I’m a multi-passionate entrepreneur mom and I’m OK with that.
But it took me a while to get there.
And if you are a fellow multi-passionate soul, then you will know exactly what I mean.
Cringing when you get asked “What do you do?” because you don’t have a straight, one-liner answer…
“Well, let me see…I’m an author, a blogger, a teacher a coach, and also a designer, a website builder, and by trade, an engineer.”
Due to societal norms, this is all frowned upon, you are SUPPOSED to pick one path, get in a lane and stay there.
But we are not all wired that way, the thought of doing the same thing for the rest of my life… that’s a hard no from me! And I know I’m not the only one out there that feels the same.
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Should you follow your passion?
So many times I have come across the “follow your passion” message, which is great if you have one passion, then, by all means, follow it but when you have several… life starts to get complicated.
And then you start to think about things…
And then you start to over-think things…
And then you stop taking action, get stuck and end up not doing anything.
And that results in resentment and losing your passion, which is a terribly sad state of affairs. But the opposite is true if you take action, follow your passions and make something happen. Even if it turns out that one of the things that you are hyped about doesn’t work out, that is OK.
Step 1 – If something is calling to you, follow it. Unless you feel the calling to be a serial killer, in that case, do not follow my advice.
The Multi-Passionate Entrepreneur Juggler
As a mom, you are already a master juggler, there are always 101 things on the go. So what are a few more balls to add to the act?
In all seriousness, when I work with multi-passionate moms, the biggest problem is usually knowing which of the balls in the air you should focus on first.
The answer is simple, the one that will bring in the most money so that you can start outsourcing as soon as possible. Learn from my mistakes here! When I started focusing on the money maker first, I could then hire a VA to take over the jobs I didn’t need to be hands-on with which frees up my time to work on another area.
And again, use the same technique when deciding what to do in each aspect of your business. When you start doing this, you gain traction and it gets easier to delegate the parts of your business which don’t fall into your zone of genius. Need some ideas that you can get started with today? Read this post about kaizen productivity.
Step 2 – Crunch your numbers, decide which is the most profitable part of your business and for the next couple of months, focus more on that, get that working like a well-oiled machine because when you do, you will then have more time for the other things.
The Multipotentialite Entrepreneur Needs Systems
Running a single focus business needs systems in place to help you stay on track and scale. These systems are even more important when you have multiple passions, multiple businesses going on.
My biggest piece of advice here is
NAIL ONE PART OF YOUR BUSINESS FIRST – get that working, get the systems in place so that it takes minimal effort on your behalf. Asana is great for this, checklists and processes documented for each aspect of your business. This also makes it so much easier when you come to outsource and is a total productivity ninja move.
It’s not that hard or scary to do, just document each aspect of your business as you do it. Quick videos showing a walk-through and checklists are easy ways to get your systems set up.
Step 3 – Get the systems and process documented. These are the 3 apps I recommend using.
Being Multi-Passionate Is A Superpower
Forget all that nonsense about being indecisive, not able to stick to one thing, being a flake, a Jack of all trades (hello, is that supposed to be an insult? I’ll be taking that as a compliment thanks!)
Being multi-passionate means that you are able to take skills that you learned in one area and apply them to another and THAT RIGHT THERE is a skill that not everyone has!
Each time you add another passion to your super multi-passionate entrepreneur tool belt, you are refining the skills you already have, adapting them to your latests needs and adding more to your tool belt. That is a beautiful thing my friend and don’t let any of those nay-saying Nancy’s tell you any different.
I really wish that they would teach more of this in school, how skills can be adapted and that we don’t need to pick one path, unless of course that is what you are drawn to.
Step 4 – Find your people, fellow multi-passionate creatives that get how your brain works. If you only hang out with the single path folk, you will always be feeling judged when you go off-piste to try something new and eventually that will kill your passion.
You are always welcome to join Moms That Rock, my Facebook community for multi-passionate moms.
Create Your Multi-passionate Umbrella
As a Scanner, Multipotentialite, Renaissance soul, multi-passionate entrepreneur… whatever the label you choose, it will be easier for you and the people you want to connect with if you have an umbrella.
Here at jojoebi I have several things going on but there is a common thread or theme.
My people are multi-passionate creative moms.
My superpowers are:
- Helping people get clear on their goals and breaking those goals down into manageable chunks
- Productivity especially helping moms to get more done around their family
- Montessori and how to use it at home
- Systems and processes, how to set them up
- Branding, design, graphics pretty much anything creative
Although productivity and Montessori are not normally connected, under my jojoebi umbrella they are. My Wonder Mom Success Club is all about getting sh*t done using Montessori to help with the kid’s side of things and kaizen productivity to help with the business side.
Let’s take a bigger example.
Richard Branson has several seemingly unconnected ventures, records, airlines, media, soft drinks… they all come under the umbrella of Virgin. As a serial entrepreneur, Branson is a great example. And he has also had some epic fails over the years too. It doesn’t stop him though, he gets up, dusts himself off, and carries on.
Step 5 – Get yourself an umbrella and make it clear what is under it.
If you fall under the multi-passionate entrepreneur label and you feel stuck, then book in here for a Pick My Brain session. We will spend 2 hours digging into what you love and come up with a plan on how you can do all of the things.
I’d love to know how you feel about being multi-passionate, what do you think are the pros and cons?