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It’s Time to Start Celebrating Multi-Passionate Creatives

You know that friend who just can’t seem to stick to one thing? The one oozing creativity out of her pores? The one starting project after project, but never quite settling down? She’s a multi-passionate creative, and so am I.

Generally, we have a hard time choosing one line of work or passion to pursue, because we feel drawn to many creative outlets and have the desire to express them all. Unfortunately, being multi-passionate is not something that’s modeled as “success” in today’s society, which makes navigating our professional lives that much more difficult.

The good news is, we’re more ready than ever to embrace diversity in our culture. Take for instance the ongoing discussion about the difference between introverted and extroverted people. Ten years ago, it was a null topic, and now there are T-shirts that say “Introverts Unite.”

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It's Time to Start Celebrating Multi-Passionate Creatives
So why does being multi-passionate still make our society so uncomfortable? Why are we plagued by the phrase, “Jack of all trades, master of none?  There has to be a more inclusive outlook. In fact, the second part of the famous “master of none” couplet is often left out. The entire saying reads:

“Jack of all trades, master of none,

though oftentimes better than master of one.”

Chances are this is the first time you’ve heard the whole phrase, which speaks to the fact that our society only shines a light on one part of what it means to be multi-passionate. Without the full context, the “master of none” saying is an insult. Yet, when we take a step back and look at the big picture, we realize that all people are worthy of celebration. All of it is beautiful and every type of person is worthy of success. Period.

Across the board, business advice urges us to choose one thing and get really good at it before moving on to the next. Likewise, we’re told that “riches are in the niches,” and we ought to find our “thing” and stick to it. I’m not here to argue that those avenues don’t lead to success. It’s not my job to shame one way of thinking in order to glorify another. But guess what? For some of us choosing “one thing” is the same as telling us to do nothing at all.

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Here's to the Multi-Passionate Creatives!
Find one thing you’re good at and stick with it. Sounds easy enough, but for someone with varied interests and skills, choosing one thing means neglecting the rest. Let’s use my personal life experience as an example. I love to sing and compose music, I couldn’t imagine my life without it. I also can’t imagine a life where I’m not able to create visual artwork, from photography to painting, to professional doodling (it’s not a thing but let’s just pretend). Then there’s the crafter in me, handmade greeting cards are where my skill really shines, and I love a good DIY project. I also love having a blog, building a brand, and being an Etsy shop owner. I’m skilled in copywriting, content creation, and email marketing (sign up for my newsletter to see what I mean), and I love to cook. I’m doing all of these things consistently, and I’ve never been happier—but it wasn’t always this way.

Learn how this lifestyle blogger stopped hiding her many passions and started sharing her gifts with the world.Let’s look back just a few years ago: I knew I wanted to share my gifts with the world. The problem was, I would start a project and get very excited about it, then once I got to the midpoint where it felt like I had to choose if I was really dedicated to the idea, I would jump ship. The pressure of feeling like I had to pick one thing left me paralyzed. I thought something was wrong with me. I was a wishy-washy failure. I couldn’t stick with anything long enough to find success. That toxic cycle of thoughts made me feel stuck.

The majority of multi-passionate creatives I’ve spoken with experience this same wave of self-deprecating emotion. What’s worse is that our culture glorifies those who can easily choose one path to stick to, while ignoring the rest of us.

It's Time to Start Celebrating Multi-Passionate CreativesWhat shifted in me was that I finally stopped fighting it. I stopped trying to be only a singer, only a crafter, only a writer. I started this blog because I felt that having a platform to share all of my talents would give me an excuse to pursue them equally. The result has been a major growth in my self-confidence, a greater sense of purpose, and the peace of knowing that being multi-passionate is a gift that deserves to be celebrated. I’m not saying that starting a blog is the answer for everyone, but everyone deserves to feel that greater sense of purpose whether they have a solo passion or not.

Multi-passionate creatives can look at a situation and see connections that someone else might miss.

We rarely run low on creative inspiration, and generally aren’t afraid of trying new things. The story of how I finally began to share my many gifts remains rare amongst many of the people I’ve spoken to. Most are still trying to force themselves into a single category. It’s time to change that.

I don’t want to show up at the multi-passionate party to find that only a handful of people are there. I want it to be a full-on rager with singers who also craft, writers who also dance, photographers who are also poets. All of us honoring our gifts and dipping into the punch bowl of creativity freely.

Multi-Passionate Creatives deserve to celebrated.
Being multi-passionate doesn’t mean that you lack focus, or the ability to follow through, or that success will never be yours. It does mean that you’ll have to be very confident in your decision to honor your many callings and be prepared for people to question you. It also means that you’ll need tools to help you overcome the self-doubt, shame, and confusion that comes from being a part of our culture that is left in the wings.

