Multipotentialite: Boon or Doom

At the age five: I want to be like Santa Claus or I want to be like Hanuman or Chotabhim (If that kid is in India). At the age 10: I want to be a Doctor or an Engineer or a cricketer. At the age 15: I want to be  an Actor. And in this way, for most of the people, with respect to age, the  goal of the future is constantly going to pivot.

But have you ever tried to think that, “I want to become Engineer, Novelist, Entrepreneur and Comedian”, all together?.  Of course, we can not expect such kind of thinking from five-year-old child despite  their innocuousness. But as we grow up with changing interest in the life, such kind of multi-targeted goal must have crossed everyone’s mind, albeit once. Although, why we don’t see so many examples of such multi-passioned people in everyday life? The answer is OUR CULTURE.

The notion of narrowly focused  life is highly romanticized in our culture. When people ask, “What do you want to become in your life?”, the usually expected response is one specific goal. Many people, for what it’s worth, most people in their twenties do not have an idea about what they want to do in life. There is probably two reasons for this kind of response. Either they don’t have an interest in any area of the life or they have an interest in more than one area of life but they can not decide in which field they should pursue their goal, let’s just go with the letter. If  you don’t have the idea about which category you are falling in then do this simple reconciliation. Suppose,  you  felt that you are interested in specific work and then you became so much involved in that work but after some time you felt that you were reaching a saturation point and you need to pivot to another field. If you ever had such feeling then, hey, congratulations, you are not alone in the world. Such kind of people is called, “MULTIPOTENTIALITE”.

A Multipotentialite is a person with many interest and creative pursuits. Many would say that being distracted in too many areas may diminish your efficiency of doing specific work. Hence, this can be easily seen as a limitation or affliction you need to overcome. But, Multipotentialite has also tremendous skills which one should not forget.

The first superpower of being a Multipotentialite is IDEA SYNTHESIS. Suppose one such Multipotentialite will have some area of expertise and when he or she combines idea with other such person having his/her own areas of expertise then there would be a whole lot many common areas of intersections of their interest in which they can ace the field. Innovation always occurs at the point of intersection.

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The next major strength any Multipotentialite possess is RAPID LEARNING. The learning process is sometimes can think of as an S-Curve. During the initial phase, one first get acquainted with the process and path to achieve the goal and then it elevates to a next level. But the fact is that Multipotentialite persons had become so used to this beginner of any learning process that they can learn fast and hence this gives them an advantage over the other people. There are many skills which can be transferable across disciplines and they bring everything they have learned to every new domain they start to conquer, hence they rarely start from scratch.

The third super power of Multipotentialite is the ADAPTABILITY. It is the ability of a person to dwell into whatever characteristic requires in a given situation. The Fast company magazine has identified adaptability as a single most important factor require to thrive into the twenty-first century. If you take the example of any company such as Facebook, although, it was started as a social network but in order to survive in the rapidly changing economy of this modern globe, they have now entered in many diverse areas such as Virtual Reality, Free basic services on Internet i.e. internet.org and so on.

However, all these does not mean that one should only become a Multipotentialite  and not so much as a specialist. Specialist and Multipotentialite can make quite a team if they combine together.The specialist has a keen and deep thinking about the idea while on the same time Multipotentialite can bring the wide spectrum of his knowledge from the different area to the given project. Hence, our society, our culture should encourage every person to become according to how they are wired instead of crawling them to the narrowly inefficient field for them.

If one take the example of Elon Musk, CEO andFounder of the Tesla Motors, SpaceX, he has done his graduation with physics as a major but he is the best example of a Multipotentialite person anyone can give at the current time. He not just have founded PayPal, but then he founded electric car company ,Tesla Motors,  then by following his dream he founded SpaceX, company that makes reusable rockets,  a completely different project than earlier. He is also been involved in Solar city project and most recently into the project called Hyperloop, the fifth mode of transportation through vacuum tubes. Many a time his company faced failures and even came on the verge of bankruptcy but he did not give up on following his passion and now he is the Ironman of the world. Hence it can be said that it is hardly a waste of time to pursue something you are drawn to, even if you end up quitting.

