Help!!!!! I have so many interests

Lol

You are not alone.

If you are a creative person, you will find that you are always interested in learning new things and many at times, people start calling you Jack of all trades. Haha…or Jane of all trades.

Some people will even call it Attention Deficient Disorder (ADD), because you can’t focus on one thing for too long.

Today’s blog post will be taking all about how to deal with this mild form of ADD.

Nothing is wrong with you.

This is just the process of discovery. You are just trying to discover what you like and what you don’t like.

You can’t think that you would like something, you actually have to experience it to know whether you like it or not.

It’s like, if you have never tasted ice-cream before, you can see a picture and like how it looks, but if you have never tasted it, you will never know what it tastes like…you will just be speculating.

It is only after you taste it, that you will know whether you like it or not.

PS: I have seen some people who don’t like icecream.

Let me give you some more examples:

I thought I would like knitting and so I learnt how to knit. Later I discovered that I did not have the patience to sit down for too long, and so I dropped it.

I thought I would like baking, and so I learnt how to bake. I can’t even remember why I stopped baking but I guess it could not hold my attention long enough. I still like to watch Cake Boss and all those baking shows on TV, but ehhhh I just salute them from a distance.

I thought I would like to make clothes, and so I went to learn how to make clothes. Later I discovered that I did not have the patience to sew dresses. I have a lot of admiration for people who can sew but I now know that it is not for me.

“People always used to ask me, why don’t you make clothes? You mean you only make accessories?”

I say yes and they are shocked.

The process of experimenting helped me to find myself, and it will help you too, if you open up yourself to experiment and try new things. I discovered what I liked and what I didn’t like. I don’t have to copy what every other person is doing because it’s me that will suffer for it.

I made accessories for quite a long time, about 10 years now and one of the reasons I loved accessories is that I didn’t have to spend days making one accessory. In fact if any accessory takes too long to make, I won’t make it again and I won’t make it for sale.

I just can’t deal!

Another advantage of trying different things is that even though I don’t knit or bake anymore, no knowledge is wasted. I can pick different elements from all the things I have learnt to create a unique piece.

For instance, accessories are not the only things I have a huge interest in. I’m also very interested in technology and business, and I have spent years learning more about these topics. When I combined these three things together, I created ST Colours A-School.

Discover your own unique set of interests, and build a unique brand. (Click on the link to tweet)

I have tried to do this, but this year as part of my birthday resolutions, I want to take it one step further. I am consolidating all my plenty plenty activities into one unique platform, www.stephanieobi.com and I look forward to receiving you on the other side. From next week, my blog posts will be on the that platform, alongside the other things I also do.

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I would love to hear from you, what is your unique set of interests. It does not matter how far apart they are, share them with us in the comments below.

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Thank you so much for all the Happy Birthday comments and messages. I was so overwhelmed. I spent the whole day saying “Thank you”. Lol. You really made my day. Mmuah!

See you in the comments below

Steph

 

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17 Comments

  • Anuri

    Reply Reply May 14, 2014

    Steph… God sent you.. I am a Jane of every trades.. seriously im that person that u call who has an idea about everything. Sometimes it feels like one is scattering effort.. lol im actually learning to sew now and some days im like.. hmmm what did I start.. but im good at it.. I do accessories… I bake… i see patients.. i can plan an event…(i have the wierdest contacts for the wierdest services). How does one consolidate /crystalize everything into one?

    • Steph

      Reply Reply May 14, 2014

      Hello Anuri, you asked an amazing question. That is the question I asked myself for many years, but I have found that it will come with time. Keep following your heart and exploring new things. One day, you will see a thread that connects all the dots. I’ll do a post on this next week.

  • Chiagozie

    Reply Reply May 14, 2014

    Steph, as I read this I felt as if you had me in mind. I have too many interests! But I don’t regret learning all and I will SURELY learn more!
    I love to write(songs, poems, short stories, novels and novellas). Writing is part of me.
    I bake. I learnt it in the university.
    I knit( cardigans, baby caps, sweaters and socks, pullovers etc) I learnt it during my NYSC.
    I make belts, ear-rings, necklaces, bangles,bags, purses etc with beads. I learnt it while in the university.
    Now, ST-colours don teach me bags, I want to learn shoes too. And above all, I want to learn how to sew.
    I live by the principle that I have this one life and I’m going to suck up as much knowledge as I can.
    And next thing I want to do… Audition for the ProjectFame! I love singing! I auditioned for naija got talent but dey no pick me.
    When I’m older I’ll be a happy person because I pursued my interests and made efforts to better my life.
    Thanks Steph keep it up!

