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The Renaissance Soul

The Renaissance Soul

by Margaret Lobenstine

These days, traditional fields are not necessarily a ticket to job security.

You can be passionate about many things and still be successful - you find a way to fit all of your interests into your life or even tie them together into one career.

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Find an "umbrella career"

Umbrella career = encompasses many interests

Ex. Blogging is a popular umbrella career that combines writing, marketing, business, and any interests that you are blogging about.

Ex. A filmmaker who makes films about Roman history, high fashion, subatomic ...

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Narrow your many interests by choosing "focal points"

If you have tons of interests, choose a few to focus on at a time, called your "focal points".

How many? 4 is recommended so that you can stay engaged by pursuing multiple things at once, but not get overwhelmed.

You can change your focal points at an...

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Get a J-O-B to support your interests

A J-O-B is just a day job that allows you to pursue your main interests/passions (your focal points) by providing some sort of resource, like:

  • networking opportunities
  • access to relevant classes or special equipment
  • an energy balance (if your focal points are solitary a...

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Mentors and life coaches can be a huge help

Having some help along your journey is a huge asset.

A mentor = has already done what you're trying to do and can guide you along the path

A life coach = can help you problem solve from a completely neutral viewpoint (in a way that your friends and fa...

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Tap into your network for ideas and resources

Holding events can connect you to valuable resources and inspire new ideas.

  • Brainstorming party = invite friends, relatives, and colleagues to do some brainstorming on how you can pursue your interests
  • Resource party = an event where everyone l...

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Perfectionism often causes people to overwhelm themselves, freeze up, and not take any action.

Be methodical about your perfectionism by looking at your to do list and deciding:

  • Which tasks call for 100% perfection?
  • 75%?
  • 50%?
  • Just 25%?

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