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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How to Cope With a Job You Hate

We’ve all been there. We hate our job, but we need money. How to cope with a job you hate, but that pays the bills? Is that even possible?

My worst job so far has been a marketing internship at an accounting firm. I was getting paid $18/hour to stand by a printer all day and make folders. I knew I was overqualified, but I needed to pay off my credit card and save. That only lasted for a month and I remember feeling so relieved when I walked out of the building.

This experience taught me what it’s like to make sacrifices when you need money. I welcomed every Monday like:

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If you repeatedly find yourself in this situation, you’re not alone. Studies show that nearly 71% of millennials aren’t satisfied with their job and will keep looking until they find the right opportunity. I’ve been one of them.

We all dream of having a job that makes us look forward to Monday. But life happens and sometimes, we have to make choices that solve our short-term problems. Maybe you have to take care of your family or pay your student loans. Whatever the case may be, you sometimes have to do things you don’t enjoy for money – that usually means having jobs you hate.

Many factors contribute to job satisfaction. Beyond your responsibilities and compensation, your colleagues, work environment and growth opportunities are also important. Here’s how to cope with a job you hate, but need to pay your bills:

Find something to look forward to every day

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When I was at the accounting firm, I’d make plans to catch up with friends over lunch or go to networking events. I’d also get excited to watch House of Cards during my lunch break. These were small moments that made a big difference in my overall attitude. One would see me smile thinking it was for work when it was really about that new restaurant I’d go try out with my friend after.

Create your “yay” moment in each day. When you’re excited about something, you feel more energetic and it makes the workday bearable.

Exercise in the morning

Morning stretch

Even if the first thing you do when you wake up is check your social media profiles, stretch your legs or your upper body while you’re at it.A simple 5-10 minute routine can be all you need to take on the day.

You’ve probably heard this one before, but I can’t stress how much impact exercise has on your mental and physical state. It not only boosts your energy, but the evidence suggests exercise also helps cope with stress at work. Sure, you can check your inbox as soon as you wake up, but don’t underestimate what these 20 push-ups can do.

Network aggressively

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Whether you found your dream job or are still looking, you should always be networking. It’s not just a means to an end, but a unique opportunity to stay up-to-date with industry news, build lifetime relationships and continue to grow.

How does networking help you cope with a job you hate? It establishes the connections that will enable you to make your next career move. These are the people you’ll be able to reach out to and comfortably ask for leads or job referrals. Given that as many as 80% of jobs aren’t advertised online, it’s all about networking!

Remember your WHY

how to cope with a job you hate

In an earlier post I wrote, “No time is ever wasted on things you do with intention.” I still stand behind this. Whether your current job is helping you feed your family or save for that vacation in Peru, it serves a purpose.

It’s easy to forget why you’re doing something because of the day-to-day hassles, but keeping an eye on the prize will push you to work harder. It’s also important to remember that everything is temporary. Your life will change dramatically in the next few years (or months even) and you will not be stuck in one place unless you choose to. Think long-term. Stay focused. Defend your WHY.

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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!

Millennial Spotlight: How Cori Large Is Knitting Her Way to the Life She Wants

Meet Cori: Librarian, Craftswoman & Blogger
Polk County, Florida
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1. Tell me about yourself

My name is Cori Large. I have a full-time job as a Librarian as well two side hustles: Tales From A Polk County Girl, my blog and YouTube channel; and a crafting business where I sell my knitting and other handmade items.

2. What inspired you to start your side hustles?

I started my knitting business about six years ago. I decided to knit cotton dishcloths as Christmas presents and a friend encouraged me to sell them. So for the last six years, I’ve been knitting dishcloths and other items nine months out of the year and I spend Oct-Dec participating in craft shows.

The blog originally started out as a free WordPress blog: A Head Without a Thought, where I posted book reviews mainly, but then branched out. In 2015, I decided to pay for a hosted site, and rebranded as Tales from a Polk County Girl. A few weeks later, I started a YouTube channel by the same name. On this blog, I post about planners and other things that interest me (books I’ve read, recipes I’ve made, etc.)

Earlier this year, I became interested in Traveler’s Notebooks, and wasn’t happy with the inserts that were out there, so I started designing my own. These are sold as digital downloads on my ETSY shop.

3. How do you manage your time to juggle all these projects?

I started making monthly goals that include working on my side hustles. I make X amount of craft show products, film 5 videos a month and write 10 blog posts (I like have a backlog in case of a slow month). Some months I do really well, others I’m struggling to meet my goals.

