Multi-passionate and shiny new objects

The newest trend is moving away from ‘pick a niche’ and ‘focus, focus, focus’ to the multi-passionate!

Is it really a ‘trend’ or ‘new’? I don’t think so. Everything is cyclical and now that trying to get everyone to put their nose to the grindstone, stay focused and pick a niche, has grown wearisome; the trends start to come ’round again to make room for those of us who can’t ‘pick just one.’ Like left brain vs right brain, left-handed vs right-handed, or file vs pile, life is rarely a simple either-or. So now that the trends have tried to push the multi-passionate,  multi-talented into their focus box, others are realizing there’s money to be made from the very same personality ‘dysfunctions!’

But seriously, we’ve always been there – the multi-passionate, multi-talented were once called ‘renaissance men or women.’ It was a compliment, someone you may admire.

Renaissance man definition. An outstandingly versatile, well-rounded person. The expression alludes to such Renaissance figures as Leonardo da Vinci, who performed brilliantly in many different fields.   … from Dictionary.com

Somehow the concept of ‘well-rounded’ in our abilities and talents has been linked to ADD and numerous other labels. A great effort has been made to disparage our interests while, most interestingly, admiring many notable people who have exactly that same trait. Once again, common sense should speak to our hearts and minds. It’s about the end result. Are you comfortable being super-focused or wearing many hats? Do you have purpose and are you fulfilling it? Or are you frustrated and the very traits you have are the conflict.

First, recognizing how you work is important. Understanding your behavior will help you to set a course that leads to the success you desire. Second, accepting that you can correct your course rather than just say, “Well, I am that way… so…”  Third, knowing your goal(s) will aid you in steering the rudder to get you there.

The following excerpts are from Juanita Renee Jones’ book, The Multi-Passionate Entrepreneur’s Playbook. If you struggle with deciding between options, if you struggle with picking anything, if you are only too aware of the shiny object syndrome, you probably relate to these quotes. This book is a great read with some truly actionable instructions.

… To compound the matter, I’m also an admitted multi-passionate person who can’t choose one of anything. … all in the name of intellectual curiosity and a thirst for learning. So choosing one thing doesn’t float my boat. It handcuffs me, and I’m paralyzed with indecision, which triggers feelings of depression.

… But buying a new shiny object for the business (that you don’t need) is like shopping for new underwear instead of just doing the laundry that’s piled up for the last three weeks. It works for now and probably feels good too. But the laundry will still be there waiting for you to do it.

I have never quite fit into anyone’s box. I’ve always worked backwards to determine how to get started. I’m definitely a bit of a contrarian. If there’s a rule, I like to get around it. I also love to do dozens of things which often puts me at odds with my own goals.

But it seems there is hope. Just as left handed people do things a bit differently, pile (vs file) people find their way, and many people have more than one passion and one gift to offer the universe, this book celebrates all of them peppered with some very practical actions for moving forward.

It’s not a book of excuses. You know, like “oh, I’m multi-passionate and can’t make choices, that’s just the way I am.” Oh no, the author doesn’t let you get away with that. But she does have a great plan of action if you want to create an online business. Frankly, no matter what you want to do, this book will honor your multi-passions while encouraging you to see a future using them all. Maybe not all at once, but they can all come into play!

So stop saying, “Well, that’s just the way I am. What can I do?” Read this book, and start your plan. Do let me know how it works out. I love success stories.

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