Something I hear a lot from people who are trying to find their life purpose is, “I have so many interests! How do I narrow it down to that special ‘thing’ that is my purpose?”
It is very common for creative people to have multiple passions. It is also common for them to be overwhelmed or frustrated by trying to do it all.
Having all those interests can often times be very overwhelming trying to find common ground. How do you focus and actually make a living out of your passions if you can’t find a way to bridge them?
You end up splitting your attention and focus, spreading the jam of your bliss sandwich a little thin.
Combining your passions is totally possible but it takes a little honesty, finesse, creativity and approaching it like a grown up.
So lets say your passions are hiking, old films, making wallets and being vegan. That is quite a collection of puzzle pieces.
Is it possible to combine all your interests into one awesome day job?
The answer is yes, and no.
Yes, you can have elements of all your interests in your dream job, but there most likely will come a point when you have to skillfully edit.
Using the example skill set above, let’s say you decide that your to favorite things are hiking and vegan cuisine. You could have a business in which you do guided day trips where a vegan lunch is served and the whole thing is marketed with a brand of old Hollywood film noir or something like that. So the wallet thing may be out.
The caveat is that the mash-up that you come up with has to actually have a viable market. Business requires a potential revenue stream after all.
The trick is figuring out what passions can work into a viable part of your business, and which ones are going to be in the “friend zone.”
Tips for putting together the pieces of your multi-passion puzzle.
♥ Make a list of your passions. (Yes on paper…you have to identify them and write them down.)
♥ From that list pick the two that you feel strongest about.
♥ Play around with those two pieces to see if you can come up with an idea that creates a product with a niche market.
(Another example, my brother loves two things. Fishing and painting. His business is painting portraits of people’s prized trophy fish.)
♥ If you can identify possible revenue streams from your ideas, then try to work in a third and fourth passion that fleshes it out.
♥ If some of your passions just don’t fit, ask yourself if they need to be in your life in a way that makes you money? Or can they just be in your life for your enjoyment.
Not all your passions must earn you a living. Some will be in your life simply for pleasure. And that is ok. It is helpful to identify which ones belong in your business model.
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