Carpenter. Computer Network Engineer. Repo-man. Roofer. Consultant. Analyst. Web Designer. Photographer. Writer. Truck Driver. I.T. Manager. Salesman. Butcher’s Apprentice. Contractor. Entrepreneur. What the what? These are just a FEW of the things I’ve done for work over the years. I think I’m up to around 40-ish different jobs/businesses. (This doesn’t include my other pursuits which range from brewing beer to Jiu Jitsu to woodworking.) Yikes. Is it because I keep getting fired, or failing? Hah, no… but that’s a fair question.
The reality is, I’m simply fascinated by life and learning new things. And, the way I learn them best is diving in headfirst, full-immersion-fashion. Once I reach level of proficiency I’m happy with, I pickup something new. We’ve been trained that there’s something wrong with folks that do this. That they’re flaky, or unable to commit.
I don’t buy it. And I’m not alone.
So, since I'm biased, I really enjoyed this article at FastCompany.com:
“WHY FIGURING OUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO ISN'T NECESSARY FOR SUCCESS.”
“These are people who simply cannot work in only one arena; they have multiple passions they might dive into with extraordinary zeal, often temporarily until their interests focus elsewhere. Or they have numerous finely tuned skills and hobbies, like the coworker who writes, designs, illustrates, takes photos, is a musician on the side, has a boat and motorcycle in the garage, and teaches yoga on the weekends.
The problem is, over time, they have frequently experienced a lot of anxiety, self-doubt, and feelings of purposelessness, as well as unfair biases from their friends, family, coworkers, and bosses. Many quit their jobs and become struggling freelancers because they don’t fit into a corporate structure that typically demands their alignment to work environments dotted by single-position specialists.”
Read the rest here: George Lorenzo / Fast Company
“…embrace your many passions. Follow your curiosity down those rabbit holes. Explore your intersections. Embracing our inner wiring leads to a happier, more authentic life." ~ Emilie Wapnik (see her Ted Talk on this)