Just like any other multi-passionate out there, I HATE labels.
When someone calls me a business coach, I want to scream inside: “But I’m so much more than that! I’m a writer. A skincare blogger. An entrepreneur. A teacher. A creative…”
Putting one label on what I do and who I am feels so reductive. Stifling. Absurd, even.
And yet… Without a common language, how can you connect with people? How can you find those who share your same interests? How can you make your ideal clients understand how you can help them?
It’s sort of catch 22. You kinda need labels… you just don’t need to be put in a box. Is that possible?
Yes. Here’s how to use labels in a way that empowers – NOT limits – you and your multi-passionate nature:
How Labels Can Empower Multi-Passionate Creatives
For most of my life, I’ve felt like a flaky loser for jumping from one business idea to the other. Everyone else knew what they wanted to do with their life and was sticking to the plan. Why couldn’t I find my one thing?
Everything changed when I stumbled onto one of Marie Forleo’s videos and heard her call herself a multi-passionate entrepreneur.
Multi-what?! Why had no one told me that being multi-passionate was a thing?!
Words can’t describe the surge of relief that washed over my body as I realised there was a name for people like me.
Sticking that multi-passionate label on myself helped me immensely:
- It made me feel normal – I wasn’t a flaky loser. I’m just wired differently.
- It allowed me to pursue my different interests without guilt and shame.
- It gave me a sense of identity – I finally feel proud of who I am.
- It granted me permission to be my full self – even when other people don’t get me.
- It helped me find a community of people who’s wired just like me.
When a label is in alignment with who you are, it’s not limiting. It’s freeing. It’s a permission slip to be your true authentic self and act in accordance with who you are or aspire to be – not what other people expect you to be.
How Labels Can Limit Multi-Passionate Creatives
Labels are empowering only when YOU choose them. It’s when other people stick them on you that they become restrictive.
People do this with the best intentions. They need to understand who you are and what you do, so you can be top of mind when they need you.
But, it’s often an oversimplification that doesn’t feel authentic to you. Worse, it makes you feel like you can’t change. Like you must stay trapped in the box you’ve been assigned into or you’ll disappoint people and be excluded from the group.
It’s true you may ruffle some feathers or confuse people if you decide to pivot your business or just point out you’re more than one thing. That’s not a good reason to stay stuck in a box you don’t belong in.
You have the right to choose your own labels and reject those you don’t like. The right people will understand and come on board.
The Label Paradox
Labels help us make sense of the world. Without them, we wouldn’t have a common language to connect with one another. But you don’t have to accept a label that doesn’t feel right – or keep using a label that doesn’t fit right anymore, for that matter. Take what works and ditch the rest.