The best books for when you have too many passions and can't figure out what to do with your life

The Books I Picked & Why

Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams

By Barbara Sher

Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams

Why this book?

Refuse to Choose is the original book for people who are curious about many unrelated subjects. It is a comforting and fun read, with lots of real-world examples. Highlights include her breakdown of the different “types” of scanners and her project organization method, the Scanner Daybook.


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Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life

By Roadtrip Nation

Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What to Do with Your Life

Why this book?

Written by a team of documentarians, Roadmap is a great read for folks who are just starting their career—or starting over! It offers inspiring examples of people with weird, creative careers, including tons of interviews where you can learn about people’s specific paths. The exercises in the book emphasize seeking variety and blending your interests, rather than narrowing down your multi-passionate soul.


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The Renaissance Soul: How to Make Your Passions Your Life--A Creative and Practical Guide

By Margaret Lobenstine

The Renaissance Soul: How to Make Your Passions Your Life--A Creative and Practical Guide

Why this book?

Another important antecedent to How to Be Everything, this book offers a serious focus on career, work, and revenue streams. Lobesnstine, a career and life coach, makes the argument that a need for variety and love for finding new challenges are not liabilities, but assets. If you’re ready to get down to business, this might be the read for you.


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The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

By Amanda Palmer

The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help

Why this book?

What if asking for help is not a burden, but a gift? This unique blend of memoir, self-help, and cultural commentary will make you reevaluate how you interact with people in all spheres of your life. Amanda Palmer shares the story of her evolution as an artist, wife, friend, and person who has tons of passions. Examining the life she has built is both inspiring and instructive.


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Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together

By Pamela Slim

Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together

Why this book?

Pamela Slim offers a wonderful way to reimagine your life and career, build your personal brand, and share your story. Multipotentialites often struggle to describe where they’ve been and where they’re headed in an impactful way. This book argues that your career is not a linear thing—it’s a collection of different types of work that you’re proud of. Body of Work will help you see your life story from a totally new vantage point.


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