Embrace Your Interests and Passions. Don’t allow others to define who you are, what you do, or how you do things.

I believe it’s important to note that many people who have helped change the world and make history had multiple passions, interests, and talents. They didn’t focus on just one thing. They allowed their passion, vision, and ability to take their life journey down multiple paths. Often, each experience along the way complimented the other and even created new ideas and opportunities.

As professionals, business owners, and entrepreneurs, we need to do the same thing. To be different and to leave our mark on our community and even the world, we need to think and act differently. We need to expand our mindset and embrace various interests and passions. During the process, we need to use what we learn to improve everything else. This is what we do each week in my LegalMinds Mastermind.

A couple of examples that came to mind this morning include:

Leonardo da Vinci

Da Vinci was more than a famous painter. The areas of interests of this amazing man included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography and credited with inventing the parachute, helicopter, and tank. Yes, he is also considered one of the greatest painters of all time.

Elijah McCoy

With 50 inventions over his career, McCoy is generally considered one of the most famous black inventors ever. Of note was his invention of the “lubricating cup” that eliminated frequent stopping necessary for the lubrication of trains. He and his inventions were so well known that the phrase, “The Real McCoy” was coined in his name. With 49 inventions other than the “lubricating cup” he truly was The Real McCoy.

Amelia Mary Earhart

She was not only the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, but Earhart also set many flying records and was the author of best-selling books. She was a visiting faculty member at Purdue University and also a member of the National Woman’s Party and an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. Earhart did much more than fly planes.

You

Regardless of what you do for a living, do more. Don’t let other people tell you that because you’re a [fill in the blank], you should be doing this or that.

It seems to me that the people who have left, and are leaving, a mark on this world are not afraid to expand their thoughts, approaches, and ideas, or look for new opportunities. Bill Gates, Oprah, Steve Jobs and Elon Musk are a few modern-day names that immediately come to mind.

Let’s all leave our marks in this world. Let’s all let the Da Vinci, McCoy, and Earhart inside of us shine through starting today.

Enjoy the journey, embrace your interests and passions, and never stop making each day your masterpiece.

Mitch

Founder of the LegalMinds Mastermind (for all professionals)