The reason I stopped reading books about being multi-passionate is that I trust my own knowledge now.
If you have read some of my blog posts or checked out my site, you’ll know I’m what Barbara Sher calls a “scanner”, Emilie Wapnick calls “multipotentialite” and what Marie Forleo calls “multi-passionate”
I use the term multi-passionate, simply because I’m a passionate type of person. I get very passionate and enthusiastic about things. You might call me the opposite of a wallflower.
But the other terms are just as fitting.
Being multi-passionate means:
This is a type of person, gifted with a very creative and curious mind.
We find it impossible to stick to one thing, one career throughout life.
Losing interests in our latest adventure, or interest seems crazy to people around us but is totally natural to us. Once we get what we need, we’re out of there.
Often we’d like to be able to focus on one thing, but we simply don’t know what.
And if we think we have finally figured it out, it will change one day. And we feel like we’re back to square one.
(Which we are not, of course)
There are many different types of scanners and multi-passionate.
Some dive into one interest at a time, and changes to something else. Others have multiple interests/jobs/hobbies going at the same time.
Emilie Wapnick talks about 4 work models in her book “How to be Everything”:
- The Group Hug approach
This is about having one multifaceted job or business that involves wearing many different hats.
- The Slash approach
This model involves having 2 or more part-time jobs going at the same time or move between on a regular basis.
- The Einstein approach.
Here you have one full-time job or business, but it leaves you time and energy to pursue other passions on the side.
- The Phoenix approach.
You work in a single industry for months or years, then to change career in a new industry.
I stopped reading books about being Multi-Passionate
Reading books about being multi-passionate confuses me more, and stresses me out.
When I found Barbara Sher on YouTube years ago and learned there was a “thing called scanner, it literally changed my life.
I saw myself in her words and description of this type of person. It was a huge relief to learn that there was a whole book devoted to “me”.
Later I learned there were several books written about “me”.
From then on, I dived into what this is and found a lot more information, books, websites, and people.
Some of those books are:
Barbara Sher: “Refuse to Choose”
Margeret Lobenstine: “The Renaissance Souls”
Marci Alboher: “One Person/Multiple Careers”
These are all great books. And I have learned so much from them.
But I have stopped reading books about being multi-passionate because there comes a time when you have to trust yourself. You have to listen to yourself.
Reading another book, and yet another book, is exactly what we do. It’s the illusion that I find “my answers” in a book.
This is not going to happen, of course. There are no two people the same, no multi-skilled people the same.
And so I’ve stopped reading these books.
You won’t find the answer to YOU in a book.
The hardest thing in the world is often to trust ourselves. To believe that we are good enough, right now, with everything we are.
And not doing one more course, read one more book.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE books and I always have about 5 going at one time. I LOVE learning and getting inspired by books.
But just not books about being multi-passionate.
You may also have stories of people who have longed for the approval of a parent, or a specific person, only to realize upon getting it, that they didn’t need it. The approval they needed was their own.
So the running, the procrastination, the hiding has to stop.
You have what you need already.
Trust yourself, trust your process.
Spend as much time on yourself, as I bet you do on other people.
It’s simple, really, but not easy at all to do.
Here are a few “how-to” suggestions:
Try to identify what you’re seeking. What questions are you looking to get answered?
Ask yourself this question: “How would it feel to really trust yourself?”
This is a personal favorite of mine. I can almost feel my shoulders drop when I close my eyes and visualize how it would feel to trust myself completely.
What would you do, if you trusted yourself and your journey to be exactly right?