From the desk of Grace Lange,
Have you ever heard of being multi-passionate before?
Has someone told you it was a bad thing?
Being multi passionate means you find meaning in or are passionate about several things.
Some people view this as a negative thing, because you aren’t able to focus on one thing to pursue, whether that’s in your career or in your hobbies or wherever.
The Positive Side
I grew up in a small town, and everyone played at least 2 sports and sometimes even three. There was an opportunity for everyone to get involved with anything they really wanted to, even if they weren’t the best.
Growing up we were taught that the more you are involved in the better…
That could be sports, clubs, associations, volunteer activities, or whatever.
I played 3 sports and was involved in almost every club I could be..
And to be honest, I wasn’t the best at any of them, but I enjoyed learning and being a part of so many different things.
You could say it made me well rounded.
Nowadays, kids are taught that if they want to be good at a sport or excel at a certain subject, they need to put their entire focus on that. All of their time and dedication needs to go to one thing.
Being a three sport athlete is hard to come by now, because of the time and focus required by each sport.
I am here to tell you that focusing on one thing can actually have the opposite effect on you.
Studies show that some of the most successful people didn’t just focus on that one thing they found success in..
- Russel Wilson – The current Denver Broncos quarterback didn’t always just play football. Russel played football and baseball at North Carolina University while he studied and received a degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
- Stephen Curry – The point guard for the Golden State Warriors wasn’t always just a basketball guy… Curry grew up across the street from a golf course and is trying his hand on the professional tour, playing in the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic in August 2017.
- Jackie Robinson – Robinson was an exceptional athlete. While attending UCLA, the future Brooklyn Dodgers star earned varsity letters in baseball, football, track, and basketball—the first time in UCLA history an athlete accomplished the feat.
Now my point with all of this is that we are taught that to be really great at something…
By something I mean your job, being a parent, a good friend, maybe even just working out…
You have to put all of your focus on that one thing, and that one thing needs to be your passion.
By understanding that some of the world’s greatest athletes didn’t just focus on doing one thing, we can see the power in being multi-passionate.
It might seem like you are interested in too many things or you don’t know what to do with your life because you like everything, and that is okay. It’s actually GREAT!
To be good at your job you have to be invested in it, but you also need to have other passions that take you away from your work so you can be even more invested each day when you come back…
To be a good parent, you need to have passions that help you grow as a person or push you to be better so you can show your children all of the possibilities in life…
To be a good friend, you need to surround yourself with people who try new things and are interested in different passion areas too. Imagine the amazing friendships you could have if you took the leap and pursued a passion you’ve been putting on the back burner!!
Whatever you are interested in, don’t hold back because you think you have too many passions.
Remember the greatest of all time didn’t just have one passion or purpose.
It can be hard to discover what you are really passionate about, but don’t worry, we are here to help with that!
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