While “follow your passion” is a common piece of career advice, it has several limitations. One such limitation is the assumption that you have just one passion and should forsake all others. However, what if you have multiple passions and don’t want to give any up? What kind of career can you create?
Luckily, there are a few approaches for you to explore. Over on PuttyLike, a site for people with “multipotentialities”, Emilie Wapnick outlines four models people with more than one interest can pursue when trying to earn a living. Here’s one model that stood out to us:
Model #4: The Serial Approach
This model is best used by multipotentialites who are more sequential in nature. It involves working in job for a period of time– 4 years, 6 years, whatever feels right for you. And then when the boredom hits, shifting to an entirely new field altogether.
Serial careerists often begin researching their new fields casually, on the side, a long time before switching. Sometimes they use the connections, resources and knowledge from their current work to help them transition.
From a self-employment perspective, this would be the serial entrepreneur. Someone who starts a business, runs it for a while and either lets it go, sells it or automates it and steps away. Then they start a new business and begin all over again.
This mirrors my experience. I started out in fundraising and communications for education-focused nonprofits, while on the side I was writing about nonprofit careers. Now, the latter is my full-time job.