    • Steph

      Reply Reply May 14, 2014

      Hahahahahaha I want to see you on Project Fame ohhh. I agree with you, you will definiteky be fulfilled because you rocked your life.

  • iyare

    Reply Reply May 14, 2014

    KUDOS for the great work!!! I am truly inspired.May God bless more as you create impact on lives. Shalom

  • timiege

    Reply Reply May 14, 2014

    I just want to learn everything learnable.

  • timiege

    Reply Reply May 14, 2014

    Hi steph,I having being learning clothes and accessories making and I specialise in making babies(clothes)and have also learn a lot fron net on accessories but I have not started making money from all this I mostly do them for free,e be like say my own learning na osho free oh,witin I go do?

    • Steph

      Reply Reply May 14, 2014

      Hahahahahaha, Look for the people that will need what you are making and market this to them. I will treat this properly in another blog post. Stay tuned

  • midi

    Reply Reply May 14, 2014

    Hmm me sef I have too many interests,infact,I have learnt all your interests but now I want to make money jor!not learning this and that.mind you,I am a professionally certified chartered accountant.yet I can’t work cuz of my young family.pls help me I need to make money to pay bills bills bills

    • Steph

      Reply Reply May 14, 2014

      Hahahahahahaha, I literally laughed out loud. Stay tuned, I will put write a post on this. We will pay those bills, bills, bills

  • Pemi

    Reply Reply May 14, 2014

    Happy Birthday dear, you remind me of me. I have many interests: learnt how to bake, interior decor, I do wedding n parties planning, I used to make Ankara bags with old bags for friends and family my own way. Am into fashion, kids stuffs.i get restless at times .i am ready to learn anything and yet am pursuing my career as a lawyer.its good to know am not alone.

  • Gift

    Reply Reply May 14, 2014

    Hi steph,i am also in this club i know know how to make beads which i learnt after high school, knitting which i don’t av patient for though i learnt knitting in high,want to learn how to bake nd event planning i av always had interest for it since high school,i av the ability to multivariate and counsel people i also want to work with dat as a ministry cus i am not the kind of person that likes to keep what i av inside bu the probs. i av is dat my fiance is like i should concentrate on one thing and me i love to know everything lol, i need ur advice pls. thanks

  • bola

    Reply Reply May 14, 2014

    honestly steph am confuse I find myself everywhere tailoring,baking o etc right now I dnt even knw which one to do ad d one dat wil be gud for me.guuuuusssshhhh

  • Bhakti

    Reply Reply May 15, 2014

    Hello Stephanie ,
    I feel so good to read your article . I am not alone !! .

    After learning so many skills , I am confused but not deterred . Trying to find my niche but am loving it totally. As chiagoze rightly said, I want to suck everything learnable out of life as possible so I would feel I lived a life with out regrets. Thanks for your amazing insight , it really reassured me that I am on right path.

    Good day to you and all the janes ( lol)

    Regards,
    Bhakti

  • Teekle

    Reply Reply May 15, 2014

    Hi steph. I belong to this club ” Jane of All Trade”. And I find myself good at it. In less than 3months I find myself competent so that inspires me to do more training in different aspect. Basically I’m into fashion designing and I see fashion designing as a wide concept. That’s the sewing aspect, bead making, Ankara shoe and bags, making up and gele tieing, hat making. Is that really to much for a fashion designer???

  • Tosin

    Reply Reply May 15, 2014

    Thanks a lot steph. You are so amazing! Sorry o…I’m just posting my own birthday message. Happy Belated Birthday. I pray that God will keep you to see many more amazing years ahead…Amen!
    I think I’m a jane of all trades too (kinda anyway). I love to make jewelries both with beads and wire, I love singing and acting, I also want to explore voice-overs (bcos of my kind of voice)…all those things sha. I just hope I can combine all these.#whew!

  • Rhema

    Reply Reply May 19, 2014

    hmmmm, na me oh u dey preach abt chai

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