Are you that person who does many different unrelated things and you are criticized for not being focused on one?
Do you feel lost when people you know have a particular thing they are pursuing, while you juggle different hats without a possibility of finding a job title that contains all your passions?
You are multi-passionate.
It is alright to change your mind every now and then. Don’t beat yourself up for going in different directions; be open to trying new things.
If you embrace it, you will find new systems to help you do all things you are interested in, while remaining focused and productive.
A multi-passionate individual is a person who has various passions and often finds answering the question, “what do you want to become in the future (or when you grow up)” difficult as they feel they have to settle down to one thing only. Such an individual is also known as a renaissance person, multi-potentiality, polymath, or scanner.
In today’s business environment, Steve Jobs, Tim Ferris, and Richard Branson are good examples of multi-passionate people.
Other historical examples include Maya Angelou, Aristotle, and Sir Isaac Newton among others.
Wondering how to be okay with being multi-passionate? Here are the steps to take:
1. Accept who, and where you are
As with some many other things in life, you have to accept who you are, then devise a strategy or strategies that will help you through the journey.
Speaking about his own journey of finding self, Nick Maccarone observed that by not limiting himself or attempting to dupe his heart into some “conventional path it knew better than to follow” he allowed himself to “take a little bit from each experience and lean into the intricacies of my being”.
“I am not defined by one thing or by anything,” He wrote on Medium. “I follow where my heart and curiosity beg me to consider. I pursue each path as wholly as I can while not exhausting the possibility of doing the same for another.” he continued.Clarity comes from engagement, not thought. - @marieforleo Click To Tweet
2. Keep a record of all your ideas
Often, an idea will pop in your mind and sometimes it feels like the calling that you have been waiting for. However, it changes and you are back to the drawing board.
Without a doubt, it will be difficult to be knee-deep in one project for too long. As such, keep a record of all interests and ideas that come up.
In addition to writing, reviewing the ideas is also important. Assign yourself time to go through the ideas to track what you have tried, and what you will try in the future.
Keep a small book with you to write random thoughts. Establish a day in a week or month when you can sit down to review them.
Stephanie Medford an artist, designer, writer, and traveler notes that she keeps a ‘for later’ list of books she wants to read in the future.
“On the rare occasion when I have nothing to read, I turn to that list,” she adds in her article called ‘the joys of being multi-passionate’.The best way to go about unveiling your ideas is by acting on them. Pick something on the list, anything- and jump right into it. Click To Tweet
3. Act on decisions, don’t just think about them
When uncertain about an idea, don’t wait until when the choices seem clearer in your mind.”Clarity comes from engagement, not thought,” says Marie Forleo, an entrepreneur, writer, and philanthropist.
The best way to go about unveiling your ideas is by acting on them. Pick something on the list, anything- and jump right into it.
It is by doing that you discover if the idea is something you want to put your energy into or move to the next thing.
All in all, you don’t have to feel bad for not having one specific passion that you follow.
Franchesca Ramsey, an artist, comedian, activist, TV and YouTube personality and actress advises other renaissance people to keep a calendar. Additionally, she tries to stick to the schedule and also keeps a personal day to explore things that she was not able to do during that week or work on personal projects.
“My team knows that if it is on the calendar, that’s the time that is blocked off.”
“You kinda have to set those boundaries for yourself,” she adds.
Below is a link to the 31-minute interview Ms. Franchesca did a while back to help you get started and re-discover yourself as a multi-passionate individual.
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