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Ethan! This is awesome, thank you. It was such a pleasure having you visit.
I too adore the idea of co-working. It makes an enormous difference. It's why I choose to work at cafes that have a lot of other entrepreneurs working away on their laptops (there's a fantastic one right near my home in Portland).
Also, I love that idea of the writing group, Shanna! Lauren (of the Puttytribe) also suggested doing a 24 hour all-nighter event, you know like the way you would back in college. We would all be working on a project and would check in at regular intervals in the Puttytribe chat. Sounds exhausting, but I bet we'd be massively productive. :)
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@JonathanMead @ethanwaldman Funny enough, I think about this quote sometimes too. And I'm all ABOUT doing multiple things. Heh. But the two approaches really aren't in conflict. I focus on one type of activity in the morning (my "creating time"), get it done and then move on to other types of work. And if I'm unproductive in the afternoon, then I just think back to the work I got done that morning, and tell myself to chill out.
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@lbergstrome Hahaha yes!
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@roguepolymath He is most definitely not alone. :) Thanks!
@EclecticBug Ah I love that-- [Tiny details ~ big solutions] ! What's your URL? I'd love to check it out.
This is awesome, Ethan. I love the idea. Another thing that works is using an image like this as your desktop image.
(I also love how this post is very multipotentialite in nature, in that it takes place at the intersection between technology and personal goal-setting.)
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@DouglasEby That's the idea. But we couldn't do it if multipotentialites/scanners like you didn't help. :)
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@ladyterroreducation Thanks! Your interests are fantastic too. Sounds like a fun life to me!
@Marya | Writing Happiness Indeed. Straight lines are boring, who needs 'em! :)
@spiritsentient Hey Jason, I just replied to your comment on your article. We totally need to connect! :)
@saraboargs Yeah, I'd love that Sara! Lets twitter it up.
Also, awesome pants!
@DanRiha Hahaha-- lets go with wilderness guide. ;)
@MichiLantz Aw you're awesome, Michi. Thank you. Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions after going through the book. :)
@CMGalvin I bet you picked up some really interesting knowledge throughout those 15 degree changes! I too studied a bunch of different things in school (music, art, film, law...) it's fun, exploring your passions, as long as you embrace your "scanning" instead of making it a source of stress or some sign of failing. Sounds like you're starting to get to that point though, which is awesome!
@MichiLantz Hi Michi, first, thank you for the kind words.
Usually when I work with a student, we go through a number exercises to come up with patterns and find their overarching theme. It's tough figuring out where your dots connect without running through the worksheets or hearing more about your interests in detail. However, from what you've said, it sounds like spirituality/soul is a big overarching theme for you: bringing soul to art, leadership and life. That seems to be what you're all about.
@a_creative_life I completely agree. I've always "scanned" by nature, but it wasn't till I became aware of what I was doing and dropped the fear of not being "one thing", that life seemed to really take off.
I'm actually incredibly grateful for Puttylike, because I feel that it has given me permission to be the biggest multipotentialite in the world. After all, my career depends on it-- gotta walk the walk, ya know? :)
@sherahart Writing is certainly a fantastic career for some multipotentialites. There's a lot of space in there for exploring different topics and different styles.
@gabyers Oh I'm so glad. Thank you!
@tishpiper That's great Tish. There's certainly a way to bridge business and your holistic spirit. It actually sounds like a very appealing twist on business-- something that could make you really stand out.
@SuiteJ That's darling. And your daughter is so lucky to have such an awesome dad. :)
There's really nothing better than parents who encourage their children to embrace all their interests. I dedicated my book to my parents for that reason. :)
@KJC Thank you! And I agree, that attitude is everywhere in society and it's incredibly destructive. I've got some resources to help you pin down your overarching theme over at Puttylike. It's a big part of my book, Renaissance Business. But if you browse around the site, you'll also find a bunch of blog posts and case studies that should help. :)
@pntszdinFluence Aw, I'm so glad I could help be a catalyst of sorts... And here's a resource for ya: http://puttylike.com/terminology/
@MistyDenson PDX is fantastic! I just moved here a few months ago. Hit me up on Twitter and we'll grab a tea.
@JonathanMead@Erica Holthausen@ahabraham@emiliewapnick Thank you, Erica! I'm so glad we've managed to connect. And thanks Jonathan... haha and Abe, my little brother. (I miss you.)
@MistyDenson Beautiful. And I bet waking up with such simple goals makes each day amazing.
@DanRiha You're awesome, Dan. You absolutely can use your multipotentiality in your work and there are many different ways to do it. I'm so sick of that standard guidance counselor-spouted rhetoric about finding your calling. Just look around-- people who do many things are everywhere! (RIP Steve Jobs.)
@Stephanie @ Fairground Media Really interesting analogy! Real life, be it our career paths or romantic life, is so much more complicated and messy than that idealized image we've been taught to believe in. And that's a good thing. It makes life far more interesting.
@DaisyHdez Ah messages like yours break my heart in a way. It's mostly because I get them so frequently, it's amazing. You are definitely NOT alone. And the "flat line" in aptitude tests? Haha yeah, I think many of us can relate... You're a multipotentialite. Congratulations and welcome! :)
@svehex I'm not a fan of the work/life distinction either. I think we should all just do what we love (ALL the things we love) and do them in a way that contributes to the world in a positive way.
And yes, creating is the best feeling in the world. I must agree with you there.
@InkyBites Yeah, I think you'll find that an overarching theme will make all the difference. You might also want to check out some of the case studies I published over at Puttylike. This one for example: http://puttylike.com/case-study-brian-gerald/
Good luck with the brainstorming! And you're welcome. :)
@JonathanMead@Joodie Wow-- thank you Joodie! This makes me overwhelmingly happy. Lets connect up on Twitter and keep in touch.
