The Multi-hyphen method: work less, create more, and design a career that works for you

“Don’t be afraid of having multiple careers and interests.”

The Multi-hyphen method is a business book of 208 pages written by Emma Gannon that talks about being multi-hyphenate.

Multi Hyphenate refers to someone with different job titles such as writer, teacher, marketer… It’s a person who has skills and experience in various fields.

I was interested in graphic design, photography, writing, psychology, music and film in my early twenties, and they judged me for that. Some of my friends criticized me for being like that and telling me I should choose only one thing. I just couldn’t.

8 years from then, I’m grateful I didn’t follow their advice.

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Having a diverse career doesn’t mean that you can’t be an expert.

“A myth that comes with the multi-hyphenate tag is that having a diverse career must mean you cannot be an expert because you are a jack of all trades.”

As I mentioned my interests above, even though they were not one, they were all related. They shared art and creativity between them. I developed some skills through practice. For others, I took additional courses and so on.

“This is not about people being marginally good at variety of things, it is about picking multiple skills to hone that complement each other. “

Yes, all the things I was interested in were complementary to each other, even though I hadn’t noticed that at the beginning, but now I can see it clearly.

I use my graphic design and photography skills to design my posts for social media, and my interest in books, psychology and self-development became my career focus. I use my artistic skills to deliver messages through social media and my blog “Read With Ninette”.

University courses are not enough.

“It appears that Gen Z are going to go straight into the thick of it, because university courses could be out of date by the time they learn them and get into the working world…”

Technology is developing so fast that we can barely adapt to it as quickly. Some university courses are outdated because they don’t follow the change and needs of the current era. Social media such as YouTube and Instagram made it easier for Gen Z to showcase their talent and experiment without the need to go through long years of study in college. Having a smartphone, a laptop, and Wi-Fi Is enough to launch a YouTube channel and become a creator if you’re consistent and good at it. 

This book gave me a name for what I’ve always been.

As you can see, I chose some book fragments to show what it is about. It’s a book that I could relate to because they often judge me for having multiple interests. This book gave me a name for what I’ve always been.

The multi-hyphen method is a realistic book. At the end of each chapter, the writer suggests an exercise to apply. Coming up with a personal definition of success is one exercise I like a lot.

The book doesn’t glorify the use of social media. It shows its positive and negative sides, giving tips on how to maintain a balanced life without overworking. In addition, it tackles the subject of money, which is rarely addressed in society and books.

I highly recommend this book because it covers so many aspects clearly and straightforwardly. Read it slowly and apply the exercises. Remember, it is not about how fast you can finish a book but how much you keep and gain new perspectives and skills for yourself and/or your career.

Ninette Abi Atallah

3 thoughts on “The Multi-hyphen method: work less, create more, and design a career that works for you”

  1. I am really inspired with your writing talents and also with the format on your blog.

    Is this a paid subject matter or did you modify it your self?

    Anyway stay up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a great
    weblog like this one these days..

    1. Hello! thank you for visiting my blog. I’m happy that you like it. Regarding the format, it was a template that I edited to fit my taste and voice. I made sure that the visuals also match the spirit… I took some photos and edit them. You see, I’m multi-hyphenate myself like the blog you just read. <3

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