How to Find What Connects All Your Passions

Being a multipotentialite can make you feel paralyzed at times. The ability to do many different things, the passion for a variety of subjects and the fear of missing out can all act as detractors to your genius. Integrating your different passions and interests into a meaningful career path can seem like an impossible task.

If you’re like any other multi-passionate creative, the following scenario should be familiar. You start a project and get really excited about it. Then you think of a few other things and start to feel overwhelmed because you don’t know how to distribute your time or what’s even worth allocating time to. Analysis paralysis sets in and you start to wish you weren’t so different.

Being a multipotentialite is nothing to feel guilty about. On one hand you will always have options, but on the other, you might feel like you’re not effectively using your potential because you’re interested in almost everything. But believe it or not, there’s an overarching theme in all your passions. Finding that point of intersection can help bring everything together and give you a better sense of direction.
Here are three questions to ask yourself in order to figure out where all your passions connect:

How do I want to impact the world?

You can think about this in different ways. What causes do you care about? Alleviating poverty? Increasing literacy? Protecting the environment? At the end of your life, how would you want to be remembered? How can you use your skills to get to that point?
There are two types of multipotentialites: the ones who can do different things within a particular field and the ones who juggle projects in unrelated domains.
Suppose you’re a psychotherapist who helps young adults face the hurdles of growing up. On top of your full-time job, you have a podcast, blog and YouTube channel, and also host workshops where you share what you know in a digestible way. If we take a closer look at all your gigs, the overarching theme is helping people. How are you doing that? Mostly through education. This tells us how you want to be remembered. As someone who positively impacted people’s lives. Keeping the end in mind helps make sense of the process.
Now, imagine you’re an architect, guitar player and standup comedian. Harder to figure out what connects these interests right? The overarching theme could be that you’re most passionate about delighting people. Whether you give aesthetic pleasure through your architectural designs, stimulate the brain through your compositions and making people laugh with your jokes.
As long as your activities are connected to your overarching goal, they don’t have to make sense to people. The important thing is to do some soul searching and really figure out what matters to you. Don’t worry about people not understanding your dreams or naysayers discrediting your process. You owe it to yourself to pursue everything that gets you fired up.

What can I not live without doing?

For me, the answer is reading and writing. When I read, I’m inspired to keep producing. Even when I was taking science classes in college, I always made sure to add a creative writing class to stimulate that other side of me.
Being aware of what you can’t do without is important in prioritizing. It also allows you to incorporate that into everything you do. Whether I’m taking pictures or producing videos, I know I’m still telling stories. It might be my overarching theme, but it’s what brings everything together for me.
Think about activities that always somehow find their way into your day to day. They may be things you do on your free time and that you also do to some extent at work or for your side hustles. They will tell you more about who you are than anything else.

Will this bring me closer to my long-term vision in a few years?

You only have so many hours in the day, so it’s important to get the most out of all them. Over time, I’ve learned to be selective with the responsibilities I take on. I’d say passion is the most deciding factor, but there’s also the question of what’s in it for me. If a job will not contribute to my life in any other way than monetary, I’ll usually go for something more meaningful. Similarly, I get a lot of ideas but I can’t physically pursue all of them because I’ll only be interested in some for a very short time.
If your big goal is to become the editor-in-chief of a digital magazine, the following are all things that can take you closer to it over time:
a. Starting a blog (because you’ll get the hands-on experience of creating content, managing a team of writers etc.)
b. Work at a magazine (because you’ll see the ins and outs of what that’s really like)
c. Freelance write for digital publications (for the network and skill set)
d. Take a coding class (because some technical knowledge can never hurt)
I could go on, but the point is to become more intentional about the things you allocate your time to. Ask yourself how important it is and if it’ll continue to matter then go full throttle in the direction of your goals.
Being multi-passionate isn’t always easy to manage. You’re constantly reinventing yourself or learning more about what’s really important to you. But some regular soul searching should make the journey easier.

What’s the overarching theme behind all your passions? Let me know in the comments!

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The Secret to Career Success No One Tells You About

What’s the secret to career success?

I was recently asked what I wanted out of life. To answer the question, I wrote down a list of career goals. Here are just a few:

  1. Give a TED talk
  2. Write for Forbes
  3. Teach a class at General Assembly
  4. Coach millennials
  5. Launch a clothing line
  6. Found an education non-profit
  7. Lead guided tours in New York
  8. Operate a food truck
  9. Create online courses
  10. Publish an eBook
  11. Own a coffee shop
  12. Be an angel investor

As you can see, not all these items are related (if only you saw the full list). It spans a variety of industries (education, business, retail, tourism etc.) Some may say I lack focus, but having options is empowering. I don’t know if many of these pursuits will pan out, but I would regret not giving them a try. It is how one can ultimately reach career success, through experimentation. It’s not just thepath to career success, but also self-awareness and personal fulfillment.

Most things in life work a lot like trial and error. Your career is one of them. It’s only when you allow yourself to explore your interests that you’ll acquire a better sense of who you are and what you’d like to do for the rest of your life.

Success isn’t linear, especially for multi-passionate people. We have to let go of this idea that we can achieve our career goals by following a straight path (i.e. get a degree, find a job and become so rich you can do whatever you want and live happily ever after). Though this old model may work for a lot of people, it doesn’t guarantee career success or long-term happiness. You can work at Goldman Sachs after getting a master’s in investment banking and still not be successful or happy. If success is measured in numbers, then sure, but is personal fulfillment (an integral part of success) only a matter of living comfortably?

