Tag: "multitalented"

Gifted, Talented, Misunderstood: 10 Misconceptions About Gifted Adults

Gifted, Talented, Misunderstood: 10 Misconceptions About Gifted Adults

In her article “10 Misconceptions About Gifted Adults”, Jane Macondo sheds some light on why gifted people can be baffled…and baffling. She writes: Gifted adults are largely invisible. One of the reasons very few apply the term to themselves is due to the misconceptions about giftedness – in adulthood as well as childhood. Many adults […]

Renaissance People Don't Want to Choose Only One Career

Renaissance People Don’t Want to Choose Only One Career

Many multitalented people are accomplished and active – even exceptional – in more than one area of creative expression. We read about some of them as celebrated writers, entrepreneurs, scientists, movie directors, actors, painters and other creators. But many more multitalented people are not well-known, or even able, for many reasons, to express their talents. One […]

Aren't All Creative People Multitalented?

Aren’t All Creative People Multitalented?

They may be identified with one form of creativity – such as writing or acting, one of the visual arts, or performing music – but so many creative people work in multiple ways, in more than one area of expression. And they may not even think it is extraordinary to be so multifaceted. In his […]

Margaret Lobenstine on Mozart types and the Renaissance Soul

Margaret Lobenstine on Mozart types and the Renaissance Soul

In her article Telling A Ben Franklin From A Mozart, A Swan From A Duck, Margaret Lobenstine describes how people of two distinct sorts develop their talents and interests.  She writes: “As the bell curve demonstrates, there’s a continuum between the Mozarts on one end, who have one lifelong passion, and the Franklins on the other, […]

The Renaissance Business system for the Multi-Passionate Entrepreneur

The Renaissance Business system for the Multi-Passionate Entrepreneur

This is a program I discovered after reading some very stimulating posts by the author on being a “multipotentialite.” Here are some comments by the author Emilie Wapnick: Turn All of Your Interests into One Business Imagine having a business that allows you to focus on many of your interests and use all of your […]

The gifted adult: a lot going on inside

The gifted adult: a lot going on inside

Growing up, many people with exceptional ability and multiple talents experience themselves as too different to fit in with ‘normal’ groups. As adults, some do become the high achievers that Malcolm Gladwell writes about in his book Outliers: The Story of Success [see the post Outliers and developing exceptional abilities.] But there are many internal […]

Neil Young on collecting trains, writing sober and saving the music industry

Neil Young on collecting trains, writing sober and saving the music industry

In his new memoir “Waging Heavy Peace” Neil Young writes about one of his passions, Lionel model trains: a “very extensive collection of rarities, all proudly displayed behind glass in a room with a giant train layout” on his Northern California ranch. He refers to his collection as “a Zen experience. They allow me to […]

Laurie Anderson: Be something different every day if you want.

Laurie Anderson: Be something different every day if you want.

Laurie Anderson is one of my favorite multitalented artists, with creative skills in many directions. Here are some highlights from her Wikipedia profile: She is an American experimental performance artist, composer and musician who plays violin and keyboards and sings in a variety of experimental music and art rock styles. Initially trained as a sculptor, Anderson […]

Beyond the Chaos

Beyond the Chaos

By Edith Johnston PhD LPC I have lots of ideas.  I am intelligent and inquisitive with lots of interests.  Yet, I am insecure and everything seems incongruent as I move through life. Does this sound like something you experience?  Being a multi-talented individual, or said another way, a smart person, can lead to this kind […]

Developing multiple talents is an adventure - but not a sure thing

Developing multiple talents is an adventure – but not a sure thing

In this American Express commercial, Liz Lemon of the tv comedy series “30 Rock” (played by Tina Fey, who is also the creator and a writer of the show) is called on for a series of executive and creative decisions, as well as being a mom. As a multitalented, multitasking marvel, Lemon handles the demands […]

Steve Jobs and Thinking Differently

Steve Jobs and Thinking Differently

In addition to contributing to the global impacts of his company and its products, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was an example of an exceptionally talented creator, and continues to inspire countless people to pursue their own dreams. From a tribute to Steve Jobs: ‘Those who knew Jobs often spoke of his passion for his creations. […]