4. What advice do you have for anyone who’s looking to start a side hustle?

Start slow and be consistent before you add more work.

5. What are some resources that have helped or continue to help you along the way?

Alexis, or @MissTrenchcoat on YouTube has been an inspiration. Also, just listening to and believing in myself.

Millennial Spotlight: How Rebecca Van Djik Is Connecting Women Through Travel

It all starts with an idea, timidly germinating in the back of your mind. Or maybe an inclination towards something you’ve been doing for a while. No matter how it reveals itself, your passion should never be ignored. It’s your drive! It’s what you’d make time for and do even if it doesn’t provide any income. But what if it could? Would you be willing to take the risk?

We’ve all at some point wondered how to make our dreams happen. Often we find ourselves stuck in a job that’s unfulfilling because we don’t have the courage to do what we love. There’s nothing easy about creating a lifestyle you’re passionate about. It requires hard work, sacrifice and consistency.

I’ve talked to a lot of people and their biggest struggle is that they are scared. They know what they want but they hesitate to throw themselves into doing what they love. So, what does it take to make your dreams happen? Here comes Millennial Spotlight, a bi-monthly series that features honest conversations with millennials who are taking chances and creating their own path. They are people from all walks of life who will be sharing their journey – including their ups and downs, challenges and resources.

I went to the movers and shakers and asked them how they are turning their dreams into reality. I hope their stories give you some inspiration to get started and motivation to keep at it.

Meet Rebecca: Travel Entrepeneur
Notting Hill, London

Tell me about yourself

I worked at UBS Wealth Management, heading a team of advisors. Outside of my day job, I traveled and documented my adventures on Becky van Dijk and We Are Travel Girls!

2. What inspired you to start your blog?

In 2014, after 8 years I resigned from my job at UBS. I had met a guy whilst on holiday in Croatia, and after visiting him for a week in Los Angeles we both decided to spontaneously quit our jobs (he was a lawyer at Deloitte), pack our bags and go on a six-month adventure through South America! On returning to the UK, I battled with re-joining the corporate life or starting my own company, but I wasn’t quite there yet with my ideas and passions, so I accepted a role back at UBS.

Going back after such a long time off was pretty hard. Whilst I put my energy into work, I was still looking for a creative outlet. In October last year, I started working on and was thinking of how to get myself noticed in what some might call a saturated market. I quickly realized rather than getting myself noticed, I could build a platform to get others noticed! I decided I wanted to create a place to connect female travelers and promote their blogs, and so We Are Travel Girls was born! I spent hours and hours organically growing a following initially on Instagram and now the website curates and publishes travel stories from our community of over 100,000 followers!

3. How do you manage your time to juggle these projects?

Right now, I have put everything else on hold. I have given up the majority of social activities. My weekends are precious and waking up at midday after a night of partying is not an option right now! But on the other hand, life is about balance and I still try to make time for friends and to get away from the computer screen when I can!

4. What advice do you have for anyone who’s looking to start a side hustle or turn their side hustle into a full-time pursuit?

Do something you truly love! If you try and start a business, even if it’s a great idea, that you do not connect with personally or feel passionately about, having the drive and determination to work on it day in, day out whilst trying to hold onto your day job will be very hard. Secondly, take a risk, even if you are not yet making money from your project or business, you will likely get there faster if you can put all your time and energy into it, i.e. quit your day job. Whilst losing the guaranteed paycheck can be scary, a more frightening thought would be to look back and realize you wasted an opportunity to create something for yourself.

5. What are some resources that have helped or continue to help you along the way?

The main resource that has helped was bringing on a co-founder for We Are Travel Girls. My friend Vanessa had been travel blogging for some years and she was excited about the project and asked to come on-board. Having someone to bounce ideas with and who has different views has really helped us evolve.

Ask for advice and feedback from anyone and everyone, even if it’s critical it will help you to improve your product or service.

What’s next?

I recently resigned from my banking job (yes, for the second time!) and am working my notice period through August. My boyfriend and I are then moving out to Asia to allow me time to work on We Are Travel Girls, get back to painting and other hobbies, put my health first and to see how I can grow what has been my side project for the last 9 months into a real business!

What are you doing to make your dreams happen? I’d love to hear your stories! Comment below. If you’d like to be featured, please email me and I’ll be sure to follow up.

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.