while I was glad to see some recognition, I wasn't sure this really went more in depth into how to really harness this. If you're in the midst of a career change (or how you approach work), or are just starting/restarting a career/job, then this might really give you food for thought on approaching work/making a living. I'd have loved this as a college student/right out of college but as of now it wasn't something that told me much.
I understand that this is an article and there's a TED talk on this subject. It might have been more useful to just access those instead of buying this book. I'd recommend borrowing it from the library if you're not really looking for a job/career change and are just curious.