In a nutshell, this all discussion can sum up to one point: Embrace your inner wiring, whatever that may be. If you are a specialist then you must continue to go deep down in the area of interest and if you are a Multipotentialite then embrace your many passions, explore your intersections and follow your dream down to that rabbit hall.

#BY:-  Bhargav Lakhlani

# This article is merely a recapitulation of TED talk by Emilie Wapnick.

(http://www.ted.com/playlists/407/how_to_understand_your_inner_p?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=playlist&utm_term=social-science)

 

White Suits

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“Sean Cahill”, a heavy sound of Peter Burke came as he entered the conference room.

“Sean Cahill, a hotshot at SEC is our new target and not just Sean only…” Peter paused for a moment and looked over all of the other’s apprehension at the conference table.
“Our targets are Sean Cahill and Harvey Spectre”, Peter finally revealed the suspense and took his seat.
“Ohh… You gotta be kidding me…Harvey Spectre? you want to go after Harvey Spectre?” John’s voice was filled with a feeling of complete surprise.
“The last time some official guy named Eric Woodall or something went after him, he almost lost his job and ended up in prison”, Diana was also full of concern.
“That’s the all more reason why I want to go after that son of a bitch. This morning we got an anonymous tip saying that Harvey Spectre and Sean Cahill might be colluding on their current case. And believe me, John…Diana, after the fall of Mike Ross case, I know this Sean Cahill might be a saint but Harvey is worth a target to chase for. What do you say Neal?” Peter was full of determination.
Neal Caffrey was standing by the corner with his as usual charms.
“Well, I think our success rate in The nineties has not been achieved by going after fellows like Luis Litt. If our tip is legit and rock solid then Washington will be on your doorstep I guess…” Neal was enjoying over the idea of picking a fight with someone as smart as him.
“Okey, then. Johns..You are on cahill. Diana, you got Harvey. Chek every communication, travel log, deposition transcripts since the beginning of this case. You know the drill. We can’t have another Mike Ross in New York. Neal you come with me” Peter cataloged work for everyone.
“Look we need to find solid evidence and hardcore proof against this people, so don’t poke the bear until it’s really needed”, Neal started consulting with Peter as they came out of the conference room.
“Well, I think the bear has already been poked. He is here”, Peter’s eye was on the door.
The great almighty Harvey Spectre was standing at the doorstep of the twenty-first floor of White Collar division. Peter Burke called him in his office.
“Peter Burke, the best candid officer FBI has ever seen, it’s a pleasure.”, Harvey raised his hand.
“Harvey Spectre, the best closure this city has ever seen, or so do they say”, Peter shook his hand.
“Well, it sounds like you seem to have doubt about my dignity,” Harvey asked.
“You know what I think? You would not even be here if you already have thought that earlier. So what is it gonna be Harvey? Confession or case, one, you are too proud to do and another you cannot afford. What do you think Neal?” Peter was enjoying this.
“Oh, I don’t think. I can deduce it.” Neal started. “The fact that he is standing here says lot more about his situation. He has just lost his most important limb. But for the record Harvey, I am a big fan of You and Mike Ross. You guys always remind me of Peter and me.” Neal strayed from the topic.
“Neal..”, Peter interrupted in between to control Neal’s whimsicalness.
“Alright, the fact that he came to us on the same day as we got a tip clearly indicated he knows the source and he also know that he is guilty of collusion. And he came during official hours when he knows that I’ll be here to smoothen the blow because he assumed that I might have empathy towards Mike Ross because we both are alleged criminals.” Neal knocked it out of the park.
“Okey hotshot, I also have heard about you and your smartness. You always think that you are the smartest person in the room but you must recalculate because now that I am also standing in the same room. And you said correctly, when I look at you, for a moment I think that I am looking at Mike and that’s the reason why I like u buddy”, Harvey also throttling with his ego.
“I’ll tell you this agent Burke, what sean and I did is anything but colluding, so why don’t you go ahead and pick this case but I guarantee you will end up dead in the water. And I can tell you right now that from where that anonymous tip came from. It was from Charles Fortsman, because he has settled his score with me by destroying my firm but he is now going after Sean Cahill to get revenge of Eric Woodall.”, Harvey tried to dominate the discussion.
“One thing I have understood about you agent Burke is that you also sometimes bend the rule to caught a criminal and put him away for good and as much as I hate to use it but…” Harvey gave an envelope from his jacket to Peter Burke.
“Have a nice day gentlemen. And Neal, Donna said hi to you. She is a big fan of yours” Harvey walked out with his as usual pride.
“Don’t get surprised if my anklet gets traced around the corner of Pearson Spectre Litt, Peter” Neal was gushing out with his smile. “What’s in the envelope by the way?”.
Peter opened the envelope and shocked.
“Son of a bitch knows about U-Boat scandal and our involvement in that. How the hell did he found out?” Peter was depressed now.
“Well, after all, he is HARVEY SPECTRE”, Neal said and closed the door.

