I spend an inordinate amount of time reading articles online. My brain is a sponge — soaking in lines of text, filtering the streams of messages, squeezing out what I find worth sharing, and leaving with a clear sense of job well done.
Much of this reading happens on LinkedIn, that bastion of professional online networking and corporate braggadocio. The more I read, the more I yearn for a more rewarding and fulfilling career, aspiring to do what I love … like so many in my network.
Therein lies a problem — what exactly do I love? What does one who harbors so many interests truly specialize in? I consider myself a multipotentialite — someone with many exceptional talents and creative pursuits in life, which makes it all the more challenging working in a world that rewards specialization over multiple abilities. I’ve often wondered if there was truth to the expression, “Jack of all trades, master of none“, until discovering the full version ends with, “…but oftentimes better than a master of one.” Yes, a diverse skill base is a good thing. Who knew we’ve been using that wrong all this time?
Knowing what I know now, what would happen if I hit a career reset button and redesigned my career path? Would my professional life take a different turn, or are we pre-destined for the road already travelled?
People are doing some amazing things in this world and I’m in awe of their intelligence, ambition, and determination. I also can’t help but admire those that have re-set their career trajectory in their adult lives … making conscious decisions, against all odds, to pursue what brings them personal joy and professional fulfillment. And although my need for stability and lack of fallback makes this feel like an implausible goal, my aim this year is to determine what truly ignites my creativity and lights my fire, and who it is I really want … to be holding those matches.
Read more and dare to dream big.