A year back when I was still on Instagram, I used to follow an entrepreneur named ‘Gary Vaynerchuk’. I sent him a message asking the same question, paraphrased of course. To my surprise, he messaged me back with a really helpful answer.
He told me- if I am the kind of person who ponders too much about the opportunity costs, then I am also the kind of person that should accept having multiple passions and pursue each with separate but equal rigor. It made so much sense, the weight of ‘what if’ would have burdened me otherwise.
If you have ever watched an interview of A.R. Rahman, you would realize that the guy is frustratingly boring but almost all of us, unequivocally revere him for his music. While obsessing about a single passion, increases your chances of success; obsessing about several passions mold you into a more interesting person, overall.
There is no single mantra or path to success, especially if you are an artist. The more populist belief although is that focusing on one thing is ideal for success. Warren Buffet amongst many others is a proponent of this belief. I think so too, but that is certainly not the only path. Interestingly, the areas of interest to Leonardo da Vinci were painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. I think he is the most celebrated person, who had several passions. (Correct me if I am wrong.
Frankly, it is up to us, whether we turn out to be, ‘master of none and jack of all’ or ‘master of a few and jack of the remaining’. The path you take matters little.
Thanks for reading. Peace out!