Have you tried lots of different careers and still haven’t found the right one?
Do you have a vast variety of interests and find the prospect of choosing just one career path impossible?
Are you scared you’ll never have a successful career unless you find something and persevere with it?
If so, there’s a good chance that you’re multi-passionate.
Multi-passionate people are wired to have multiple and diverse interests, they soak up information like a sponge and learning all they can about a topic, then promptly lose interest just as quickly. They thrive off change and variety; the prospect of committing to just one career doesn’t suit their personality. The most commonly asked question by multi-passionate people is, should I combine my many passions or just choose one? Many multi-passionate people fear the answer to this question as well, nevertheless is a one size fits all approach necessarily the best option for choosing a successful and rewarding career? In a world where much of the traditional business advice says to choose one thing then focus in, a multi-passionate person can feel overwhelmed about indecision, especially when starting out.
For many years I struggled with indecision I loved journalism, screenwriting, fiction writing, health and fitness, life coaching, and even dance; I was frustrated, I was stuck in a place of indecision and I ended up stumbling into a career in finance. I had career ADHD. I understand how frustrating this can be. After years of indecision and unhappiness, I asked myself an obvious question, what is the one thing my passions have in common? The one thing the majority of my passions have in common is writing. After I made this discovery, I took action and started my first blog, but I still wasn’t happy, I loved writing, but I wanted more. I asked myself a different question, how can I use my passion for writing to give back? I realised that it was important for me to help others to dream big and achieve their goals.
The biggest mistake I initially made was not trying to choose one thing; it was trying to gain clarity by figuring it all out in my head. A career is something you experience not something to be contemplated while perusing a university prospectus, therefore clarity should be achieved through engagement. The only way to move out of indecision is to take action and make a choice and feel your way, through trial and error. When you take action, you get feedback; you eventually know whether this is the right path for you.
If you are at a crossroads in your life, faced with an important decision, another way of instantly knowing whether you are on the right track or to highlight which way you should go, is to ask yourself a simple question; in 10 years time will I regret not doing this? This simple regret test quickly highlights what is really important to you.
To be successful, it is important to focus on one thing to be an expert in, even though you are making a decision to choose one passion it does not mean that you have to ignore all of your other passions. There is nothing stopping you from pursuing them as side projects. When you choose to focus on one passionate you are building a platform. Once you become a success in one niche or passion it is easier to branch out and take on more things. When you start out, if you try to do too many things at once it will be extremely difficult to maintain, and you will get into some trouble. The Chinese philosopher Confucius said it best: ‘He who chases two rabbits catches none.’
As always, insight without action is futile! Firstly, tell me how you are going to implement the frameworks from this article to improve your life or business right now. Secondly, are you a multi-passionate individual? Are you stuck in a place of indecision? Have you overcome indecision by choosing between many passions? Or perhaps you are not multi-passionate but have overcome indecision. I want to hear your story. Please let me know by using the comments box below. Thank you for reading, sharing and commenting with such kindness and enthusiasm.