The Burden of Having Too Many Passions

Miguel Lopez
Jun 27, 2018 · 3 min read

Which one should you pursue?

Pursuing too many passions often feels like being stretched in different directions. You do it for too long and you’ll be torn apart.

I’ve been there multiple times. I just don’t learn.

At some point in my life I’ve dedicated considerable time to my many passions. Drawing, writing, playing video games, swimming, programming, learning entrepreneurship, dancing, and the list goes on.

I’ve even tried to learn how to play the tin whistle multiple times. I love Irish music.

But sadly, there’s only so much time in your day.

It’s no surprise most of the advice you’re given in your career and life is to focus on a single skill or path to master it.

And it makes sense, right? The more time you put into a certain skill, the better you become in it.

You’ll also progress faster and you’ll stand out in a sea of unfocused people.

With a clear roadmap to follow, you’ll feel like you are on a path to success.

Getting small wins in the form of checkpoints throughout your path will also help you stay motivated.

You could even become the go-to expert in the skill you’re focusing on.

But the reality is, you’ll feel you’re neglecting your other passions at some point.

And it only gets worse when you start burning out from focusing on a single skill.

You get bored, start procrastinating and you’re no longer making progress on any skill. You’ wonder if you’ve been focusing on the right one.

Balancing your time between all your passions can get out of hand quickly, especially if you have multiple passions as I do.

It’s hard to find a single area that will allow you to explore multiple passions at once.

For me, game development seems the most attractive option, it would allow to play video games, do some programming, drawing, writing, dabble in entrepreneurship, and probably some others.

I’m still not sure if I’ll commit fully to creating games. I’ve tried it before and the effort required to ship even the simplest of games is huge.

But I can start to improve the skills required (that I’m passionate about) little by little.

If I get to a point where I’m still enjoying the process and I find it manageable, then committing to it for a longer time would make sense.

You can dedicate a bit of time to each passion. It won’t take you to mastery or monetizing your skill, but if that’s what you enjoy, then go ahead.

The worst thing that could happen is that I’ve learned different skills and increased my creativity.

You have to be careful not to try to master all the skills at once. This is a mistake I’ve made repeated times. I still struggle with it.

If you’re already learning and practicing multiple skills at the same time, it would be tricky if not impossible to master them all.

Instead, you can work on a few and alternate between them.

You probably have other regular activities that you need to take into account, like a job, hanging out with friends, traveling.

Keeping them in mind will help you avoid burnout, build sustainable habits and eventually reach your goals.

I’ll start my journey to figure out where to go next.

What about you? How do you manage to stay on track with your passions?

Miguel Lopez

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