Cross-Over: Episode 2: Escaped and Reentered

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[Previously on Cross-Over: Episode 1:  Mike Ross was behind bars and Michael Scofield was sent to him by Harvey for braking out Mike out of prison because Fortsman had set a target on Mike’s back. Help from France was also coming… and now story continues]

Cross-Over: Episode 2: Escaped and Reentered

An exquisite blare of alarm spread through silent air of the prison yard. The darkness of the night was seized by the red light hovering over the yard.  Mike Ross and Michael Scofield got up in a glance. Both were stunned by looking at the view outside their cell. All the guards were deployed to escort every prisoner to the assembly area. They all were looking in very crossed mood.

Mike’s head was bursting out of thoughts. It’s been just a few hours before Scofield forewarned him about the target on his back placed by Fortsamn. This may be a plot to kill him between this hustle and if that is the case he is not going down easily, Mike thought. He turned towards Scofield for help but he was also with his as usual stern face possibly calculating every possibility of what is going to happen next.

“This is not merely a coincidence…” Scofield started. “This kind of alarm went off for only two reasons during my prison time”, Scofield paused for a moment and looked to Mike. Mike was scared to death but somehow keeping his cool to think logically.

“If someone escaped or murdered”, Scofield finished.

“Well, definitely if we do not remain precautious then that dead body is going to be mine”, Mike was exaggerating his fear.

“But why risk such a hustle if you can kill silently… unless there is a chance of …” Scofield stopped instantly. A myriad glow of understanding ran through his face. Mike was in total dilemma about Scofield’s state of mind but before he can ask about what it is that blowing Scofiled’s mind away; two guards came into their cell and pushed them in the line of prisoners going out to assembly area.

“What is it Scofiled? What kind of killer I am looking at? Come on you got to give me something here. You are the maestro of criminal minds” Mike relentlessly asked to Scofield who was walking behind him in the line. Mike was continuously looking all over his shoulder to look out for a killer.

“Don’t panic Mike. This is it. As Sherlock said ‘Consider every possibility and then eliminate the impossible and what remains is nothing but the truth’, in this case the truth means Au Revoir for us” Scofield said in silent voice.

Mike’s genius brain was not getting any of this but one thing he understood that Scofield is saying goodbye to him but why? He was supposed to get him out of here unless there is no need of that anymore. May be this are the last few breaths of his remaining pedestrian life. Mike’s heart was pounding out of his chest.

All prisoners were counted and searched. No caveat thing emerged from any prisoner. Mike also lost the track of Scofield in the way and now both of them were separated in that group of prisoners. This is strange, Mike thought. If no one escaped then the alarm is for only one reason which is his inevitable death. He was totally haywire during his return trip to prison cell. Every second he was expecting a blow from any side to shred him into pieces.

 

But peculiarly nothing happened on his return trip. When he reached his cell he saw Scofield was already there hiding under the shadow of a corner, seating silently. Door of the prison buzzed off.

