How To Be Everything

Emilie Wapnick

How To Be Everything



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How to be Everything helps us to plan our professional lives based on our many passions and interests. Emilie Wapnick interviewed hundreds of happy and fulfilled ‘multipotentialites’ to get to know what they all had in common, in spite of the very different paths they had chosen and their wide range of experiences. She discovered that they all had one thing in common: they had planned a life which could guarantee them not only an income but also variety and self-fulfilment. This book explores the four working models that can provide all multipotentialites a with guide on how to build a fulfilling career: The Group Hug, The Slasher, The Einstein and The Phoenix.

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Analysis and key concepts


A Multipotentialite is a person with many interests who is not fulfilled by pursuing one single, specialised career


The superpowers of a multipotentialite: idea synthesis, rapid learning and adaptability


To live happily we need a project that can guarantee us an income whilst offering us meaning and variety


The Group Hug Approach is a work model that brings together multiple interests and passions in a single professional activity


The Slash Approach involves a person having two or more part-time jobs


The Einstein Approach: just one full time job that is enough to pay the bills and leaves us some free time to pursue our passions


The Phoenix Approach: working in a single industry for a few months or years and starting a new career in a new industry


Productivity means knowing what to focus on and taking action to achieve our objectives


Time management that takes into account the importance of routine and allows us to respect our energy levels


The need for change comes when things begin to become predictable, boring and no longer stimulate us


Some tricks to help get going: start when you are in a good mood, use a timer and divide the projects into small parts


The biggest challenges for multipotentialites: lack of security, always feeling like a newbie and impostor syndrome


Criticisms should be dealt with first and foremost by understanding the true intention of the critic




Take-home message

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Many useful tips to:

  • Accept that you might be a ‘multipotentialite’ and use it to create original and satisfying careers.
  • Understand the characteristics of a multipotentialite, and how they can be of great use in an unstable economy in constant evolution.
  • Learn how to successfully juggle multiple projects, identifying the best way to manage them and base them on your own personal characteristics.

Emilie Wapnick is an artist, a blogger, a consultant and an entrepreneur. She founded to help people with many interests and passions to achieve professional fulfilment. She studied music, art, and cinema and has a degree in law; her written work has featured in many publications, including Forbes, The Financial Times, and The Huffington Post. Her TED talk, in which she speaks about ‘multipotentialites’ has had over 7.6 million views.

Publishing house:

Harper Collins