What If You Are not Passionate About Anything?
I have talked about those interests that you must fulfill to be happy. In a previous post, I talked about my wife and her very high outdoors interest. She knew about this — kinda but she was not aware of it to the extent that she would go outdoors when she felt blue or just needed a boost.
What happens when you are not passionate about anything?
What if you have so many interests that there is not one thing that drives you? Society tells us that being passionate about one thing will drive you to success.
I hate to tell you but that is BS! I am not passionate about any one thing, but a lot of things, and I am fine just that way I am!
Note: This post was originally written in May 2012 and has been the most popular post on CareerPivot.com ever since. It was updated in June 2018.
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Interests = Passions
I do have a lot of interests but nothing I am passionate about. The following graphic came from my Birkman assessment. A score of 85 or above is a strong interest and a score over 90 is something you must have in your life to be happy. Notice I do not have any interests over 82. I like to do a lot of different things.
What you will notice about me is:
- I like putting things together, either physically or logically. (Mechanical)
- I like helping people. I have run help desks, support groups and been in training most of my career. (Social Service)
- I like to research stuff and figure things out. (Scientific)
- I like to propose ideas and communicate. (Persuasive)
- To a lesser degree, I like the outdoors. (Outdoor)
Multipotentialites have a lot of different interests. The problem is there is no single interest that drives them. The one common theme is they love to learn.
You could describe me as a multipotentialite. I like to do a lot of things, not just one.
For More: Are you a Multipotentialite?.
What do I not like to do?
- I am not a reader AT ALL! (Literary)
If you have read earlier postings you would have learned that I graduated from high school reading extremely poorly. I read at maybe 30-40 words per minute. Reading was hard work! Even though I have overcome that in the last 30 years, I still do not read for enjoyment. I read books when required.
I do not love to do anything. I like to do a lot of things. This is both good and bad. On the good side, I have been able to move around in my career: programmer, engineer, trainer, IT consultant, public speaker, salesperson, school teacher, help desk support person, non-profit fundraiser and now a career designer.
On the bad side, I have been directionless from time to time. I wrote about this in my post when I left teaching titled, Dealing with that Directionless Feeling. Rather interesting – this post is found by readers using Google search every week. I am not the only one who gets this feeling from time to time.
What Can You Do About It?
I have long accepted that I need variety in what I do on both a daily and long-term basis. In my career, I have typically changed jobs or area every 3-5 years. This means I have made a lot of lateral career moves, which as a baby boomer, I was told was not something you wanted to do. We were supposed to always be looking for that next promotion.
I followed my own drummer!
I now try to make a change to my business every year to add variety.
I started the Repurpose Your Career Podcast in 2016, which has added a lot of variety. Learning how to produce a podcast has stretched me considerably.
The Career Pivot community website project was started in 2017 and is currently in beta. Building a membership website and community is something I have never done before.
In 2018, along with my virtual assistant, we have been re-organizing the website. You will probably notice the section –
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at the bottom of every post and in the sidebar. We spent a lot of time digging through the nearly thousand pieces of content on the website and organized it into portals. This was fun! We created a Start Here page and eight portal pages.
I purposely make changes to keep things interesting. I am not passionate about anything. I am passionate about a combination of things.
How about you? Do you feel that you are not passionate about anything?
Are you NOT driven by a single calling? Check out my post about being a multipotentialite and let me know if that resonates with you.
Note: This post is found daily! If you have found this article you are not alone. There are a lot of us who are not driven by any single interest. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH ME OR YOU.Marc Miller
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