“I thought you were smarter than me”, Mike started to scold Scofield. “Now I am thinking otherwise. You are supposed to help me here but instead you are derailing me from my logic. What was this whole scene about? Do you have any goddamn idea?” Mike was more furious on himself then Scofield because he was not getting a clear picture of events.

“Rule number one of being smart is that never think that you are the smartest person in the room.” a lucrative voice emerged from the corner where Mike was supposedly thinking Scofield. But he knows this inveigle voice. He has seen the proprietor of this cunning voice stealing Nazi’s treasure, defeating the Pink Panthers and allegedly get killed in New York.

“Michael Ross, It’s a pleasure”, the man came out of shadows and raise a hand towards Mike.

His blue eyes were shining in the wee light of the prison. As usual his coaxed smile is all over his face. The man had his own charms.

“Neal Caffery, the most deceptive but smartest man of country” Mike shook hand with Neal with a relieved smile.

“Allegedly” Neal corrected Mike with smile.

And then a glare of understanding came on Mike’s face. Now he understood the whole concept of events which has just happened.

“I see you have got answers to your question you were asking me a minute earlier.” Neal also saw the glare on Mike’s face.

“This was not a murder plan. This was also not just an escape. This was escape and readmission. Scofield’s been extracted and you took his place instead and that’s why the prisoner’s count remained intact. But here is what I don’t understand; I thought the three of us are going to break out but then why Scofield is not here?” Mike’s brain is counting all possibility.

“He’s been extracted out due to his urgent requirement in outer world. His new season’s trailer is out and hence his presence is of much essence there.  And besides that; there is not going to be any break. This is now seized and decease mission.” Neal shaded complete light on modified situation.

Mike didn’t get it. If they are not going to break out then how can he survive a fatal attack in prison? Before he can think anymore Neal gave him a letter.

“This is from Harvey. You will understand everything” Neal said.

Mike felt safer after listening Harvey’s name. It seems like ha haven’t seen him in forever. He started reading it.

 

“Mike,

I know that you are hanging there like a Luis’s Bruno but hey I have got some good news. I am working on your defense and there is a firm chance that you will be out of there in no time; LEGALLY! And now since John Snow is back with you, he will help you to survive there in the meantime. Until then buckle up, hang tight and enjoy the ride. Just remember how our life was like THIS and I liked THAT, this is that THAT.

Harvey.”

Mike looked at the letter for some more time. He was down to stomach happy that he is going to be out of there but scared about meantime and how Neal is going to help him survive the killer.

“Harvey is a son of a bitch. Just look at this letter he is getting kick out of this.” Mike asked Neal.

“When a person write such kind of things it usually means he is hiding his fear for giving heads up to the other party”, Neal explained the real crux of Harvey’s mind.

“Well that’s not comforting at all”, Mike told Neal in tensed voice. “Now tell me, what our plan of survival is. You are going to be my watchdog, right?” Mike continued.

“At the moment Mozzy is accessing each and every prisoner’s detail and then we’ll cross check it with Fortsman allies and then will try to ping the killer inside the yard.” Neal gave up all his master plan.

“How the hell did Mozzy got an access to Prison’s database? Is he that good with computers?” Mike was in a bit ambush.

“He is not just good. He’s better. And trust me, after long time he is happy to work on a case opposite to fades.” Neal said describing the real Mozzy.

“So until then as Harvey said let’s just hold tight and enjoy the ride” Mike said with a great relief.

“Yeah, probably a good idea at the moment” Neal also approved. And then both went to sleep in the darkness.

#written by: Bhargav Lakhlani

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#bhargav1195@gmail.com

 

When Tony Stark meets Harvey Specter

 

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The sound of Audi’s engine stopped and Tony Stark stepped out of his car. He was as usual wearing his grey suit and his ego was all over his face. Although thing one can’t say from his outer disguise is that he was a bit afraid of the man he is about to meet. With one deep breath he finally entered the restaurant.

No one was inside. After all he booked the whole restaurant for this appointment so no one can disturb him. Waiter came and asked, “What would you like to have Sir?”

