Why It’s Totally OK If You Still Don’t Know What Your Passion Is

Uncertainty about what a person’s passion in life is can cause anxiety for adults. The inability to stay on just one career path and instead jump from one interest to another can be a strength, not a weakness. Idea synthesis, rapid learning, and adaptability are qualities found in people who tend to jump around careers and interests in life. It is not a waste of time to pursue an interest, even if that particular interest ends. The skills and knowledge picked up in one field transfer to each new field the person tries.

Key Takeaways:

  • When you’re five years old, the question “What do you want to do when you grow up?” is fun. You just yell out firefighter, veterinarian, or pirate and every adult in the room cheers you on.
  • But for a good number of folks, as you grow older, this question starts to spur anxiety rather than imagination. These are the people whose high school aptitude tests come back inconclusive, who struggle to narrow it down to just two majors at university, and who scan all those blog posts on uncovering your passion searching for answers.
  • “I’m supposed to do just one thing for my entire life?” they ask with a shudder. “That sounds so … boring. How could I ever choose?”

“Multipotentialites excel at “combining two or more fields and creating something new at the intersection. Innovation happens at the intersections.””


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