Scanners, Renaissance People, Polymaths, Multipotentialites! There Is Hope: Polymath Is The New Normal

Hello there, Scanners and Renaissance People, Jacks of all Trades, you may still be struggling with your many fields of interests. But there is hope: Polymath is the new normal, writes author Michael Simmons.


Permission to be a Scanner

Maybe you’ve already learned about your right to Refuse to Choose?

In her groundbreaking book, Barbara Sher suggests that we „use all of our interests, passions, and hobbies to create life and career of our dreams„. Not one or two of them, but all of them.

If you haven’t read it already, check out her book. It’s full of useful information on organizing your particular multi-sidedness.

And maybe you want to visit Barbara Sher’s facebook group Scanners and Renaissance Souls, where people like us are hanging out.


Still struggling with your many interests?

Let’s assume you’re aware of your „Scanner identity“ and you’ve learned about a life with many interests. You do know there are other people like you out there and that being multi-faceted is not a mistake. You’ve found ways to promote your own talents, and you’ve made progress.

But if you’re like me, sometimes you are still struggling with how to put everything into practice.

And maybe sometimes, you still feel like a fraud! Wouldn’t things be so much easier if only you were a specialist?! Aren’t there just too many different colors in your bouquet of flowers?


Atypical combinations of skills may build your future sucess

If you feel like this, this article by Michael Simmons may be for you: People Who Have “Too Many Interests” Are More Likely To Be Successful According To Research.

The author states that having too many interests means having the ability of „building atypical combinations of skills and knowledge across fields and then integrating them to create breakthrough ideas“.

Doesn’t that sound so much better?

„I define a modern polymath is someone who becomes competent in at least three diverse domains and integrates them into a top 1-percent skill set.“

Why not grow up to be a Modern Polymath?


Polymath advantages

Michael Simmons gives us 7 Polymath Advantages.

And even better: „Being a polymath will be the new normal, and polymaths who synthesize diverse skills to create breakthrough innovations and solve complex problems will have a huge impact.“

Here’s the link to Michael Simmons‘ article.


Let yourself be encouraged to be everything you can be, to build your personal odd skill set and draw your own unusual conclusions.

Be the best You you can be, with your exact specifications.

With all of your colors in your unique bouquet of flowers.


Scanners, have fun!

Yours, Jana

Here is the next English article: There is no final draft – Keep revising your life, says Felicia Ricci


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