The thing to remember is this:

You can embrace, invest in, and share your multiple passions, no matter how uncomfortable it makes others.

Being multi-passionate is a beautiful thing. It’s time to start celebrating it. I might even design a T-shirt for us.

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Until next time, keep creating.

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11 Comments

  1. Kana Brown

    October 22, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. Seeing the rest of that phrase is mind blowing!

    1. D'Ana Joi

      October 22, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      Funny how it’s always left out, isn’t it? Not anymore! 🙌🏾 Go tell everyone you know and watch their reactions. 😂

  2. Nicole Meeks

    October 22, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    I cannot believe I hadn’t ever heard the rest of that phrase! I’m questioning all the ol school sayings! Like wait Mom… what does that REALLY mean! 🤣
    I looove this multi passionate creative thing…. I knew I wasn’t crazy just couldn’t prove it! Thanks Joi!

    1. D'Ana Joi

      October 22, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      You’re SO not crazy!!! I researched the phrase when writing this post and my mind was blown wide open. What’s more interesting is the fact that it was ever left out in the first place! We all deserve to be successful, no matter what that may look like.

  3. Chantel

    October 22, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    You’re right, I’ve definitely never heard that phrase in its entirety!

    1. D'Ana Joi

      October 22, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      That seems to be the big take away from this post!!! 🙌🏾 Game changer.

  4. Anonymous

    October 23, 2018 at 7:03 am

    I’ve dealt with these same struggles some much. Just as you were saying, I have so many passions so many things I can’t fit myself into a box, it feels stifling. But like you had had read so many blogs listened to so many podcast of finding a niche and sticking to it. It made me feel more lost honestly. Thank you for this post. So good to know I’m not alone!

    1. D'Ana Joi

      October 23, 2018 at 7:54 am

      So many of us feel that way. You absolutely are not alone. “Find your niche” is always said with good intentions, but for some of us we need to CREATE our niche instead, or simply except that it’s okay to have more than one “niche.” Im so glad you found this post helpful. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.

      Xo

  5. Vanessa Turner

    October 25, 2018 at 9:24 am

    D’Ana Joi, I follow you on insta but just discovered your blog today and how refreshing it is to find fellow creative who still take out time to truly write and communicate their passion!

    The phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none” was introduced to me early in life. I have always remembered telling my family that I didn’t want one career, I wanted multiple, I wanted continuous change… I had listed over 10 careers that I wanted to experience… but then that phrase came up and for a long time I felt that I needed to pick something.. one thing…and stick with it..

    Fast forward a few decades and to some extent I have held onto and dropped the concept. I agree that we should try to see things through to completion but by all means we can balance quite a few other goals in the process right! And it’s the journey that’s most important.

    So now days I’m balancing my art business and an engineering business…they often compete for attention, and most times the balance is non existent…but I’m working on it…I’ve starting introducing myself using both terms now “engineer and artist” (helps keep me in a certain place mentally) and it sets the conversation in a better direction…

    So cool to hear of others who feel passion toward so many different things! Hey make it a hashtag #MultiPassionate !!

    1. D'Ana Joi

      October 25, 2018 at 9:33 am

      Hey, Venessa! Thank you so much for taking a moment to visit my blog. I resonate so much with your story. When I started my blog it was because I knew I needed to create a SAFE space to share ALL of my gifts instead of making excuses for why it wasn’t okay to be multi-passionate. Balancing it all is another story, lol. That’s a work in progress.

      I love that you have an “and” in your introduction. You’re owning your multi-passionate abilities, and that’s such a beautiful (and inspiring) thing.

      If you haven’t already, I would it if you signed up for my newsletter. I’m working on some valuable content for us multi-passionates that I’ll be sharing there. Here’s the link if you want to sign up:
      http://eepurl.com/dy9XRL

      #multipassionate! Love it. Thanks again for stopping by and for taking the time to leave this lovely comment.

      Xo,
      Joi

  6. Kisha

    October 27, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    You are spot on here and the amount of feedback is proof that you are giving a voice to many who feel the same way. I think that most people are born with their gifts to humanity, but aren’t given the support or encouragement to explore those gifts after we hit 22! As if we are supposed to determine our whole lives in the first 1/4 of it before we even have time to live! I support exploring and reserving the right to change my mind! It makes life so much more fun and interesting, doesn’t it? Keep on doing ALL that you do. I’m here for all of it. With gratitude, Kisha.

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