How to Pursue All Your Passions at Once

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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.”

Cultivate hobbies

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!

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42 Comments

  1. I love the quote by Steve Jobs. I try my best to have an implementation date/time set during the week to work on projects without taking calls or checking emails. It helps me with balancing everything.

    • I’ve been swearing by my to-do lists! I can relate to having that kind of structure and it balances things for me too 🙂

  2. Totally. My passion is helping others reach their potential. Side hustles are hard, but totally worth it. I read this book several years ago (and I can’t remember what it was called) but it broke people in to four categories of… things. Like, planners but not doers, serial hobbyists, masters of their field, and jill-of-all-trades. It was a fairly liberating book because it gave you permission to explore your interests in a way that made sense to you. That’s kind of what this post reminds me of.

  3. Busy is good and busy can be productive. You sound very fortunate to have a good job and thrive on the side too. I hope to keep my hobbies going and maybe add a few more in 2017!

    • Thank you! You can do it too! It’s not so much about fortune than it is about hard work 🙂

  4. What great tips. I try to make a list or goals of what I’d like to accomplish. It seems to help!

    • I know the struggle! But the more I learn how to organize my time and do it all, the more fulfilled I feel, so it’s worth it to me!

  5. I am definitely a multi-passionate. I used to tell people that I have to do some many things or I get bored. I like so many things and challenging myself — and you finally gave a name for it! Thanks (: Life is full of so many wonderful things, and I can see you agree with me.

    xoxo
    Isaly Holland
    http://www.memoriesbyisaly.com

  6. We pursue our multi passions mostly through travel. We love diverse culture, history, people, languages, and food. Travelling well forces us to be creative, curious, resilient, open minded, and have a good sense of humor.

  7. This is an informative article. I wish I could pursue all of my passions at once. I am happy with one at a time though.

  8. I think I came out of my mother’s womb the same way. LOL. But I am the queen of side hustles. My friends and family always joke about it. Lol.

  9. I actually started my blog as a hobby and quickly realized in order for it to generate revenue it needed to be a side hustle. I totally agree with these “steps” 59 pursue your passions at once….I think it also takes serious time management skills.

    • Totally! I’m still learning what time management techniques work best for me. I’ve written about them a few times.

  10. I agree with this SO MUCH. I’m in college right now, and I’m having a hard time pinning down a “future job” because there are so many different things I’m interested in, and none of them are traditional 9-5 jobs. I often see a lot of advice that’s like “you’ve got to pick one thing and stick to it in order to become the best you could possibly be in that field” and I find that discouraging sometimes. I loved reading this post, and I love that you’ve been able to build a lifestyle with many different parts. That’s what I want to do, too. Great tips!
    Julia || http://juliainbluhm.blogspot.com

    • I think it’s all about being open to testing different ways and sticking to what works and makes you happy! I’m glad you like my post Julia 🙂

  11. I love all of this and I’m currently doing it! The important thing is being smart with your main responsibility with your passion. I found a new job that let me work from home twice a week and have weekends off. Because of that, I’m able to make my normal salary, but still have time to grow my business, pick up my exercise regime, and make money on the side on the weekends. I still get to hang out with my family because I decided to move in with them and hang out with my friends on Saturday nights. Ever since I created this change it has helped me to explore my passions without having to worry about work or family!

  12. I have dreams of crafting my own 9-5 one day once I finish grad school. It would be wonderful to have a job that let me touch on all of my passions on a regular basis, but I have yet to find a “pre-made” opportunity.

  13. As someone who took more than one job I was qualified for and hated, I am more grateful than ever to run my own business that went from a side hustle to fulltime Gig!

  14. Great tips. There is a way to pursue our various interests and passions! It also helps us figure out what we truly want to do long-term. I’m following my passions as a writer and as a weight loss and healthy living blogger, and might even do some childcare as well. They are the things I’m most talented in and always have a passion for, throughout my life.

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