Why Multipassionates Should Cancel Netflix



I used to have a habit of working on my business and then getting sidetracked by some series or other on Netflix. If it was about something I’m interested in, I justified it by saying I was just pursuing my passion. And then I spent every free minute watching episodes and hardly worked on my business at all.

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The active/passive nature of passions


You see, a lot of passions have an active and a passive side. For examples, if you’re a writer you need to read a lot of books, but you also need to get practice writing – a lot. If you’re a painter, you need to look at others’ art but also produce your own.

All of this takes time. The problem especially with multipassionates is that they’re likely to be passionate about at least two or three of these, resulting in a passive-consumption fest like my own Netflix sprees.


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The power of focus


Yes, you can honour your multiple passions but you also need to focus. It’s just too easy to get sidetracked, and ten times easier for a multipassionate.

This process is the remedy:

  1. Pick two or three passions at a time, to focus on.
  2. Breathe – it doesn’t mean your other passions are off the table, just temporarily on hold.
  3. Make sure to keep a balance between active and passive work on your passions.
  4. Keep distractions at a minimum (such as your Netflix subscription or Social Media).

You’ll be surprised at how much you can get done! None of this is set in stone, by the way – you can review and revise at any time, which passions to focus on.

The One About Goals

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where…”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

A friend posted this except from “Alice in Wonderland” on Facebook, of all places, and when I saw it, it hit me like a brick. You see, I’ve always struggled to explain to Coaching clients, friends, and acquaintances why goal setting is so very important. People tend to yawn and roll their eyes at me, the “self-improvement nerd”.

Sure, there have been studies which found that the 2% of people who have written goals are the ones who reach their goals, but hey, there are so many studies about so many things… It’s easy to simply dismiss it and continue as before. What I love about the example from “Alice” is that it’s so wonderfully graphic. It speaks to your mind and your imagination alike.

In a way, having no goals is like turning up at the train station and asking for “50 miles straight ahead” at the tickets counter. It just doesn’t work that way. If you don’t know your destination, or if you are unclear about it, you won’t make any progress as there simply are no tickets to “somewhere in the North of the country”.

Life, of course, always moves ahead and changes. We get older, we experience things, every day passes and becomes irretrievable the next morning. In other words, we are on a moving train anyway, but in order to get on a train of our own choosing, we must be clear on our destination.

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