We are in the process of learning new ways to make our lives work and to become OK with the way our brains are wired. The da Vinci Soul’s brain is oriented toward exploring the wonders around them. This can look scattered to the outside world but you find it exciting and fun.
Pressure from parents, teachers and friends has forced many of us to try to be more like Mozart and follow the path to being an expert. There are even some da Vinci souls who are ‘serial experts’ as Barbara Sher calls them in her book ‘Refuse to Choose’. Whether you are forced by circumstance or inclination, you focus on climbing the ladder to expert. Once you have made it to the top of the ladder you relax. Immediately other passions begin shouting for their time in the sun.
Changing your basic wiring is like coloring your hair. It takes effort, costs money, and it isn’t permanent. If you are a zebra then painting over your stripes only disguises who you are. It doesn’t change it.
Those people who find one or two things endlessly fascinating have an easier time discovering the path to a successful life. These people are able to find books and role models to tell them how to become a singer or a photographer or a chef or a police officer.
On the other hand, you want to be a singer, a photographer, a chef AND a police officer. The ‘and’ makes a big difference. It requires you to develop skills in logistics and planning to change the environment we live in to support us. The key is not to try to force ourselves to change to fit other’s expectations. It’s not impossible to ‘make it work’, but it is harder to find role models and books to help you out along the way.
There is no cosmic rule that says you are limited to one main passion. Today, there is a bit more tolerance for a person who comes out of the ‘Expert Closet’ and shows they are a da Vinci Soul. They have climbed a mountain and now they are looking for the next one.
Coming out into the light of day successfully requires accepting that you are more like da Vinci than Mozart. Having the passion and drive to master multiple things doesn’t make you better or worse than a person focused on a single goal. It truly is only different.
Being who you really are will make you happy. My belief is: increasing the number of happy, fulfilled people in the world, makes it a better place. Help a planet out—become one.