My name is Shelcy and I am a proud multi-passionate millennial! I probably came out of my mother’s womb with a pencil and notebook – writing down all the things I was born to do. Having multiple passions makes life more complicated, but it can be a strength if you embrace it.
I’ve talked a great deal about the many things I currently have going on. My primary job is in digital marketing with a special focus on social media. On the side, I freelance in writing, photography and video production. I’m also taking courses in coding and investing. Even with all this, I somehow make time for my loved ones every week.
I used to feel hesitant whenever people would ask about what I do in social settings. I’d stutter and ramble on. I’ve come to accept my personal brand as a multipotentialite. I know it sounds crazy, but I feel very fulfilled by my crazy lifestyle. It accurately reflects my multi-dimensional self. I’m always learning and challenging myself to do more.
If, like me, you’re multi-passionate and you’re wondering how to pursue all your passions at once, consider the following:
Pick your 9 to 5 carefully
A lot of people think of pursuing their passions in terms of their primary job. It makes sense because that alone takes so much of their time. If you can only manage a full-time job, yet you are passionate about seemingly unrelated things, make sure your main gig incorporates different responsibilities. In creative industries, it’s not uncommon for people to have hybrid roles where they do a variety of things.
For example, if Jane is passionate about technology, business development, content analytics and marketing, a career in product management might be a good fit for her. Her tasks would constantly vary and she’d get to explore all her interests.
I cannot see myself doing only one thing at my job. That’s why on any given day, you’ll find me blogging, taking pictures, writing copy, creating videos or doing community management. This is because my position falls under the umbrella of “digital marketing”.
Keep in mind that your 9 to 5 doesn’t have to be a regular office job. Whether it’s working for someone or for yourself (as is the case for a freelancer or an entrepreneur), your primary job is what you dedicate the most time to.
As Steve Jobs said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
Start a side hustle
There’s no better way to scratch an itch than to start a passion project. Maybe it’s catering lunch for special occasions or bartending on weekends. Whatever it is, a side hustle can be the creative outlet you may not find at your job.
Let’s go back to our fictional character Jane. If being a product manager doesn’t completely satisfy her because she’s also passionate about event production, she can get involved in communities that regularly throw events and learn the ropes. Then she can eventually start her own event series – and if she wanted to combine all her interests – organize meetups to connect other product managers.
Regardless of your reason to start a side hustle, it’s a great way to explore a passion, learn a new skill and possibly earn some extra income along the way.
As Roy T. Bennett said, “Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.”
The best way I’ve heard someone define a hobby is, “Any activity that makes you lose a sense of time”. What do you do when no one else is watching – collecting coupons, writing poetry, reading? The answer will hint at your hobbies. A hobby is different from a side hustle in that it requires no special time commitment. You do it whenever you want and there’s no pressure to achieve a specific outcome.
Keeping Jane as our example – it turns out she loves gardening too! It’s not a skill she’s expecting to monetize. She just does it on the weekends because she genuinely enjoys it.
Putting it all together, here’s what the life of a multi-passionate like Jane would look like:
From Monday through Friday, she works as a project manager where she gets to indulge the analytical and business-driven side of her brain. Sometimes after work, her creative side takes over and she hosts a variety of events like workshops or meetups to network with different people. When the week ends, she loses herself in gardening because she finds it therapeutic.
See, it’s totally possible to pursue all your passions at once! It takes a lot of work, but the results should be measured in happiness points.
The difference between people who dream of doing what they love and the ones who do is that the latter group takes action. Dreaming is passive. Moving is proactive.
To quote Shanti about doing all the things you love, “At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling.”
Are you multi-passionate? How do you pursue all your passions at once? Let me know in the comments!