When career choice and passion become a gordian knot

“You don’t have to”

…is what I said when I met Steve at a friend’s dinner party. He had just explained to me how he was in a transition in his life. 
He was working his day job and was thinking to change into the direction of his other callings and interests. He explained how diverse they were and how much he loved each one of them. He would love to bring them together in one profession or occupation, but he didn’t know how he could do that.

I just said to him “You don’t have to.
After a pause, I added: “They can exist next to each other, but you don’t need to combine them all into one thing.”

He looked at me puzzled, paused for a while then his face lit up. “Wow,” he said. “ I always thought I had to combine all my interests, but now I realize they can exist next to each other. I can enjoy each of them when I’m engaging in it — but that releases the pressure of trying to combine something that might never come together.”

His problem is a typical problem of creative people. They have very diverse interests, and they are good at all of them. They would love to bring them together in some form or fashion, build a synthesis, which generates money and total fulfillment for them.

However, at the stage of transition, it is tough to come up with a full fledged plan or job description that fulfills all ones needs. It seems almost impossible.

If the gap between your passion and what you are doing right is too big, trying to combine all these interests in one job description can be simply too much.

A better strategy is to look at which passion can generate income already and follow the other interests in the time that is left. 
Later they actually might come together in a way that couldn’t be planned or anticipated. But that usually happens when one is already moving successfully in the space of one passion.

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