The mind's potential - Josh Waitzkin: The Art of Learning

The mind’s potential – Josh Waitzkin: The Art of Learning

Josh Waitzkin was a National Chess Champion as a boy, and the subject of the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. He writes in his new book The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance about finding at a young age that “there is something profoundly hollow about the nature of fame. I had […]

Surprised to be gifted: the inner world of unrecognized giftedness

Surprised to be gifted: the inner world of unrecognized giftedness

By Cat Robson In her post “to my surprise…” on her site Temporary Reality, “neighbor” wrote about the experience of growing up gifted that many of us can relate to. [The site is apparently offline or removed.] Below is an excerpt – published here by permission: When I was little I was labelled Gifted.  God, […]

Multi-Talented but Under-Challenged?

Multi-Talented but Under-Challenged?

By Marie-Josée Salvas, Positive Psychology News Daily A good friend of mine could be the next Martha Stewart. In fact, let’s call her Martha. Martha loves to cook and does it beautifully. Guests that she entertains for dinner wow at the presentation, rejoice throughout the meal, and are somewhat embarrassed when it’s their turn to […]

Being a perfectionist - is it a vice or asset?

Being a perfectionist – is it a vice or asset?

Perfectionism is for many people an aspect of being gifted and multi-talented, and can be an integral part of the pursuit of excellence and high achievement. But being perfectionistic in unhealthy ways can make us feel continually dissatisfied or anxious, and hold us back from finishing – or even starting – creative projects. It may […]

Anna Paquin and others on realizing multiple talents

Anna Paquin and others on realizing multiple talents

Many people make use of their abilities and achieve satisfaction in life by becoming focused pros or experts in one area. But many others keep exploring their multiple talents, interests and passions. In her article Are You a Scanner?, Barbara Sher identifies people with “intense curiosity about numerous unrelated subjects” who are “endlessly inquisitive and […]

Gordon Parks: a Renaissance Man

Gordon Parks: a Renaissance Man

Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was often referred to as a Renaissance man, as noted in an obituary by Dennis McLellan [Los Angeles Times March 8, 2006], and lived up to the label: “In addition to his photography, film work and poetry, he composed a symphony, sonatas, concertos, film scores, and wrote novels, instructional photography manuals, essays and […]

Being Creative and A Mother

Being Creative and A Mother

How does being a mother affect a creative woman, especially someone engaged in a career in the arts? “The motherhood thing – I think of it like a marathon, except a marathon is over in a day. It’s an endurance test and it’s something you absolutely can’t stop for a second. “Part of what makes […]

How Can a Jack of All Trades Be Master of Most?

How Can a Jack of All Trades Be Master of Most?

By Angie Dixon I love the myth of the Jack of All Trades. Well, not exactly. I love to talk and teach about the myth of the Jack of All Trades Master of None, because I know that it is a myth. I love to watch what happens when someone realizes that Jack of All […]

Being "scattered" and proud of it

Being "scattered" and proud of it

Gordon Parks [1912-2006] was often referred to as a renaissance man, as noted in an obituary by Dennis McLellan [Los Angeles Times March 8, 2006], and lived up to the label: “In addition to his photography, film work and poetry, he composed a symphony, sonatas, concertos, film scores, and wrote novels, instructional photography manuals, essays […]

People-pleasing may not be good for developing multiple talents

“I don’t like the word nice; it means No Inner Core Evident.” That is a quote from one of creativity coach Eric Maisel’s podcasts titled “On Being Too Nice” in which the focus [as the description says] is on “the problem of self-censorship and how too many people, wanting to be ‘nice,’ fail to find […]

Multitalented but stressed – Slow down, you move too fast

The high frequency nervous system of multitalented people is the engine for great creative work, but can also be a major factor in stress. Intensity and sensitivity – a couple of the hallmarks of people with exceptional intellectual and creative potential – can encourage anxiety. Henry Rollins has often impressed me with his energy and […]

Multiple talents – Melora Hardin on acting, directing, singing

Melora Hardin plays “Jan” on the tv series “The Office” and has roles in a number of film and tv projects. She sang as Fantine in “Les Miserables” at the Hollywood Bowl earlier this month; made her feature film directorial debut in 2007 with the movie “You,” and has produced two albums of her writing […]