I’ve been going through my books as part of a de-cluttering jag. I found this one – which I loved when I read it and I now think I need to re-read. It’s called The Renaissance Soul “Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One”.
- Does the thing you are doing, even though you enjoy it, never feel like “it”?
- Do you pick up interests, burn through them, and then drop them?
- Does doing the same thing “for the rest of your life” seem like a life sentence of boredom?
- Do you feel like you should know “what you want to be” by now?
- Do you wish you could feel focused and commit to one thing, but you just can’t make yourself do that?
It describes how our culture is skewed right now toward rewarding people who have “one true interest”. The author compares Mozart vs Ben Franklin. The former was all about music, music, music from a young age. Ben Franklin on the other hand, had a lot of disparate interests, from politics to experiments with electricity to creating the first public library–and more. She gives a bell-curve of interests with Mozart on one extreme and Franklin on the other and most people in the middle.
The problem is for some reason (probably due to industry wanting to have highly specialized workers or something like that), our schools and our culture tends to reward people who specialize early and stick to one thing.
People who don’t fit this model often feel broken or deficient. They keep trying to get themselves into a mold that doesn’t fit.
I know I suffer from this self-criticism immensely. I have 4 blogs (and am working on launching 3 more) and I often feel like a freak. Shouldn’t I have just one? If I only had one I could write on it more regularly, and isn’t that what I’m supposed to do? Will my readers feel abandoned? Will I lose momentum? Am I sabotaging myself? Am I diluting my personal brand? AHHH!!!
This post isn’t a “I have the solution” post, more of a “I am working on this one” post.
For anyone looking for career advice who is a “multi-passionate”, check out Emelie’s blog at PuttyLike.