Updated: December 30, 2020
In my speaking engagements, I normally share the story of how I used to be a civil engineer who decided to become an entrepreneur, and later on a financial planner.
And whenever my audience are college students, one of the questions that I am always asked is why did I take up engineering in the first place, and not a business or finance-related course instead.
My honest answer is because I wanted to be an engineer since I was a kid, and it was just later on in my life, when I was already working in the corporate world, that I discovered that I have a passion for business and personal finance.
Almost immediately, worried faces would show and I could imagine them reluctantly asking themselves if they’d turn up to be like me — someone who “threw away” their college education to pursue a different career.
As if I read their minds, I’d say, “When you discover your calling, don’t be afraid to pursue it even if it meant abandoning your academic background. You are not throwing away your education by doing so because you’ll still get to use a lot of the things you learned in college, such as analytical thinking and social skills to name a few.”
“And more importantly,” I’d continue. “Don’t ever feel guilty if you have many interests and you want to pursue them all. It’s okay, and perfectly normal. Some of us are just born to be multipotentialites — or someone who has more than one calling in life.”
Why Some of us Don’t Have One True Calling
Recently, I stumbled upon this video that perfectly relates the struggling thoughts I had when I realized that I didn’t want to be an engineer anymore.
This 12-minute video by writer and artist, Emilie Wapnick is an illuminating talk, which describes multipotentialites and how they are different from specialists; and why one is not really better than the other, as both have important roles in society.
Entitled, “Why some of us don’t have one true calling” — it is a light but informative discussion that encourages all multipotentialites to embrace their plural nature.