That has been nearly impossible for me to do as long as I can remember.
What a relief it would be for me if I could boil all of my interests, talents, dreams and goals into one unique focus and excel at it.
So, in creating this blog I debated: What among my areas of expertise and interest should I focus on here?
Do I want to blog about Photography? I’ve been engaged in that passion since I was about 8, when I was given an old Hasselblad range-finder by a neighbor. I ran around with black & white film shooting landscapes like I was Ansel Adams (long before I even knew who he was).
Or, I thought, maybe I should focus on advancing my love for painting and blog on the subject of Art? I’ve been painting nearly as long as I’ve been shooting photos. Encouraged by my father, who bought me canvases, paints and brushes for my 10th birthday. He was a very good sketch artist (engineer by trade) who taught me the importance of capturing light and how to create depth with shadows. I wasn’t as good a painter as I was a photographer, but I have always loved seeing the world from both perspectives. Maybe I could engage people like me who’ve been art amateurs for decades.
Writing is another love of mine, but I knew that simply by blogging I would be able to express myself through the written word. It doesn’t matter the topic, as long as I care about it and have a comfortable degree of knowledge and experience, I can write about it.
The nagging topic at the top of my mind was to focus on my professional career as a Nonprofit Fundraiser by blogging to help others be successful in my field. Except that after 11 years working happily and successfully in that field and gaining my Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) status, I am ready to try something new…
Voila! That was it! I decided that I will blog about my recent career shift from fundraising to becoming an Executive Career Consultant, Outplacement Agent & Advisor. So, I started to design a blog for that singular purpose.
But in my effort to focus on one topic, I kept hitting a mental wall.
What about all of my other passions? I wondered. Should I have multiple blogs for each beloved topic? What a nightmare that seemed; to try to stay on top of so many posts and updates! I knew that after a few weeks, I wouldn’t be able to keep up. What would be the point of blogging about photography if I never had time to get out with my camera because I was incessantly blogging?
Then a conversation I had with a longtime friend came back to me. She recently reminded me that we are each multifaceted people who have never been very good at focusing solely on one interest – despite having been pressed most of our individual lives to do just that. It was recognizing the “seeker” quality in the other that made us instant friends and lifelong soul sisters.
I am aware that some people are truly gifted with one unique talent, like music, mathematics, scientific research or art. They pursue it as if there is no question that is what they should do. I knew an elementary school friend who was already certain by fourth grade that she was going into aeronautical science. She planned early on to go to MIT when most of use had no idea what MIT even meant. From what I’d later heard about her, she had done exactly that.
I have never been one of those kinds of people. I never knew exactly what I wanted to be when I “grew up.” All I knew was that I wanted my life to be creative, exciting and filled with interesting people. I have since learned that I require multiple opportunities for change and growth in order to feel fulfilled.
So, here I am, breaking all of the “self-branding” rules by not focusing on one identifiable topic – thereby muddying my personal brand. Nevertheless, I think the topic of being a Seeker - or “Scanner” as favorite author, speaker, and career/lifestyle coach Barbara Sher refers to people like me – is quite an interesting topic. Scanner is a fine term, but I see myself more as a seeker of adventure, knowledge, experiences and opportunities who constantly “scans” the horizon for these things and jumps in with both feet until I lose interest. In my mind I am a Seeker.
I know that there are lots of people out there just like me who will understand and appreciate the challenge to be a Seeker in a world full of settlers. I hope we can support, honor and encourage our unique, multifaceted, “Seeker” selves here.
I look forward to your contributions!