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You can do it all

What to do if you have 3-4 talents and you don't know what to choose? Let's find out. It might be too down-to-earth approach opposed to the trendy media message "follow your heart", that in my opinion applies mostly to the youth with a magical source of passive income from aging parents. I believe in discipline, priorities, and concept of achievement, rather than getting.

SUMMARY: 1. Find a base, very solid core education that you can successfully get

2. Succeed in your primary base activity to be at peace and financial security

3. Focus on immediate, relevant, urgent, important

4. Sort and delegate, take the position of the lazy

5. Take profound care of yourself: you are investing in a long lifespan

5. Being successful in one, use this inspiration to fill your spare time with other ways you create!

Sciences, mathematical and humanitarian, were present in my life along with learning arts in the evening school for 6 years. Before any official schooling, my intuitive go-to activities were painting, dancing, and reading, both encyclopedic literature and fiction...

Being gifted or talented in many fields (by which I mean that investing enough time and focus one can equally succeed in each of them, given that competition in these fields is equal which is usually far from reality) can be viewed as a curse or as a blessing. Unfortunately, we are only provided with a single life during which we need to realize our abilities. My tactics (it originates from multiple life teachers and mainly my mom) that can be applied to a healthy multitalented person's life who seeks independency and being able to live creatively to the fullest may be found below!


First thing is to find out what is the field you are talented in which has high demand, high level of hardness, and low supply. It most likely be something mathematical, something that normally scares people. Pursue it as your fundamental education. Education in some subjective fields, too narrow fields, or in something 3 out 5 of your friends would like to go for, in my opinion, does not have much potential in neither shaping your competitive mindset for hard problem solving, nor it will give you the freedom of always being employable even if you choose not to go for that career. Piece of mind and very solid logic shaping for the future!


Second aspect is finding time for the side (maybe temporarily) interests while there is a major project going on. Hard education/job is hard, it requires time and mental investment. However, the so-called hobbies are something we are naturally good at. Most likely you will have muscle memory preserved with less frequent trainings. So no anxiety that you may lose the grip. The key to finding time and, very importantly, the good spirit to dedicate time towards temporarily secondary activity is to maintain success in the primary activity related to more hard-core studies/work. In this case, investing an effort into the secondary activity will be rewarding and fruitful. The paradox that might happen in your life if you manage to achieve high standards in the primary activity is: the more you succeed in one, the more you are prone to succeeding in everything else.


Now, how to manage all this? The key is to establish the priorities and become their firm follower. And my first suggestion would be to invest as much as possible to maintaining a good physical and mental health. This includes a simple list of advice. Make physical exercise, whole nutrition (lots of fresh produce, legumes, healthy fats), and enough sleep your routine, plus avoid toxic substances and addictive agents. Then, always be focused on the most critical aspects. You have deadlines and you focus on the accomplishments due date. Sort your duties from most relevant to least relevent, see who you can delegate some of the work. This helps to tackle the problems with the maximum energy density and opens up some room for rest and replenishing laziness moments.

The changes in your lifestyle will likely result in noticeable modifications in your friends circle which is something to be ready for. At some point, I literally had social vacuum during a transition period, but it was not critical because I was so invested in achieving something, that it was not painful. Additionally, a bit later I attracted very much different crowd that was enriching for me and understanding of what I was doing. Currently, it feels like my old friends and I simply speak different languages. I graduated with Physics degree from Moscow State University, moved to the US, going for PhD in Engineering, and I am still doing my art because art is as natural for me as breathing.

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