I meet a lot of creatives that because of their varied talents, experiences and interests can do many things quite well. They are often overwhelmed by opportunities or possible projects they could pursue. None of these opportunities are in and of themselves wrong, but they often struggle to work out which one is right? So they hedge their bets and do all of them.
On a Monday they are committed to writing an album and booking a tour, the next day they are thinking of launching a tech company, then by Thursday they are going to take a flower arranging course. All of these options are good, but each time you change your mind you seem to lose momentum in the last thing.
Don't get me wrong the ability to do many things is something that should be celebrated and is much better than believing you can't do anything well. The problem comes when the approach of the creative generalist ends up leading to many incomplete projects that never see them truly live up to their potential.
Creatives love the fact that they can do anything with their life. The harsh truth though is that we can't do everything. We have finite time and energy.
So the question is 'Which opportunities help you express your "Why", align with your values and ultimately lead you to do something in the world that others just can't?'
This doesn't mean that you can't do a variety of things throughout your life/career, but could you possibly lean in and focus on a smaller number of ideas/opportunities at a time? Progress to a point where you see fruit of our investment of time, energy and talents and then reassess what you might do next.
There are lots of pretty good graphic designers or florists or musicians. But what would it look like for you to become more than just pretty good. But become known for your unique take on an idea, project or potentially a whole industry.
'The good news is you can do anything, but not everything, but that's ok because you can do anything!'