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The Renaissance Soul: How to Make Your Passions Your Life―A Creative and Practical Guide Paperback – October 8, 2013
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Some people just can't seem to settle down: they jump from career to career, from interest to interest; they chafe at being pinned down to one job or self-definition. This need for variety and love of finding new challenges, says career and life coach Lobenstine, can be a positive trait. Lobenstine's aim is to help such people find ways to pursue their varied interests without feeling overwhelmed. Her "focal point" strategy suggests picking a small number—usually four—of interests to pursue for now, interests that might be exchanged for others at a later time. And the author proposes various ways to integrate one's career into these focal points: if you're passionate about your work, it might be one focal point; for others it might be a way to pay the bills while they pursue other interests. One inexperienced older woman with a longstanding desire for a career in the art world found a clerical job at a museum, where she had access to curators and an opportunity to volunteer her graphic skills. Lobenstine has identified a situation rarely addressed by self-help books, and her advice is sensible, concrete and do-able.
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“Lobenstine has identified a situation rarely addressed by self-help books, and her advice is sensible, concrete and do-able.”
“Here’s one self-help book that is exactly as advertised, well thought out and offering sage advice . . .”
—Boston Sunday Globe
“The perfect career- and life-crafting guidebook for innovative, creative, multipassionate individuals who were not made for the one-track traditional career. Help is at hand! No matter your life stage, here’s a book full of inspiration and practical information on how to create a life and career that fulfills your Renaissance soul.”
—Swarthmore College Bulletin
“Can’t decide which life or career path is right for you? Maybe you don’t have to! In The Renaissance Soul, Margaret Lobenstine offers inspiration, advice, and practical tips for people with more than one burning passion.”
—Laurence Boldt, author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living
“I’m so grateful this book has finally been written! I need, my clients need, the world needs this incredibly helpful, practical, life-changing guidebook for those of us with a multitude of passions and aptitudes. Please, get this book into the hands of every person you know who is a Renaissance Soul. You could change their lives!”
—Jennifer Louden, author of Comfort Secrets for Busy Women and other books in the bestselling Comfort Book series
“The Renaissance Soul will help highly innovative and creative people find ways to make their many dreams come true. I’ve already begun using its wonderful ideas and practices with clients.”
—M. J. Ryan, author of This Year I Will
“Wow! Where was The Renaissance Soul when I needed it during my five career changes? This is a fabulous guide for people who find themselves constantly tap dancing from job to job. Benjamin Franklin would be proud!”
—Julie Jansen, author of I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This
“Sure to speak to Boomers and older people who have done many things well yet feel sidelined by a culture that rewards consistency and focus. Margaret Lobenstine makes the world safer for the multigifted of any age who are well served by her wit and wisdom. Bravo!”
—Marika and Howard Stone, coauthors of Too Young to Retire: 101 Ways to Start the Rest of Your Life
“The Renaissance Soul is welcome news for individuals who just can’t make up their mind ‘what they want to be when they grow up!’ Career coach Margaret Lobenstine shows how you can have it all and create a structure for yourself that blends your many talents, abilities, and intelligences into one vital and satisfying lifestyle.”
—Thomas Armstrong, PhD, author of 7 Kinds of Smart: Identifying and Developing Your Multiple Intelligences
“Finally the multigifted have a champion. But anyone feeling that they only need a little sunshine in order to blossom will find this book bursting with light—it has all the creative and practical ideas they need for getting life on toward its purpose.”
—Elaine Aron, PhD, author of The Highly Sensitive Person and The Highly Sensitive Child
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If you have ever felt like you have deep passions in multiple places that do not align with each other and everyone keeps telling you to choose your one passion but you can't, then this book is for you.
It is unfortunate to hear that the author has passed away because I personally feel that I could have benefited from her coaching. Search on Facebook for Renaissance souls and hopefully you will find the community to help you grow as well.
The book provides insight into behaviors and motivations of those who identify as a Renaissance Soul. It offers strategies for managing and balancing multiple interests. It helps anyone who reads the book get a better understanding of themselves, loved ones, employees or colleagues.
Do you find a lot of different things interesting/worthwhile?
When you really understand how something works, where it fits, &/or how to do it, do you lose interest?
Do you hate that there's an expectation for just one answer to the question, "What do you want to do when you grow up?"
Do you find it almost impossible to describe what you're going to be doing in 5 years in singular?
Do you have a tough time choosing?
After a year or two at working in one place, do you get the itch to move on?
Answered "Yes" to at least 4 of these questions? Then you're a Renaissance Soul - just like me & a ton of other Creatives!
I give The Renassiance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine an A+ and a smiley face sticker. It was so refreshing to finally find someone who accepts - no, encourages! - those with many passions to incorporate them all into their life on their own terms. That's one of the foundations of my coaching practice, so I obviously ate this book right up, and subsequently have recommended it to almost every one of my creative clients.
Ms. Lobenstine starts the book off by acknowledging the fact, from the time we're young, most of us have had the message of "get a stable, steady, singular job" drilled into our heads over & over & over again by our parents, our teachers, our mentors & even our friends. It's the norm, the status quo, the end all & be all to a "successful" life. Even if you come from a family that supports hoofing it to Broadway or opening a virtual store to sell the dog sweaters you knit, there's usually still a voice in our ear telling us to find "something to fall back on" or to "find a plan & stick with it." The consensus is that you'll be a failure if you decide to split your focus, or you don't pursue one straight path. But what if the dog sweater knitter was also a great art teacher? Or loved yoga? Or had a super green thumb? Should she, because she decided to open her own Etsy shop, cut off the other passions in her life? Or should she close up shop & pursue the passion that would provide the biggest, most stable income?
The author says, "No", & to that I say, "Amen"! But what rocks is that she doesn't say it in an idealistic way - thus encouraging this particular woman to be a dog sweater knitter/art teacher/yogi/botanist all at the same damn time. Instead, she leads you through exercises to see what you might want to enjoy as a hobby and what you might want to pursue for financial value. She offers time management suggestions, like picking only four Focal Points so you don't get overwhelmed or scattered or bored. She explores many different career options for Creative Souls, like an umbrella job that encompasses your many interests, or two jobs that can be pursued simultaneously but compliment each other. Possible roadblocks are acknowledged (perfectionism anyone?) & then knocked down. There are also exercises for you to differentiate your values to the ones that have been bestowed on you, to set your intentions, to figure out your Focal Points & manage your schedule, etc.
The good news is that I don't feel alone in this respect any more. I've learned that there are other people out there just like me, who have struggled with education and career direction. This isn't because we are not smart enough or sharp enough or driven enough...but because we want to do it all!!! I'm only about 1/3 of the way through the book, and already I feel relief coming my way! I think this is the book I have been looking for my whole life.
Please, do yourself a favor if you feel a lack of direction due to a fear of committing yourself in just ONE direction, and get this book! It focuses on acknowledging what's really important to you, identifying your most important values, addressing financial concerns, time management and so much more.
Now, I feel a sense of mission to help other Renaissance Souls who have been plagued by the things described in this book by first sharing the book and the multitudinous insights contained in it.
For all multi-talented people as well as those with numerous interests, I cannot recommend this book enough. You will benefit handsomely from reading and applying its wisdom.