Are you flaky if you have more than one passion or want to completely change career… like 4 times in 15 years?
Being multi-passionate in a world that wants you to be a one-trick pony is hard. You feel like there’s something wrong with you for not wanting to stick to one thing for the next 40 years (how boring!) and the constant nagging from friends and family makes you wonder if you should just give up and do things their way…
Here’s a thought: what if everything you’ve been told about being multi-passionate is wrong?
Here are 5 myths about being multi-passionate you need to stop believing right now:
Myth #1: If You Have Multiple Skills And Interests (Or Are Constantly Drawn To New Ones), You’re Flaky
Nope, you’re just human. How boring would it be to have just one or two interests forever?!
Humans aren’t wired that way. We’re ever-evolving, curious creatures who love to discover new things all the time and expand our horizons.
Us multi-passionate ladies just happen to be more curious – and more willing to explore our interests – than other people. That’s our superpower.
The more interests you have, the more connections you can make between disciplines. That’s when you create something completely unique.
Myth #2: If You Switch Career And Go Into A Different Industry, You’ve Wasted Your Time, Money, And Experience
Nothing is ever wasted. Most of the skills and experiences you’ve accumulated in your previous career are transferable and can help you succeed in your new venture.
I quit my freelance writing career 3 years ago, but I’m using the writing skills I’ve developed on that job every day in my coaching practice (hey, I’m using them right now to write this article!).
That career also taught me how to set boundaries when dealing with clients, pitch articles to the media, and put myself out there to reach new clients. All skills that are super helpful to have as a coach.
Your previous career is an asset, not a liability.
Myth #3: Everyone Has “One True Calling”
I do believe we all have a purpose, a reason why we are on this planet. Your calling is the way you pursue your purpose, the work you do in the world to fulfill it.
I’m sure there are people who have only one calling. They know from the cradle they’re meant to be doctors, lawyers, or singers and they pursue it relentlessly for all their lives.
Multi-passionate people are different. We have lots of skills, passions, and interests because we’re supposed to fulfill our purpose in different ways throughout our lives.
My life purpose is to help women fulfil their full potential and be the best version of themselves they can be, both inside and out.
When I was a freelance writer, I pursued my purpose by writing articles that inspired women to build confidence in themselves and go after their dreams. As a skin coach, I helped women heal their acne, so they could stop worrying about what they look like and dedicate their time to pursue their calling. Now as a business coach I help women find their calling and turn it into a multi-passionate business, so they can fulfill their own potential.
Do you see the common thread? Even though I had three completely different careers, the purpose behind them was the same. I was just expressing it in different ways depending on what passion I was pursuing at the time.
Your calling will change as you grow older, so you can use all your new skills and experiences to better fulfill your purpose.
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Myth #4: The Only Way To Finish Your Projects Is To Work On One Of Them At A Time
I know this makes sense but… as a multi-passionate woman, working on one project at a time is SO boring, I give up. How is that helpful in reaching your goals?!
I don’t recommend you work on 20 projects at a time. There just aren’t enough hours in the day for that (trust me, I’ve tried).
But you know best how many projects you can work on at a time to be the most productive. For me, it’s two big projects and a smaller one. Anything more and I get overwhelmed. Anything less and I lose interest.
Does this mean you’ll finish your projects more slowly than someone who only focuses on one thing? Probably yes. But finishing first isn’t the goal. Doing amazing work you love is.
Myth #5: The Best Way To Make Money Is To Pick Something You’re Good At And Become An Expert In It
You can definitely make a lot of money if you’re the top expert in your field. But only 1% of people will reach this status.
Why? It takes a lot of time, practice, and dedication to get to the top. Plus, the competition is tough. There’s always going to be someone giving you a run for your money.
Being multi-passionate gives you an advantage here. You can merge two or more interests together to create a completely unique business or product that has no competition.
You’ll stand out as an expert, be able to charge top prices, and, as the first mover in the industry, you have a competitive advantage when other people will start copying you!
If you have no idea how to merge different interests together and start your multi-passionate business, check out my 1-on-1 coaching programme here. I’ll give you a proven step-by-step system to follow, the best business strategies that are working NOW, and lots of support and encouragement along the way.
Wrapping It Up
The world wasn’t created for the multi-passionate – and these myths are proof of that. Ignore “common sense” and play to your multi-passionate strengths. You’re meant to do more than just one thing – and I can’t wait to see your multiple projects come to life.