ADD, Dillettante- or Renaissance Soul?
Kate Yandoh on Creativity
According to author and coach Margaret Lobenstine, the right answer for many may be door #3, profiled in her book The Renaissance Soul. A Ben Franklin with many passions (as opposed to a Mozart with a single, driving one,) the Renaissance Soul may job-hop so quickly it seems like a jig and have trouble staying on task - but may also be incredibly innovative, creative and successful, especially when they take an approach to life and work that fits them instead of society's traditional mold.
Lobenstine recommends Renaissance Souls keep these ideas as they pursue their many callings (and get over not being one of those people who've always known exactly what they wanted to be when they grow up:)
'1) Did you ever wonder why you find those career and personality tests that ask you to pick one answer to be often far more frustrating than informative? You hate being limited to just one choice! Standard questions like 'What do you see yourself doing in five years?' or 'What do you want to be?' are likely to either shut you right up or bring forth a hundred different answers that can change every five minutes. \n \n2) Know that you'll never be happy doing just one thing for the rest of \nyour life, although you may pursue your interests either sequentially or \nsimultaneously. The key is not to try to open too many doors at once or \nyou won't get far enough inside any of them to feel satisfied. Instead \nthink in terms of identifying a maximum of three to five what I call \nRenaissance Focal Points to give your main energy to for at least two to \nsix months. During that time, keep a notebook of other exciting ideas \nyou may want to pursue in the future, but not right now! \n \n3) Know that process may well be more important to you than product. For \nexample, if what excites/feeds you about quilting is the process of \nworking through all the challenges of color, fabric, and pattern, once \nyou have a design that pleases you, you have successfully done what you \nset out to do - even if the quilt is not a 'finished' product, or the \nfinishing is done by someone else! \n \n4) Be aware that you may be motivated by different 'carrots' than other \nfolks. What looks like a big promotion to some - being given \nresponsibility in your division for a larger geographic area, for \nexample, - may not hold as many new challenges for you as a supposedly \nmore horizontal move into a division you know less about. \n \n5) Recognize when you are done with one passion and give yourself \npermission to move on. For example, I used to run my own highly \nsuccessful bed and breakfast. When I sold my inn, most people assumed \nI'd want to ride that success by going on to run an even bigger one. Did \nI? Of course not. My Renaissance Soul was ready for a change!'