Are you a Multi-Passionate Entrepreneur or Professional?

It's actually mind-boggling that there are people out there who focus and specialize in one, single area. This approach to leadership and career-building is rapidly becoming outdated. In recent years, terms like "multi-passionate" and “multipotentialite” have begun to spring up in entrepreneurship literature, talks and resources.


"I feel many of us can relate to wasting copious amounts of time thinking about what to do with our lives, how to do it, and what path to pursue"


Embracing this multi-passionate reality, I’ve actually reached a point where the idea of specializing or having my career focused on a particular role or industry is neither realistic nor desirable. Instead of building up in one area, I choose to grow out and become well versed in multiple areas instead. And I’m completely okay with that.


I feel many of us can relate to wasting copious amounts of time thinking about what to do with our lives, how to do it, and what path to pursue when you’re interested in three or more completely unrelated and distinct areas. The idea of specializing in just one often paralyzes us, and stops us from pursuing any of them at all.



"Remember your professional life or work energy can be distributed in various ways"



Looking at modern, successful people, we often see how dynamic they are. They don’t feel the need to excel at one or both of their areas of interest, yet somehow manage to do so in many areas instead. Their courage coupled with their ambition makes it almost impossible to fail; because passion is the real key to success.



So what can you do if you find yourself constantly thinking about the number of paths and passions you have? Do you pursue simultaneously? Sequentially? Flip a coin?


What you do is:


TAKE ACTION!



Truly, I think there is a time you just need to get out of your head and just begin. Remember your professional life or work energy can be distributed in various ways. You may be an Event Planner, a Mortgage Agent, a Health and Wellness Coach, and a Volunteer. Whatever you are, your life takes the shape you give it.



Some debates feel the credibility is in the specialization and the ability to master something, but in the changing world with such constant evolution and innovation, I think we see the benefits and advantages of people who have many different backgrounds and are able to provided a very complex and unique perspective to business.



"It’s important to discover who you are, and then live the life that serves you best."



Author Elizabeth Gilbert did a talk once for Super Soul Session. She highlighted the difference in people. There are people like herself, who are born knowing this is what I love and what I’ll be doing. And then there is the other group who she refers to as “hummingbirds”. They fly from flower to flower, cross-pollinating the world and building complex lives.



Neither one is better than the other, the two are simply different. However, for too long the latter was looked down upon. I, myself, am the second, and as multi-passionate people we often have to incur the criticism of being flighty, flaky, and idealistic. But now as the world grows and changes, I think it’s becoming clearer and clearer how valuable the hummingbirds of the world can be.


It’s important to discover who you are, and then live the life that serves you best. So if you’re a hummingbird, find a way to honour that identity, and do as much as possible with the time you have. Focus can look different on different people; get used to how it looks on you.


For more on the topic check the link below:



With Gratitude,

Jessica


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Marie Forleo TV
https://www.marieforleo.com/2016/07/multipassionate/

Elizabeth Gilbert - Super Soul Session
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_PSUskgiZU

Emilie Wapnick at TEDxBend
Why some of us don't have one true calling
https://www.ted.com/talks/emilie_wapnick_why_some_of_us_don_t_have_one_true_calling/up-next