Christopher Morris @chrismorrisseo: Is it possible to entertain several passions simultaneously? Does having more than one negate their credibility as “passions”?
If you DON’T have simultaneous passions then you have almost no chance of creating something new to the world.
I can only speak from experience. I’ll give two examples. In 2006 I was passionate about investing. I ran a fund of hedge funds. And I was passionate about writing. And I was passionate about the Internet. Without all three passions, I never would’ve made the best financial site on the planet (at that time), Stockpickr.com, which I sold in 2007.
Right now I’m passionate about writing. I’m passionate about reading. I’m passionate about helping people. I have a menage a troi of three passions every day. That’s a lot of pleasure for one guy. And I use that to create this blog and the various other things I’m involved in right now.
It’s ONLY the combination of passions that make you unique. One passion is never enough. Everyone has that passion. The combination and mating of those passions produces beautiful unique children with their own fingerprints. When you press your finger down onto the world you want it to stand out and be as unique as possible.
You do that with multiple passions. And be as passionate as possible about them.