Welcome to our Multipassionate Muse interview series, where we chat with self-described multipotentialites. Need a multipassionate crash course? Take a look on our terminology page and take the multipassionate quiz!
Today we’re talking to Stephenie Zamora, a life coach + lifestyle expert who helps unconventional women transcend “the quarter-life crisis” by translating their passions into profitable online businesses.
Describe your various passions and projects.
I'm incredibly passionate about personal responsibility, something I believe has the power to completely change our world for the better. I'm also passionate about branding, design, online marketing, writing, mixed media art, spirituality, learning new things, traveling, personal development, and health/wellness. As for projects... I currently focus most of my time on StephenieZamora.com where I coach women in their 20s and 30s through the quarter-life crisis. I help them to rediscover themselves, find their passion, and build a life and business around it. I also have some other projects in the works, including StartupCorner.org, a nonprofit focused on teaching and inspiring personal responsibility, and a couple other businesses that are in the startup phase.
Where did you first hear the term multipotentialite/
multipassionista (or similar terms)? Did it immediately resonate with you?
I originally learned about this idea from Barbara Sher's book, Refuse to Choose. She talks about having more than one interest and uses the term "scanners" to describe people like us. It was a very eye-opening read for me and absolutely resonated with what I was feeling and experiencing at the time.
Looking back, would you say you've always been a multipotentialite (were you that kid running multiple businesses from your front yard?!)?
Absolutely! I loved to come up with school and lesson plans for my toys, be artsy and creative, play imaginary games outside, sell lemonade at garage sales, read and do many other things. Over the years I wanted to be many things as well! An artist, writer, fashion designer, teacher, nurse or engineer (like my parents), actress and the first female pitcher on a male baseball team!
What is the biggest challenge of being a multipotentialite?
Knowing how and where to focus your time and energy. With so many passions, projects and ideas, it can be hard to build something that's sustainable and fulfilling. I've found that uncovering your "overarching theme" or the big WHY behind everything that you love helps create some form of focus for us multipassionistas. Behind my why is a belief that personal responsibility has the power to change the world, creation and self expression, and connection with others. I can now see how everything I do and want to create falls under this big why.
What parts of living a multipotentialite lifestyle are the most rewarding?
There's always something new and exciting to work on or learn! New ideas, new hobbies... we're not boxed in to a certain lifestyle or mindset. I love my curiosity and that I can take interest in a number of things. For example, my boyfriend is a woodworker and, while I have no interest in becoming one, I'm fascinated by it and excited to build some of my own things. Just because. 🙂
We hear a lot these days about side hustles, solopreneurs, and multipotentialites. Do you think it's a fad or the way of the future?
I don't think it's a fad... it's definitely the way of the future, but not for everyone. There's so much possibility and opportunity for creating really unique businesses, offerings and models. I've managed to combine many of my passions into one business and am excited about bringing in more mixed media art in the near future. We have the advantage of creating something really unique and unlike anything else out there.
Any words of wisdom/warning for other multipotentialites?
Don't get down on yourself for the way you are. I highly recommend Simon Sinek's book, Start With Why. Uncover what's at the heart of everything you love. What drives you? Is it connection? Creating? Expression? Knowledge? Use this to create a clear why behind everything that you do and you'll begin to see how it all plays together. But also, don't try to force it all into one thing. Some passions are best as hobbies, others are great for building businesses or careers around.
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