The truth is, most people rarely end up working in the field they studied in college. This is because somewhere along the way, life happens. They cultivate other interests, develop new skills or find quicker ways to make money. As someone with different abilities (otherwise known as a multi-potentialite), the path to success has never been more unclear. You’re not always sure which way to go or where to begin. To that I say, just start! Somewhere, anywhere.

You love making birthday cards and doing stand-up comedy? Start making them for your family and friends, gage their reaction and consider setting up an Etsy shop. At the same time, sign up for open mic nights and test how good you are at making people laugh. You have nothing to lose by giving both a try. Babysit on weekends or pick up two side jobs if you need to pay bills. If you see early signs of success from your creative pursuits and you’re still passionate about making cards and doing improv comedy, keep doing them! Otherwise, don’t be discouraged if they don’t work out or you’re not as into them anymore. You’ll find other ways.

When it comes to their career, most people forget they always have a choice. Risk it all while you still can. Experimenting will take you where you’re meant to be. It’s the only way to discover what you’re good at and your real passions. And when it’s all done, you’ll have reached fulfillment and learned from diverse experiences.

A major characteristic of the millennial generation is that we’re not afraid to embrace our singularity. We don’t feel the need to fit in as much and are confident in charting our own course. There exist so many more opportunities now to creatively design your career, you should not have to settle and sacrifice your dreams. You can still pay your bills and feed your passions. It takes real determination and a little preparation.

As Erica Jong puts it,

Think of your career as a trip to an unknown destination. Invest in the process and enjoy every moment of it! You might wake up in Mykonos!

Do you have the courage to do what you love?  

Related: Here’s How You Can Turn Your Passion Into a Dream Career

PS: I’m curious to know what your career goals are. Feel free to share them in the comments!

Turning Your Passion into a Career is Simpler than You Think. Here’s how.

It may be a lack of self-confidence, but most people don’t think they can make a living by doing what they love. They tend to separate their day job from their passion projects when the two can be one and the same. Doing that is no easy task, but then again, what is?

In order to turn your passion into a career, you first have to visualize what pursuing it looks like. If your passion lies in reading, break it down and tease out the part you’re really interested in. Is it reviewing books (think editor or publisher), writing them (think author) or recommending them (think librarian) that sets your soul on fire? Once you figure out exactly what you like, you can then plan to make it your reality.

Here are four ways in which you can turn your passions into a career:


a. Work for someone

Get this, you don’t have to be your own boss to pursue your passions. It’s common to think that only entrepreneurs get to really do what they love. You can be fulfilled working at a company and also living your dreams. Growing with a company can be a valuable experience as you get hands-on knowledge and training to perfect your craft and reaffirm that an industry is still right for you.

If you love writing and dream of becoming the editor-in-chief of a magazine someday, you can start as an editorial intern. Slowly but surely, you’ll work your way to the role of an associate, manager then director. The essential thing is that at every stage, you’re doing what you’re passionate about and still learning. 

b. Freelance

If you don’t like the corporate environment, freelancing might be a better alternative. You’re in control of your schedule, but you’re also in charge of how much you make. Freelancing isn’t very hard to get into, but it comes with incredible pressure to maintain a certain level of income. 

If your dream is to become a wedding videographer, doing it on your free time for your family or friends would be a great  start. That can lead to more clients through word-of-mouth marketing and eventually generate enough money to make a full-time living. The challenge then is to maintain a solid clientele. With enough practice, strategic networking and perseverance, you might not have to pitch clients anymore because they’ll come to you instead.

Check out: My Secrets To Becoming A Successful Freelancer (And How You Can Get Out Of Your Desk Job In 30 Days)

c. Start a business

There is no better way to master a skill or live out a passion than to start a business and build a product you truly care about. If you’re an animal lover, perhaps you can build an organization that rescues lost dogs and finds them a home in a new family. The best way to come up with business ideas is to be observant. Stay on top of the news and anticipate trends. If you notice a flaw in an industry you’re interested in, think about how you can align your passion with creating a solution.

Check out: I Juggled a Full-Time Job While Launching My Startup

d. Create a side hustle 

For those of us who want to do more with our career than just climb the corporate ladder, having a side hustle can bring us satisfaction. If you have both a side hustle and a day job, your time management skills will be put to the test. Ultimately, it’s a rewarding experience that allows you to explore your potential, work on something you’re passionate about and maybe eventually, diversify your income.

Check out: 5 Keys to Growing a Successful Side Project Without Quitting Your Day Job

e. Take classes

When I was in college, I felt like I had several careers. I was studying to become a neuroscientist while working in communications and socializing with people in the fashion or beauty industry. It was probably the most challenging task to keep up with all these different activities, but I felt fulfilled because I was catering to all my interests. I was on track academically and I used my free time to explore other options. Although I stopped pursuing neuroscience after graduation, it’s still a career option for me.

A more traditional way of turning a passion into a career is to go to school for it. You’ll earn a degree or certificate, which will give you credibility should you choose to pursue it further. 

The most important thing to remember is to not limit yourself. If you have different interests, make time for them until you figure what you enjoy doing. The time of having a traditional 9 to 5 job is almost gone so don’t try to fit in a box. You can experiment with different options and carve your own path. Identify your passions, assess your skills, leverage your experience and spend your time wisely.

Are you currently working on a passion project? I would love to hear about it in the comments.