When I was 6 years old I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I answered, ” a doctor, a lawyer, a fireman, and a teacher”. Who knew that at 30 I still wouldn’t have it figured out? It’s not like I’m out here doing nothing, I have a great job with lots of growth potential. I just don’t have a passion for my 9-5. It’s just what’s keeping me from being homeless.
My true passion is fleeting, it’s impatient, it’s curious, hopeful, imaginative and it ebbs and flows. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am a multi-passionate. I want to do EVERYTHING. I have an idea for a new project almost every day of the week. If I had a dollar for every idea I’ve had I could probably afford to get one of them off the ground.
Seriously though, money is a huge reason why some of my loftier ideas haven’t seen the light of day. When Sallie and Mr. Roper come knocking I have to empty my pockets. I do have smaller ideas that I’m working on that don’t take as much financing that I can use to finance the others and hopefully one day retire. But with the money out of the way, there are other things that I’ve had to grapple with on my path to do it all.
Here are some things that I had to figure out in order to be a functioning multi-passionate:
Now a days, there is this immense pressure to have a passion, make it grow and to be successful. I put this pressure on myself, and I also feel the same pressure from some of my friends. You know the ones you call with every idea you have and then overtime they get weary of your words and lack of execution. Their enthusiasm and support starts to wane and you start to feel smaller and smaller. I am not entirely sure if this is good advice or not, but I’ve stopped sharing my ideas with those who don’t get my process. Therefore there is no judgement. I can be free to let go of something my hearts not in anymore and focus on what I need
Focus Or Lack Thereof
If I didn’t know any better I would think I have ADD. I still grapple with this on a a daily basis. I’m innocently working on one project only to get blindsided by the glitz and glam of another. I’ve tried focusing on one project at a time. The logic being that placing all my energy into one thing until it flourishes is the only route to the sandy beaches of early retirement. That’s not the way my mind is set up. The best thing for me was to break my projects into attainable tasks with deadlines. From there I can roll with my new ideas all while being able to hold myself accountable to deadlines.
Sometimes I start and finish. Sometimes I start and never finish. Sometimes I just want to start at the end. It took me a long time to be able to do that. I couldn’t discern between not giving up and holding on to prove that I could get to the end. Eventually, when I stepped back I noticed that I dragged by feet on the latter. Now I make it a point to check in with myself so that I can stop wasting my time.
Honestly, I’m still a work in progress but I’ve come a long way in accepting myself as a multi-passionate individual and striving to thrive.
What about you? Are you multi-passionate? What is something that you’ve had to overcome on your path?
T-DUB is a fertile-minded, multi-passionate 30 something in a career she doesn’t care for trying to get these hustles off the ground. You can find her looking like she has her s**t but actually being a hot mess on a regular basis. Learn from her mistakes.