Having multiple strengths & passions can be a tremendous gift, as long as you embrace it.
I knew it was coming.
My palms started to sweat. My heart beat a little bit faster. A feeling of dread swept over my body. I just wanted to disappear.
“So, Giorgia, What do you do?,” the smiling brunette asked me after we shook hands.
“I… ermmm…. I have a little skincare blog and do some coaching on the side and…. you know, every now and then do some freelance writing for some beauty brands I like….”
I was about to mention the book I’m writing, too, but her eyes were already glazing over…
People like to put you in a box. If you do only one thing, they know immediately if they’re interested in what you have to offer.
But when you do all the things? They don’t take you seriously. They think you’re flaky, or worse, just have lots of hobbies and no real business.
You’re tempted to pick one thing and tell everyone about it. Do they really need to know about your other projects?
But that feels like cutting off an arm or picking a fave child. You just can’t.
How do you tell people you’re multipassionate without looking flaky?
How To Be Multipassionate Without Looking Flaky
Embrace Your Multipassionate Nature
Emotions are contagious. If you feel flaky for having too many passions, others will pick up on it, too.
So, own it! As a multipassionate woman myself, I honestly can’t imagine doing one thing for the rest of your life. Working in the same cubicle for 20 years? May work for some, but it’s hell for me.
I want to explore all my passions and see where they take me. Start new businesses, write new books, and do whatever else I’ll come up with in the future.
To me, being multipassionate is a gift. An opportunity to explore multiple passions, broaden my horizons, and serve people in different ways. Be proud of it.
When someone asks you the dreaded, “What do you do?’ question, simply say, “at the moment, I’m….” or “I’m multipassionate. I do two things [_________]. Which one would you like to hear more about?”
When you own who you are, other people will take you seriously, too.
Explore Your Interests In Private
Are you just starting out in your career and no one knows who you are yet? Awesome!
This is the perfect opportunity to try all your craziest ideas, test random stuff, and explore every interest. If you fail, no one will know about it.
So, really, what have you got to lose? Play around, throw all kinds of spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks.
FYI, whether you’re just starting out or already have an army of raving fans, you don’t have to announce your new project the second you start working on it.
For example, you can start a blog and write every day for 3 months before you tell a soul about it. That’ll give you the time to try out blogging and see if you like it before going all in.
When I started writing my skincare book, I didn’t even tell my partner until I finished the first draft! I didn’t want people breathing on my neck and pestering me about release date.
Playing in private gave me the time and space to do my best work – and now I’ve done it, I’m proud to shout the news from the rooftops.
Not Every Passion Has To Be A Business
Truth bomb: you can enjoy your passions even if you’re not making money from them.
This was a hard lesson for me to learn. I’ve always believed in the mantra “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
So I spent my adult years trying to monetize every interest I have. You’d think I’d hit the jackpot every time, right?
Wrong. I absolutely adore writing, but freelance writing for other people took all the fun out of it. It became a chore I could gladly do without.
I toyed with the idea of creating a history magazine that focuses around female figures. I even had a name, ‘HerStory”. But I couldn’t figure out a way to make it profitable, so I dropped it.
The truth is, you can’t monetize some passions. Either there’s no money in it (and let’s face it, girl’s gotta eat) or it turns into work and you don’t enjoy it anymore.
By all means, play in private with all your passions. But when it comes time to turn one or more into your career, ask yourself these questions:
- Am I so passionate about this, I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen?
- Does this passion fulfills me and serves others?
- Can I pay my bills with it?
If the answer to all three questions is yes, you’ve hit the jackpot. Turn that passion into your career and enjoy your other interests in your free time.
P.S. It’s ok if you have more than one passion that fits these criteria. Just focus on getting one business off the ground before you start another. Trust me on this one. You can do all the things, just one at a time.
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Over to you, now. How do you embrace your multipassionate nature without looking flaky? Share your experience in the comments below.