[SUMMARY] WHY SOME OF US DON'T HAVE ONE TRUE CALLING, EMILIE WAPNICK
Emilie Wapnick had never been able to answer the question “What do you want to be when you grow up”, because she was interested in so many things. She get to be pretty good at whatever it was, be bored, and let it go. Again and again. And she was scared of being forced, at the end of the day, to stick with something.
But where did you learn to assign the meaning of “wrong” to doing too many things? From the culture, when people ask you “What do you want to be when you grow up”, anytime in your life. This question doesn't lead you to think about all what you could be. The idea of destiny, or one true calling, is important in our society. But what if there are many different subjects you are interested in, and many things you want to do?
There is nothing wrong with you: you're a multipotentialite. Don't take it as a limitation, because here are three superpowers you have: idea synthesis (creating something new at the intersections of several things), rapid learning (well, you've went hard on so many things in the past, be sure you're ready to go out of your comfort zone and learn new things), and adaptability (morphing into whatever you need to be in any given situation).
Do not lose those qualities being pressured to narrow your interests. The world needs people able to handle multidimensional problems. If you're a specialist at heart, specialize. But if you're a multipotentialite, embrace your many passions, follow your curiosity and explore your intersections.