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The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One
by Margaret Lobenstine
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Renaissance Soul: =) — 7 years ago


Worth reading! The Renaissance Soul gives down-to-earth advice for people who thrive on variety and challenges in a number of deep and rich interests. The book helps people identify their passions (plural!) and follow them without feeling overwhelmed by choice. It’s also clear, well-written, and full of concrete stories. I like it!

A number of people have told me that they admire the way I know what I’m doing. My grade school teachers were completely unsurprised by my choice of a college major. My love for technology can be traced to childhood, and on the surface it can seem like I’m one of those people who know what they want to do and how to do it.

However, my teachers and friends have also always known that I can have a hard time focusing. In university, I switched from mobile computing to wearable computing to personal information management to education. I take up hobbies and let them go at some point.

The best thing I took away from the book is the idea of a focal point sampler. Identify four things you’re passionate about. Figure out if you’re the kind of person who pursues things sequentially or who prefers to enrich life by blending things together. Make it happen. Key point: you’re not stuck to these four choices forever; you can change your mind and try different flavors next time. It’s like sampling flavors in an ice cream shop…

I think my sister Kathy should read this book, too. =) Good book. Thumbs up!

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