Lately I have been talking to many people who are tired of focusing on one thing. I call it “one way traffic.” One way traffic is great for safety reasons, for geographical planning, for strategy and other reasons. However, sometimes, one way traffic can be a nuisance, a diversion that prolongs one’s journey.
Okay, there is a reason for the digression and mention of one way traffic.
Many folks are frustrated because they have been told to choose one gift, use it and abandon the rest. They have placed themselves in boxes and are scared to soar. They want to be set free but afraid of the unknown.
Here’s the harsh truth: If you accept labels and not walk in your full capacity, you will regret your life one day and even blame others for your own inaction.
There is nothing wrong with you for having and using your multiple gifts, diverse skills and talents. It becomes problematic when you don’t know how to manage them.
Leonardo da Vinci was a polymath – someone who has learned much; universal genius, renaissance man or woman. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, historian and writer.
Do you get it now? Mr. da Vinci was all those things – a renaissance man.
What are you doing with your gifts?
Look at Oprah, TD Jakes – do they do just one thing? TD Jakes is a pastor, businessman, filmmaker, movie producer, author and more.
Dr. Maya Angelou once said: “We cripple our children, we cripple each other with those designations that if you are a brick mason you shouldn’t love the ballet. Who made that rule?”
There are many polymaths – children of God who are universal geniuses caged in boxes, withering away. Lord have mercy!
If you are in ministry and struggling financially, let’s stir up those gifts inside of you and show you how to have multiple streams of income with what you have already. God did not create you to beg. Do you know what’s in your hand?
Stop dumbing down what God has blessed you with and don’t deprive your children from being who God created them to be.
Heard of multipotentiality?
“Multipotentiality is the ability to select and develop any number of career options because of a wide variety of interests, aptitudes, and abilities..”- Barbara Kerr, Career Planning for Gifted and Talented Youth
“Multipotentiality is the state of having many exceptional talents, any one or more of which could make for a great career for that person.” — Tamara Fisher, Education week
It is indeed a fact that there are people who can excel in many fields.
Polymath “is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas, known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems.” [culled from Revolvy]
PS. There are too many people hiding in boxes; pigeonholed because of labels. It pays to be yourself – the whole you and nothing but you.
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Belinda is a Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Consultant, Corporate Trainer, Writer, and International Speaker with a unique blend of law and technology expertise. In addition, she is a digital entrepreneur, ordained pastor, mentor to women ready to impact their generation. She is the host of Destiny Chats podcast and lives in New York with her family. For consultation , click here