I hear that you want to explore each of your passions separately, giving them each a name and a dollar sign.
My question to you is simple & honest: How’s that working out for ya?
I want you to be fulfilled & profitable, finding the truth of what you really have to offer while honoring the expansiveness of your gifts.
It’s not about focusing on what you do, but why you do it.
It’s not about limiting yourself, it’s about digging deeper.
And then owning – claiming – what you find down there.
I have always fashioned myself a Renaissance Woman. My interests & talents have been wide & varied. I’ve indulged myself here & there, always feeling guilty about moving on to something new, never knowing where I would turn next.
In my personal & academic life, I have been a musician, a scientist, a pastor, and a theologian. In my business, I’ve declared myself everything from a social media consultant to a copywriter to a web designer.
What I have realized is that my interests are a means, not an end.
My job title is not “Renaissance Woman.” Nor is it any of the titles I have mentioned above. My title is a representation of the result of digging deeper into these means. It’s an outward sign of much inward work.
That work wasn’t making a choice, it was realizing what I wanted my end to be. That “end” is the purpose behind my work. It’s the world-shaking change I need to make.
My purpose, the change I want to make in the world, is too big to be tucked neatly into my interests.
Interests grow & change. We chase new things like toddlers chase shiny objects. Your “end” might expand or evolve but you have a better idea of what you want than you give yourself credit for.
What expression of your gifts will best serve this great vision?
Which people need your work to help you realize this vision?
If you don’t know yet, that’s okay. Keeping looking. Keeping digging. Keep experimenting.
I’m working on a program to help with this – Really & truly! – for early fall. Think intimate, high-touch, high-concept group coaching. Think business as novel. Think the power of other brains plugged in to your brain (and biz). Want to learn more? Sign up here for backstage access.