Hey there, Pollywog!
If this is your first time here, you might be wondering… what the heck is a polymath? To put it simply, a polymath is someone who’s passionate about a lot of different things. We’re also known as Scanners, Renaissance People, and Multipotentialites.
Beyond that, there are as many ways to be a polymath as there are polymaths, themselves. Some of us have a handful of interests that we keep coming back to, while others pursue something intensely for awhile, then lose interest for good. Some focus on one interest at a time, and others have a whole mess of projects going at once.
The one thing we have in common is that we don’t want to specialize.
Growing up, we were expected to find the one thing we were good at and stick with it forever. For other people this wasn’t a problem, but to us, this sounded suffocating and boring and even a little bit crazy.
After all, there are so many wonderful, amazing, interesting things in the world. In the same way we wouldn’t want to spend our lives eating one flavor of ice cream, we don’t want to spend the next thirty years as just a doctor or a lawyer.
It would be much more exciting to be a writer, an artist, a student, a mentor. A scientist, a musician, a sculptor, a mathematician. An activist, a skydiver, and a flaming chainsaw juggler.
If you’re anything like me, you might have tried to settle down, narrow your focus, and be like everyone else. After a few attempts, you probably realized that this was never going to happen! And you wondered… isn’t there another way?
Well, Pollywog, I have good news for you. There is. And the best part? You don’t have to do it by yourself.
I created this site to show you that it’s possible to thrive as someone who’s interested in all the things. I hope you’ll follow along as I dive into my current obsessions, share my projects past and present, and cover some important polymath topics like…
How to pick a creative project to work on when you have (literally) ten million ideas.
How to start working, even if you feel overwhelmed and resistant.
How to make a polymath life possible by learning to manage your time, work space, and piggy bank.
How to work on your various interests and projects even when you’re going through a major life change.
More than anything, I hope you’ll share your thoughts. Because the first rule of being a polymath? Is to take all advice with a grain of salt. What works for me might not work for you, and the more polymath perspectives we’re exposed to, the easier it will be for us to find our own paths.
Let’s build something awesome together!