Well, I’ve been keeping my ear to the ground and I’ve been picking up some chatter I feel needs clarification – fast!
Basically, I heard some interpretations of the renaissance personality concept that made me worry whether there are more folks walking around with the same thoughts.
Here’s what I’m hearing..
Some think “the whole renaissance personality thing” is a strategy; something you pull out of your tool box to advance your career.
Listen up: it’s not a strategy. You either are or aren’t a renaissance man or woman.
It is a personality trait.
Others think being a renaissance person is about branding and finding your niche.
Quite the opposite! Renaissance personalities, by nature, have many “niches.”
Branding and positioning yourself and focusing your job search are things everyone needs to do, including renaissance folks. It’s just a little tougher for them because of their often eclectic backgrounds.
What’s important to understand is that you being a renaissance personality is as much of a choice as being left-brained or right-brained. Or having an aptitude for math or languages.
Then there are those who think they are a renaissance person because they’ve been job hopping. However, when you do this purely for economical reasons, this does not make you a renaissance person.
The most important distinction between a renaissance personality and a more specialized person is that the renaissance man or woman simply cannot help but be drawn to many different fields and topics.
And…they get their satisfaction from the initial learning curve of a new challenge. This explains why it often seems they don’t finish projects. But to them, it *is* finished.
Often, they wish they could specialize “like the rest of society” because it seems like the grass is greener on the specialist side. (Btw, this is one of the myths I’ll be blowing out of the water in my 3-part teleseminar series. Read on for more info on that at the end of this post!)
Last but not least; I also heard some express their worries about needing to fit this renaissance picture to be able to work with me.
I can work with any “regular” professional in career transition, and have been doing exactly that for the past 8 years. In fact, it’s much easier doing that than it is working with renaissance personalities as their situations are much more complex. Creating unique life and career plans for my renaissance clients requires much more creativity than it does for the “specialist” – the opposite of the renaissance person.
The reason I chose to zero in on renaissance folks is that I am absolutely passionate about showing other multi-talented, eclectic men and women: a- that they’re perfectly normal and: b-how to live the kind of life they thought wasn’t possible for them. (But really is if you want to take the steps to turn it into a reality. This is also something I will be teaching in my 3-part teleseminar series…keep on reading..)
Here’s something interesting I’ve been noticing..
The renaissance men and women among you instantly recognize the description of the renaissance personality and typically respond in one of two ways…
“OMG! I’m so glad there is nothing wrong with me! Now I know why I couldn’t stick with one career. Thank you for putting this out there!”
“Thanks for putting a name to what I am. I’ve been living my own “renaissance life” all along but still wondered why I am different. I never knew there are so many others out there with the same trait. Now I can take this to the next level.”
Btw, it is estimated that 10-20% of the population fits the renaissance personality description.
Whenever I speak with people who contact me with the kinds of questions I mentioned above, it usually becomes clear they are indeed not a renaissance person.
Of course there are exceptions to the rule, but maybe we could simplify things by saying that, in general, if you don’t “get” what this is about, it’s most likely not about you. Which is totally ok! This is not about forming an elite group of people. It’s about creating programs and services and a community for those that needlessly suffer from a trait that can be both a blessing and a curse when not understood and managed appropriately.
But if you’re not a renaissance person; I still love you, and I will gladly work with you too!
If you haven’t read my earlier posts on this topic yet, I recommend you do. They will likely clear up any remaining confusion for you. My free report on the mistakes most renaissance people make is still available on my web site (www.CareerBranches.com). Just sign up and you’ll receive it immediately.
If you do feel that you are indeed a renaissance man or woman and you want to know “what to do next,” I’ve got the answer for you! Head over here to read about my unique 3-part teleseminar series.
Finally: a program created especially for you as a renaissance man or woman! I seriously wish something like this had been around 10 or 20 years ago. It would’ve saved me lots of anguish. The teleseminar series is set up as a mini blueprint to creating your own renaissance life. I’ll lead you step by step. Come join me! Here’s that link again
It’s starting May 31 and you don’t want to miss it if you’re ready to come out of your “Jack-of-all-trades shell” and step up to the “renaissance plate!”