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November 25, 2014
I have often felt a bit conflicted about having so many different career interests. Over the last 30 years, my career choices have gone in many different directions, many at the same time! I have been a teacher, tour guide, probation officer, advocate, activist, social worker, workshop facilitator, psychotherapist, adjudicator, manager, professor and life/business coach, and board member of nonprofit organizations (and that's just what I remember!). Taking on all these different roles challenges the notion that one's career should be specialized and focused. Yet, I have no regrets about making big changes and embracing new challenges. Over the years, I have been able to keep learning and developing new skills—keeping it interesting, new and exciting! Each new thread has added to the fabric of my life. How does your life weave together?

Paula
Featured Article
Too Many Passions?

The old saying: Jack-of-all-trades, master of none! reveals the bias against those who choose a varied work life rather than committing to a unidirectional path. There was a time, however, when society admired such a person. In fact, some of our greatest contributors have been talented in a variety of areas.

Leonardo da Vinci, painter of masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa, also designed and built bicycles, canals, musical instruments and flying machines. Benjamin Franklin not only helped draft the Declaration of Independence, he was also an inventor, politician and political theorist, printer, scientist, and author. Maya Angelou, best known as an author and poet, was also a successful songwriter, journalist, actress, singer, dancer, civil rights worker and professor.

Margaret Lobenstine, author of The Renaissance Soul–Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One, identifies five signs to help determine whether you are a "Renaissance Soul":

• The ability to become excited by many things at once, often accompanied by difficulty choosing
• A love of new challenges; once challenges are mastered, you are easily bored
• A fear of being trapped in the same career or activity for life
• A pattern of quick, sometimes unsatisfying flings with many hobbies
• A successful career that has left you bored or restless

There is Nothing Wrong with You
People who recognize themselves in that description often feel that something is wrong with them, that they're not 'normal'. They may be accused of having an unwillingness to grow up. They may be called irresponsible, a dabbler or dilettante, or worst of all, a quitter.

If you fit the above criteria, take heart. Support is available to help you embrace your strengths and stop trying to fit into the mold of someone you are not. In fact, your traits make you an ideal candidate for work that requires flexibility, adaptability to change, and a broad skill base. Renaissance Souls are often ideal entrepreneurs since they typically wear many hats in their own business. Public relations, marketing, consulting and project management are other good choices. Because of their multifaceted abilities, they may also adapt better in today's shifting financial climate and global economy. What's more, their passionate nature and curiosity are truly an asset in any arena.

How to Handle Your Passions
In her book Refuse to Choose: A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything That You Love, career counselor Barbara Sher provides dozens of tools for dealing with a multiplicity of passions and also divides what she calls "Scanners" into nine categories. The "Double Agent" is torn between two interests, while the "Sybil" is drawn to so many things that she's often unable to choose anything. The "Serial Specialist" and "Serial Master" often stick with one career or project for many years until they've gained all they desire from it, and then move on to master different occupations. Understanding your type can help you recognize strengths, get support, and choose work or projects that suits you.

Along with clarifying your core values, Margaret Lobenstine, author of The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One, recommends choosing a "sampler" of interests and then rotating them. For example, you might work on a new business venture, volunteer to teach reading in your local school, take acting lessons and study a new language. If you want to, in six months you rotate some of those out and choose others. That way you're moving out of indecision and into action, honoring your 'renaissance soul', and accomplishing goals. A journal and 3-ring binders can help you track your numerous ideas and keep your projects organized.

Often all it takes is a shift of attitude to embrace your renaissance nature. Learn to honour its ways and you may find that your many talents lead you to a fulfilling, passion-filled life.

Author's content used with permission, © Claire Communications

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Words to Ponder
"The only way to do great work is to love what you do."
- Steve Jobs

"I would rather die of passion than of boredom."
- Vincent van Gogh
about
With a background in education, social work, and psychology, I understand the various ways that people are motivated to change. Throughout my career, I have promoted growth and development, healing, and change. I have worked as an educator and psychotherapist and have provided training, workshops, and professional development programs.

As a Life Coach, I work with professionals, artists, and entrepreneurs who get stuck in the routines and busyness of everyday life. Some have postponed or been derailed from their personal or professional goals, but are motivated to reclaim their lives and live more in accordance with their core values. Others simply value the notion of 'not going it alone' and see the benefits of working with a coach to achieve more than what they could do on their own. I help people envision their future and identify what they most want and need in order to thrive. I help them overcome obstacles so that they can spend their time and energy more intentionally. Through coaching, my clients reach beyond what they thought was even possible and actively create more meaningful personal and/or work lives.

I live in Toronto with my wonderful partner. We have two incredible and talented teenagers.
Paula Klein
Life Coach and Social Worker (MSW)
www.paulaklein.ca
paula@paulaklein.ca
416-537-5634

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