Polymath resources

Hey there, Pollywog!

Remember when I said we’re in this polymath thing together? Well, I have even better news. Not only are we not alone, but we’re not even the first people to ask the big questions, like do I really have to be a specialist? And how do I find time to do everything?

Here are some of my favorite resources for polymaths, written by some of my biggest role models.

In Defense of Polymaths by Kyle Wiens, via the Harvard Business Review. There’s a reason I’m listing this one first. It’s of the best articles I’ve read on polymaths; who they are, what they do, and why it’s a good thing to be one.

Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher. Barbara coined the term Scanner, which is another word for polymath, and as far as I’m concerned, she has written the polymath Bible. There’s also a condensed version, which I can’t wait to read.

Puttylike by Emilie Wapnick. This is a fantastic online resource for Multipotentialites, which is her word for polymaths. I love the amount of detail she goes into about careers. I found Emilie through her TED Talk, and you should absolutely check that out, too.

Specialization is overrated by Emilie Wapnick, via Brazen. Why it’s better to be kinda good at a lot of things when starting your own business.

When I Grow Up Coach by Michelle Ward. Michelle is a career coach, polymath, and all-around fabulous person.

How to do so many diverse and awesome things that people will want to punch you in the face by Johnny B Truant. Before he started writing serial fiction in every genre imaginable, Johnny gave advice on how to live an extraordinary life. This is one of my favorite posts of his. And also? I have to say it. Best title ever.

The rebirth of Renaissance thinking and modern day polymaths by Jeff Goins. Jeff is a successful writer and blogger, and he also has a podcast, The Portfolio Life. For the obvious reasons, this is my favorite episode.

How to succeed as a multi-passionate careerist by Rebecca Thorman, via Brazen.

One little way to start thinking big creatively by Tanner Christensen. The way to do it? Pursue diverse interests.

I’m always looking for new resources, so if there’s anything I’ve left out, let me know.