Being Multi-Passionate is a Leadership Strength not a WeaknessNov 04, 2022
Today I want to talk about the idea that Being Multi-Passionate is a Leadership Strength not a Weakness. If we've never met before, I'm Raychel Perman and I'm the Co-Founder RAYMA Team and the Co-Creator of RAYMA Foundations™. We're on a mission to revolutionize how leadership development is done.
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Have you ever felt like there is something wrong with you because you can’t find the one thing that you are passionate about?
I’ve always felt like there are some people who are just born with one single passion that they move in a straight line towards their entire life. And then there’s people like me. Finding my passion has been anything but a straight line. I’m more like a bumble bee trying this flower and that flower. Trying. Stopping. Starting. And trying again. Do you know what I mean? It could be that’s just the life of an entrepreneur. Going where the passion leads you. Seizing opportunities. Launching, failing, and launching again. We roll with the punches and go where the wind leads us. Never able to answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Teacher. Marine Biologist. Cosmetologist. Interior Designer. Worship Pastor. Forensic Psychologist. Those are a few of my answers to that question over 30-some years of my life.
I once heard something that changed my belief that being multi-passionate was a weakness- in an instant.
In fact, what I was listening to made me tear up several times and confirmed, finally, what I always wanted to believe: There is more than one path to passion. And some of us will flit around like hummingbirds and that is okay. It’s more than okay. It’s divinely inspired curiosity.
Let me explain… It was a Monday morning, and I was casually looking through my podcast list when I saw a name that piqued my interest. It was Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, and she was the feature on the show Super Soul Conversations hosted by Oprah Winfrey. In this short podcast episode, Ms. Gilbert shared how she - the self-professed “Passion Bully” - decided to question everything she knew about the concept of passion, lay it on the table, dissect it, and eventually develop a gentler and more life-giving concept she calls, “The Curiosity-Driven Life.”
During that episode I learned that there are two kinds of people in this world when it comes to passion. Liz calls them jackhammers and hummingbirds.
Yes, I call her Liz. We are internet besties in my head. She doesn’t mind.) Liz explained that jackhammers are focused on one passion for their entire life. They are efficient leaders and when you put a passion in their hands, they just jackhammer away until the end of time. They never veer off course. Totally inspiring, right?
Hummingbirds are the exact opposite. They are full of curiosity when it comes to passion. They fly around their life trying tree after tree following one passion after another. Others might think they are flighty and unstable and incapable of sticking to one thing for very long. But it turns out, two incredible things happen because of hummingbird leaders: “They create rich complex lives for themselves, and they cross-pollinate the world.”
Hummingbirds weave ideas and perspectives across the world and keep things fresh.
Nothing is random my friend. Your leadership matters and your curiosity does, too.
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Bottom line... Being Multi-Passionate is a Leadership Strength not a Weakness.
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