Starr @StarrWDesigns cried when Emilie Wapnick, Founder of The Putty Tribe explained what it was to be a person of many interests aka MultiPod/MultiPotentialite. “Emilie’s TED Talk (Why some of us don’t find our true calling) resonated with me. I was actually in tears listening to her describe Me!” For the first time, Starr realized there was nothing wrong with her “internal wiring” she was just born that way and “it was okay to not subscribe to the 30-years-retire-and-die life!”
“Let’s go back to the beginning. What did you want to be when you grew up?”,I inquired sounding like a therapist. I didn’t mean to come off that way. But, I’ve always been interested in people’s journeys. And knowing I’m a MultiPod, I’m doubly fascinated with the circumstances that led others to discovering themselves and appreciating their multi potential. And there is no better way to start than at the beginning.
What did you want to be when you grew up? It was a question everyone has been asked. And with it comes a slow and deliberate conditioning that takes place at a young age within the educational system. The pressure to choose one thing to pursue. An overwhelming decision for a MultiPod/Multipotentialite to make. Because to a MultiPod every interest is equally important making it doubly difficult to choose. PassionsPilot
Starr giggled recalling, “From ages 5 to 18, I wanted to be a black jack dealer in Las Vegas, a marine biologist, architect, engineer, physical therapist, doctor, and an inventor”,she exhaled rattling off the list. “What about the jobs you ended up taking that weren’t MultiPod friendly?”, I asked. “Ugh! So many! I’ve been a technologist in clinical labs, taught high school mathematics, worked as a clinical data analyst, and …presently an engineer in an environmental setting”,Starr said. “Sounds like a typical MultiPod to me”, I laughed. “Any job that requires …repetitive work doesn’t fit my MultiPod-ness”, she added.
“What were your childhood passions?“ I was curious how she blended her childhood interests and work experience in science, technology, and education into her jewellery design company, StarrWDesigns. Her Dad sparked Starr’s interest in construction and design. Hanging out with him while he built houses inspired her to create new worlds in the forest near her house. And, design fake injuries with makeup like a Hollywood Special Effects Makeup artist.
“Tell me about your jewelry business?” Starr confided, “My art was an accidental discovery. I thought it would be cool to use beach sand from my …favourite places on Earth to put into jewelry so I could always have that connection.” A treasure chest of “broken bling” and people taking an interest in her designs became the spring boards to launching her jewelry business. “So much vintage jewelry is great quality and far from disposable”,Starr said. Diverting waste to relieve already overburdened landfills is her mission to saving the world one piece at a time. “Pieces that are beyond repair get responsibly repurposed and combined with my beach sand components. It’s an ever expanding experiment that excites me daily!”, Starr beamed.
“So what led you away from doing the things you wanted to do in the past?” Starr sighed, “Always fear but using time and money as my “legitimate” excuses so as to not have to admit I’m afraid of success.” “What? Why are you afraid of success?”,I said. But, deep down I understood what she was talking about. I had sabotaged my efforts too.
“Ah, that pesky fear of success”, Starr sighed. “I could probably write an entire series analyzing that one thing!” Starr welcomes failure as a way of gathering data. But, success is a totally different animal. “It adds pressure that I have to continue to be as good or better”,she said. “The joy drains from what I’m doing. The expectations get me every time!”, Starr adds. That endless cycle of feeling inspiration followed by mad execution. Then, boredom overtakes enthusiasm leading you to abandon the project. While shame takes over to question all the time and money wasted.
Only to begin another cycle. “Yes!”, I agreed. “I knew the feeling all too well!” “So what are the projects that are tugging at you to pursue?” “Write and publish a book or 10. Reclaim asphalt lots in cities and create green spaces. Beekeeping. An entire business based on recycling disposed glass”, Starr says . “Not too many things!”, I said grinning. MultiPods are continuously dreaming of things to accomplish.
“What does it mean to you to be a MultiPod?”, I asked Starr. “That you really can dream it and do it! You don’t have to fit a label or a box, and that the exciting opportunities lie at the intersections of seemingly conflicting interests!”, she said. “Wow! Very poetic!”,I said. “And how would a coach help you realize all these dreams?“ “Keep me accountable. Help address my fear. And, to refocus and regroup when I get overwhelmed”, Starr finished. “Do you use something to keep you motivated?” “I love Fight Song by Rachel Platten! I keep my playlist full of songs that make me want to take over the universe!!!”,Starr declares.
“How are you preparing your daughters to work in the 21st century?”. Starr said she’s already started teaching her 4 and 11 year old to create their dream jobs. “You think The Putty Tribe could turn into a big social movement? Educating young people to diversify their talents”,I added. “Yes!”, Starr says. She tells her daughters, “If it isn’t out there, “Then we’ll create it!” She believes young people shouldn’t be limited in their career selections. And, Starr wants that for everyone!