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Embracing Your Multiple Streams of PassionSusan L Reid
Are you someone who has many interests?
Do you like to read and write, fix and invent, design projects and start businesses, and many other things all at once? If so, then you are a multiple-streams-of-passion person. “And” is your favorite word. You feel limited by the word “or,” uncomfortable when you need to narrow down choices, and absolutely revolted by the command, “Pick one.”
Multiple-streams-of-passion people love to do it all. They like choice. They like to follow their own direction. They like the flexibility and freedom of going from one thing to the next. The only problem is most multiple-streams-of-passion people don’t make any money this way. They flounder in careers and languish in their professional lives. That’s because they haven’t learned how to work with their passion.
Multiple-streams-of-passion people are labeled, none too kindly, as “jacks-of-all-trades, masters of none.” They are criticized for pursuing so many directions. They are misunderstood when they resist making decisions or choosing a direction. More often then not, they don’t choose anything at all and feel like complete failures.
Their resume is all over the place. They leave jobs frequently, change careers quickly, and have lots of extra training in seemingly unrelated disciplines. On the surface, they seem like dabblers who have little commitment to anything.
That’s because people with multiple streams of passion are generalists, not specialists. Though they are most likely very passionate about what they are doing at the time, being focused on just one thing will not sustain their passion. People with many passionate interests spend a lot of time scanning the horizon, wondering what’s on the other side of the fence, and thinking about their next move.
Of course, it is possible that you are still trying to make up your mind about what you are going to do when you grow up, or are truly depressed and unable to focus on any one thing for long, or have bona fide ADD and are easily distracted. Otherwise, consider that you might be someone with multiple streams of passion—possibly a budding polymath.
Seven Famous Polymaths
A polymath (poh’-lee-math) is someone with encyclopedic, broad, and varied knowledge or learning in several different fields of study. Being a polymath (a.k.a. a Renaissance man or woman, a universal man, a whiz kid, or a geek) is actually a tremendous attribute.
Top Five Things Multiple-Streams-of-Passion People (MSPPs) Can Learn From Polymaths
Although being a great model for multiple-streams-of-passion people to embrace. polymath is somewhat different from being a person with multiple streams of passion--somewhat akin to the difference between a genius and a very smart person--polymathy is a great model for multiple-streams-of-passion people to embrace.
By learning from the polymaths, you can turn your multiple streams of passion into both financial success and personal fulfillment.
If da Vinci could do it, so can you.
Copyright © 2007 by Susan L. Reid
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Susan L Reid, DMA, Small Business Start Up Coach, Consultant & Accidental Pren-her™ is the author of Discovering Your Inner Samurai: The Entrepreneurial Woman's Journey to Business Success. Known for taking the fear out of starting up businesses, Susan provides value, inspiration and direction to entrepreneurial women starting up and launching small businesses.
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