Do you recognize yourself in these descriptions?
… Afraid that you’ll either have to settle into a career and stick with it for life (boring!) or pursue your many, unrelated passions that will leave you penniless and unable to support your family.
… Well beyond your college years but still clueless about what you want to do when you grow up. You feel like something is wrong with you.
…Often described as a Jack-of-all-trades, master of none. You are quickly excited about many, completely unrelated topics and able to acquire new skills… rapidly.
…Someone with a zest for life and a love for new experiences.
… Very successful in your field, but bored to death and looking to change directions – again. To the horror and disbelief of those around you.
If this sounds familiar to you, chances are, you are frustrated. Or worse; you are desperate because you can’t seem to “get it together.” It’s even possible that, in your attempt to keep your options open, you make no choices at all. You know you have all this potential but lots of it is going unused.
If this is you; take heart. There is nothing wrong with you! This is very important and I want you to hear it.
So what IS going on?
People like you – and me! – belong to a group of humans genetically wired to be interested in many completely unrelated topics. Barbara Sher calls us “scanners” and Margaret Lobenstine refers to us as “Renaissance Souls” in their respective books on the topic. I simply call us modern-day “Renaissance Personalities” – multi-talented people trying to fit a million passions into one life time.
Whereas most people obtain satisfaction from digging in deep and becoming specialists, the Renaissance Personality is in her/his element during the steep learning curve a new skill presents. Once that hurdle has been taken, most Renaissance Personalities lose interest and are on to the next challenge or project.
The best news of all is that this a wonderful trait! It makes you a very versatile and interesting person.
And it IS possible to live a life that integrates all of your passions – whether it pertains to careers or hobbies.
In upcoming blog posts, I’ll share more on this topic, including tips and strategies. I’d also love to hear about your experiences as a Renaissance Personality. These could be your personal success stories or about your struggles, not recognizing there’s a name for this personality type you’re part of. I want to hear it all! Please comment below or email me at Ilona@CareerBranches.com.