“This restaurant is famous for its sushi, sir” a digital voice of Jarvis murmured inside Stark’s com.

“No I am good” Stark replied in surprisingly polite voice to waiter. “We are not going to stay longer Jarvis. Where the hell is he? We are supposed to leave for our lecture at MIT in an hour.” Stark was now being anxious.

“I think you two have some common ground for following time schedule, sir” Jarvis replied in witty way.

“Remind me to rewrite your code Jarvis. Sometime I regret putting sense of humor in your programming…” Stark was repetitively staring at door.

Suddenly the door opened and a man entered the room. He was full of confidence, walking like a man who is about to kick some ass.

“You are infamous Tony Stark” the man said while shaking his hand with Stark.

“And you are Harvey Specter, Best closer this country may have ever seen and the man who is twenty minutes late so let…” Stark started in conceited way but Harvey stopped him.

“Let’s make one thing clear Tony. You may not know this but here is the thing. I don’t pave the way for people, people pave the way for me; be that Michel Jordan or Tony Stark” Harvey knocked out Tony from the ring in the first round.

“I know you are cocky but you are looking at the man who is about to give you billion dollar business deal. So you might want to play nice with me. After all you must know what I do with my enemies” Stark said and pushed button on his watch and suddenly three screens popped out of thin air around that watch.

On one screen Stark was driving the nuke to alien world. On another screen Stark’s Mack 42 was finishing off the Aldrich Killian and on third screen it was Stark and Captain America. Stark was observing the reaction of Harvey’s face to see if something’s changed or not. But Harvey was as calm as baby and smiling towards Stark.

“You may be tech genius Tony but I am a Man genius. I know you and the reason why you are here. So about that billion dollar deal you mentioned Tony, I just got it” Harvey was in his full form.

“Jarvis did you leaked any information?” Stark asked to Jarvis in mild voice but Harvey heard it anyway.

“I don’t have any warning of data breach, sir” Jarvis replied instantly.

“There is a warrant out to cease and capture of Ultron you created and obviously you can dodge whole US army in your sleep but Paper somehow convinced you to fight this battle legally. Next thing you did is put Jarvis on quest to find best lawyer in country and Harvey Specter’s name popped up on your screen, well Thank you Jarvis…” Harvey was enjoying his moments.

“Always a pleasure Mr. Specter and it was not best lawyer in just country; it was in the world” Digital voice of Jarvis came out of Stark’s Watch. Stark looked with very unpleasant way towards watch.

“You are going to rebooting mode today J” Stark said to Jarvis in cruel way.

“Anyway enough chitchat and showoff. You did your homework so let’s get to the point. What do you think? Do I stand any chance legally? Or I have to attack on whole pentagon to stop this.” Stark asked and stood up.

“Well we are the trademark of attitude and Ego In the world so showoff goes with it without saying” Harvey continued. “And to answer your question, Yes; since you have come to me there is no army in world which can take away your Ultron from you” Harvey said with confidence and also stood up.

Stark caught Harvey’s hand while shaking and asked, “Seriously Harv, How did you know all this thing if even Jarvis didn’t leak any information”.

Harvey was smiling in his head.

“You have your Jarvis Tony but I have Donna” Harvey dropped the hammer.

“After you scheduled this appointment one call to attorney general’s office and his secretary sang like Canary to donna. Besides that Paper and Donna are friends” Harvey finally revealed his secret.

Stark was astounded for a moment. “Our girl Fridays are ally?” he asked in surprising tone.

Stark and Harvey paused for a moment and then broke out in laughter.

“So I guess now I can wear one of those T-shirts saying HARVEY SPECTER IS MY LAWYER” Stark said while both started walking towards door.

“Don’t push it” Harvey replied with his infamous style.

“But about my legal fees, I might take one of your Iron man suit” Harvey said.

And then Stark turned towards Harvey’s face and said with his infamous style,

“I am the Iron Man”.

And then they were gone.

# by Bhargav Lakhlani

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