A plethora of abilities, and therefore a bewildering array of possibilities for projects, and eventually a college major, usually confront the older teenage and young adult polymath. The dilemma, though outwardly different from the toddler stage, is still essentially the same: how to choose among too many interests.
If conditions have been optimal during the child’s growing-up years, he or she may realize that it’s time to focus on a few subjects or areas, and accept that the rest will be sidelined, at least for a time. An example of optimal conditions would be an education that does not frustrate and distract, but actually serves the child’s needs. This in turn can help the polymath keep a clear head, and preserve his or her attention for the primary question: What am I going to do with my life?
If conditions have not been optimal, then the period of uncertainty and sorting through possible career paths may stretch out much longer because of the distractions and sidetracks imposed by those less-than-ideal circumstances.