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It's okay to have many interests

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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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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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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