How I Learned to Manage Multiple Interests without Going Insane
Growing up, one person I was completely fascinated with was Leonardo Da Vinci. I was 13 when I found out that being one of the world’s most famous artists was just one of his many attributes. He was also a mathematician, a scientist, a philosopher, and he made discoveries on everything from anatomy to engineering!
That came as quite a surprise! How could he be following all these different interests? How was he so successful as an artist when that wasn’t the only thing he was doing? Weren’t we always told to stick to one path and one path only?
“Jack of all trades, master of none,” my father would tell me repeatedly. It wasn’t until very recently that I found out this wasn’t the complete saying. The actual saying goes like this:
Jack of all trades is a master of none but is oftentimes better than a master of one.
My brain did a double dive! By this point I had already gone against the conventional wisdom of sticking to doing just one thing. Reading this quote, however, cemented my belief further and brought a smile to my face.
Da Vinci was a polymath. If you’re reading this article, you probably already know this. Today, we have various terms to describe a person with multiple interests or passions. Multipotentialite is a personal favourite.
The more I research on this topic, the more I realise that multipotentiality has always been a thing. In his book Human Accomplishments, Charles Murray finds that 15 of the 20 most significant scientists in history were multipotentialites! This includes figures such as Newton, Aristotle, Descartes, Galileo, Faraday, Leibniz, Darwin and more. If you look at some of the biggest, most successful entrepreneurs of current times — Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos — they’re all multipotentialites or polymaths too!
Once I started understanding the scope of multipotentiality, I became more at ease with my own interests in various fields. To give you a brief idea, I am currently pursuing writing, social media marketing, painting, blogging, video creation and…