The man that chases two rabbits, catches neither. ~Confucius
Quotes are everywhere – on Facebook, Instagram, and lining the pages of our journals. And, I love them, particularly because the right one makes me stop and think – about my life and how I’m living it.
The quote at the top of the page was brought to my attention in Marie Forleo’s most recent episode of MarieTV. I’ve followed a lot of business mentors over the years but the only one left in my stable is Marie. Even now, when I’ve walked away from traditional online business and moved my attention to writing, I still wait for her to show up in my email box every Tuesday morning. Whatever the subject matter of her latest video I always find something of value, and today was no different.
Marie labels herself as a multi-passionate entrepreneur (a phrase I believe she coined) and it’s always resonated with me. I’ve never been afraid of failure or risk (as I talked about in this post), but I have wondered if I’m a person with too many ideas — if what will ultimately sink my ship is bright shiny object syndrome or “Squirrel!” syndrome (thanks Dug).
I thought that was why this particular quote spoke to me. But, then I realized something . . . I don’t actually feel that way anymore. I realized I feel focused, professionally, for the first time in a long time – maybe ever.
I’m still a multi-passionate individual, caring deeply about many things, but it feels like I found the place where I can channel all those passions. Instead of multiple streams running in all different directions, now they all run into one big river. And, I have writing to thank for that. Instead of running off to get my yoga teacher certification I write a character that teaches yoga. Instead of opening my own vegan bakery I create the most beautiful little shop with pink and white striped awnings in my stories. I’m still living my passions, just in a different way.
I’m finally only chasing one rabbit (or at least it seems that way <insert nervous laugh here>). And, just to be clear, I’m still out of breath, I’m just a little less distracted and confused.
Are you chasing more than one rabbit?
If Confucius were here I’m sure he’d add, “Best to be careful, we all know how quickly two rabbits turn into six.”