And Jonathan, your faith in me means so much. Thank you for giving me a platform to share my message!
@BonitaRoseK Thank you! Renaissance Soul is a great book, as is Refuse to Choose. Have you read that one?
@Craig McBreen Yup, exactly! There's something really liberating about accepting that you may not have "one true passion." It kind of takes the pressure off. And yes, multipotentiality and blogging mix beautifully together. Have fun with your blog. Hit me up at Puttylike sometime. I'd love to take a look. :)
That's fantastic, Leisa! It really does sound like you found a "theme" of sorts-- that driving force behind everything you do. And it's just like you described. Your motivation to empower women isn't one "skill," it's much broader than that. It has a TON of different components to it and allows you to use all kinds of different skills. Amazing.
Great article. I just wanted to add that I don't believe following many passions to be the answer for everyone. Puttylike is really only meant for multipotentialites-- people who have struggled with this particular issue their entire lives, people who have been made to feel that they must limit their exploration and pigeonhole themselves to be accepted.
Embracing and building a life around multiple passions absolutely isn't the answer for everyone. I actually have a major issue with people who make the absolute statements. I believe you should do what works for you, always.
Plus once you reject the notion that you must be "one thing" and embrace your multipotentiality, what does that look like? It's radically different for each person. That's the kind of freedom I want to help inspire. I want scanners to stop fighting their true nature and start thinking for themselves about what they want their lives to look like.
As writers, we can only share our own experiences and the lessons we've learned. And if those words resonate with others and help, that's great. But along with providing our own suggestions, we must empower our communities to make their own choices and not merely be reliant on us.
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This is my favourite post of yours that I've read. I think you're incredibly brave to have made all of those hard choices- giving up short term benefits and "what's practical" in favour of your long term vision and the path that's in your heart.
Keep writing more posts like this, Ethan. They're incredibly compelling and I think the transparency will help build trust and engagement with your community, which will in turn benefit your business.
I'm glad we're friends. :)
p.s. I picked up a new shoulder rest today for my new (used) violin. So. incredibly. excited.
@Ken Wert Absolutely. And it's that much easier to put in the 90% when you have passion to back it up.
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@HolliMargell I remember when you started your first blog. And I've also noticed how your confidence has grown. It's amazing how something feels terrifying at first and then you do it and adjust, and it's not so bad... And of course, that next step feels scary too, but this time you're a little more prepared to take the leap. Every accomplishment builds on the last and you start gaining momentum. But yes, you're absolutely right. Just starting (even if it's starting small) is so important!
I'm really looking forward to the launch of your new site. I think you have so much wisdom to share and I also think that your perspective and voice will really resonate with people. I know you're going to build something wonderful. :)
Wow, that's amazing! Good for you. You touched on another really important point which is that you don't need to apply to be "chosen". You don't need the big industry's approval. You just "choose yourself" and then build something. It's amazing how many people are waiting for permission to follow their passions. The key is to just start and then the opportunities come.
Thanks for the comment!
I actually do believe that artists can make a living off their art by using web 2.0 tools (I wrote a post on this: http://puttylike.com/starving-artist-meet-web-2-0/ ) I'm actually working on a side project to teach artists how "not to starve". Sort of taking off from where that post left off.. But yeah, side note.
Thanks for the comments. :)
@patientpotter I never thought if it that way, but you're right. People are always looking to be inspired. If you can inspire people, you'll be alright financially.
@Brian Yup! It makes such logical sense. It's about numbers- putting in your time.
Thanks for the comment, Brian.
@Sal_Greco Wow - Thank you, Sal!
I love your story too. Are you familiar with Srini Rao's blog The Skool of Life? His whole life and career revolves around his love for surfing. I think it's beautiful how he mixes his identity as a surfer with his other interests (business, personal development, travel, etc.) on his site too.
And you're absolutely right. Doing something you DON'T love is a waste. You're bound to struggle to keep up against those who are truly passionate. It's also so sad to see someone just pursuing something because they think it's what they're "supposed" to do. Our time on earth is short. Spend it doing the things that light you up.
Oh and the word on the bus- multipotentialite? Yeah that was me who said that. You probably figured that out when you went to my site... :)
Thanks for the wonderful comment and the props on the headline! Really means a lot. Keep doing what you love, Sal. Just hearing you describe it is inspiring!
@ethanwaldman Definitely! I've found the same thing. It's pretty amazing when you take on a project because you're curious in learning about something new-ish and then once the project is complete, you have this whole new skill set. That's pretty much how I taught myself webdesign- building on previous skills and taking on projects that pushed me a little further down the rabbit hole.
Thanks Ethan! It's nice connecting with you. I really dig what you're up to.
Yeah, a lot of people believe that you shouldn't turn what you love into your career. I'm in the other camp (for the reasons I explored above).
I guess I have a hard time making the who/what distinction in my mind. I actually believe that you ARE what you love doing. If you love writing, then you're going to write. That makes you a writer. And if you're a multipotentialite, there will be many things that you love, do, and consequently, are.
And I don't think there's something inherent in the Oprah and Obamas of this world. I don't think they were "born" natural leaders. They were probably exposed to something which pushed them in that direction, but it was their intense passion that drove them to work HARD and hone their talents. Passion lead to work which lead to success.
I do agree that we need to disassociate from our "passion" and view our projects as businesses. Absolutely. It's the same with art. You may have a passion for painting, but you are NOT your work. Passion must fuel our work, but not define it. Still, at the end of the day, I believe that you'll always work harder at something that comes from a place of love and excitement.
Thanks for your thoughts.
Tee hee.. I only just spotted this Owen! Wow, I'm officially blushing over here... You're a sweetheart! Thank you. :)
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