If you’re a multipotentialite, how do you turn your passions into successful creative career? David Bowie had the same problem. It’s a problem as old as time: You have too many passions and not enough time to pursue them all. But what if there were a way to combine them? Which strategy can you use to fulfill your potential?
Enter passion stacking. This is the idea of pursuing multiple interests simultaneously in order to create a more well-rounded and fulfilling life. By incorporating different passions into your day-to-day, you open yourself up to new experiences and opportunities that you might not have otherwise had. And the best part? You don’t have to choose just one.
David Bowie was not only one of the greatest rock stars of all time, but also a fashion icon, actor and even a painter. With a career that spanned over four decades, he continually pushed the boundaries of genera’s and defied convention. His creative approach and unique style inspired other artists and helped to shape the sound of popular music. In addition to his musical contributions, Bowie was also an accomplished actor and made significant contributions to fashion and style. He will be remembered as one of the most innovative and ground-breaking artists of our time.
Let’s deep a bit into Bowie’s career history. He spent nine years failing, released 3 albums and 9 singles. All of which flopped lamentably. Although he released some of his greatest track, yet people were not into it, they didn’t get it.
After this bummer, David took two years off releasing music and consumed himself with passions: Theatre, Mime, Science-fiction, Painting and combined all this together with his music to write Space Oddity. This song tells the story of an astronaut who is lost in space. It turned out to be a perfect metaphor for Bowie’s own life, as he was always exploring new and uncharted territory. When David Bowie released his song in 1969, little did he know that the tune would become an anthem for space exploration. The song was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s film « 2001: A Space Odyssey », which had been released a year earlier. In the film, a man is sent into space and then encounters strange creatures and futuristic technology. Bowie’s song reflects the fascination that many people had with space in the 1960s and early 1970s. According to the BBC,
“…this kaleidoscopic album is an amalgamation of Dave’s obsessions…”
Multipotentialites are a unique breed. They are people who have many different interests and no real calling in life. They « dabble » in many things, never really sticking to one thing for too long. While this can be seen as a curse, it can also be seen as a blessing. Multipotentialites have the advantage of seeing the world through many different perspectives, making them more innovative and creative than those who focus on one thing.
As a multipassionate person, I’ve often felt lost and overwhelmed. The society want us to wrap our identity around what we do, so when you don’t know what you do, you don’t know who you are. The problem is, we start second guessing every passion, every decision and this is a perpetual circle we need to break. The answer is to build core values and be aligned with your true creative self.
Pulp fiction is one of the best movies ever made, it disrupted Hollywood. It also turned Quentin Tarantino into an internationally renowned creative genius. Tarantino creative process is very unique. As a screen writer, author director, producer and actor Tarantino is a Multipotentialite. He’s remarkably passionate about novels. In Pulp fiction, he blended three common movie scenes together to create something new. The secret sauce is to cut off the originally linear story scenarios seen in other movies and create a “novel-movie” where the chapters are disrupted, using different characters perspectives of the same event to create a new dynamic. Thus, Tarantino wrote the Pulp Fiction screenplay as though it was a novel.
If you have multiple passions, don’t fight them, follow your creativity, blend your passions together to create something unique and amazing. As Bowie or Tarantino, use your skills as creative superpowers to blend some of your passion together to create uncommon projects.