A Multi-Passionate ‘Entrepreneur’ / Scanner’s Resume: How to Tell if You’re One Too!

I first learned that I was a ‘Scanner’ in May 2010.

Ran my fingers right out to amazon and bought Refuse to Choose. Then cried as I read each chapter.

I was so excited. RELIEVED.

To have someone tell me I wasn’t lazy, scattered or irresponsible, all things I’d been taught to think because of my inability or lack of interest in ‘sticking to one thing’.

To be understood.

To understand.

To learn that I didn’t have commitment issues as reflected in my myriad career moves.

To realise that in fact, I was VERY, VERY committed – to experiencing, learning, growing and following as many of my passions as possible.

My commitment has been to following my heart.

Not to trodding the beaten path.

Reading Barbara Sher’s books made me realise that there were people like me out there, with a zillion interests and passions when it came to career and life choices, and that being unable to choose between them or make a lasting career out of one didn’t make us flighty or confused.

It merely meant that we’d been trying to be laser beams, when the form we take is more fireworks, less laser or rocket.

Scanners. Renaissance people. Artists. Sparklers. Polymaths. Multi-potentialites. Fireworks. Slashers.

We are different. We are alike.

While I prefer the term I created (Sparkler, of course!) over Scanner, here’s what a Scanner’s process looks like:

  • Discover new passion
  • Become obsessed and think about it day and night
  • Learn all you can about it, delve into information as though it’s Nutella
  • Give in to burning desire to tell the world what you’ve discovered, cos of COURSE this is the most amazing thing since fire was discovered
  • Started talking about _____ (in my case, scanners) to anyone who’ll listen
  • Start doing ___ (a weekly telecall series discussing Refuse to Choose a year ago)
  • In true scanner tradition, either lose interest / finish grudgingly / quit with the intention to complete later, ________ (we did about 6 calls and then dropped the ball)

BUT the idea was here to stay.

I spent a good few months in confusion as I rebranded and cocooned about how to bring together my passion for coaching, writing, spirituality, self actualisation, social media, branding, authenticity, inspiring people and having fun. And then, it happened.

This is how amazing it feels when a Scanner gets that they can do whatever they want to do, that they won’t run out of time and that picking one thing FOR NOW doesn’t mean 1) they’ll be stuck with it forever or 2) they’ll have to give up the other things they want to do!

There’s a way to have your cake AND eat it, that’s why we have so many passions. And cake.

I help multi-passionate people with shiny object syndrome get clear on what they want, turn their primary passions into a career / business they love and live a life that rocks.  I write about finding your purpose, being fulfilled, self actualisation, personal growth, courage, authenticity & living a life that matters, your way.

As I collate and create information, resources and strategies in a way that serves us all, I’m going to share my Scanner resume with you. If this resonates with you and you find yourself saying “whoaaa that’s so me!”, you might be a scanner too – rejoice! For you are not alone. You’re home.

In case you’re wondering, the opposites of scanners are divers (or my term -  lasers) ie, specialists completely absorbed by one field such as pilots, scientists, doctors, lawyers, athletes etc who may have other hobbies, but are consumed with passion for one major thing.

The Scanner’s Resume:

1996: Post Grad Business Management + random gigs in Delhi
1998: 1st job: Advertising Account Executive (9 months)
1999: 2nd job: Move to Calcutta + Financial Services Counsellor (9 months) + time off
2000: 3rd job: Back to Delhi + Educational Content Management for Dotcom (2 months) + time off
2001: 4th job: Unexpected crazy random move to USA + Technical Recruiting
2003: Travel across India, Thailand, decide to quit corporate, do Massage Therapy training
2004: Move to New Zealand as Marketing Manager for local firm. P/t Massage Therapist.
2005: Massage Therapist (10 months) + time off
2006: Massage Therapist (7-8 months) + time off
2007: Year off for injury + 2 months of retail sales + random gigs
2008: 5th job: Move to Canada + Career Counsellor (2 months) + loads of time off
2009: Coach training + Coaching (6 months) + 6 months off (new website)
2010: Coaching: Social Media + Career Coaching + Law of Attraction (incl rebrands + url change)
2011: Coaching, inspiration & resources for multi-passionate people = Mission! (3rd url change + finetuning of brand)

Other sexy stats:

Total time since post-graduation: 13 years
Total time spent in “jobs”: 3 years
Time spent as a contract therapist: 3 years
Time spent in Solopreneurship: 2 years
Time spent travelling / not working in jobs: 5 years (incl 1 year blocks: 2003 and 2007)
Longest time in a job: 9 months

Lasers have a career path. Sparklers have a PASSION path.

What does YOUR resume look like?

I’d love for you to raise your hand if you’re a slasher Scanner / Sparkler too. And if you’re a Diver / Laser (like my dad who’s been a pilot all his life, or my friend who’s worked in hotels for 12 years), please share that too! I know you’re one or the other, so speak and be heard, you!

I’m truly excited and curious to know who are and what you believe. How has being a Sparkler or Laser impacted your life and work? If you suspect someone you know is a Sparkler and could benefit from this post & resource site, please consider sharing it with them: ‘like’ it, tweet, email it. Thanks!


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  1. Camila Barbieri says

    I´ve always wondered why I wasn´t able to carry on with something I had started. I found myself falling in and out of love over a million things. I get obsessed and then quit, over and over and over. I´ve been a lawyer, a vet and a teacher (still am). I love crafts, want to make a living selling my stuff. I can´t stop. My brain is always active. And then.. I found this post. OMG, Tia. Thank you so very much.

    • says

      Haha, sounds like my brain :) You’re very welcome, Camila. Even though this reply is 3 years late!! How’s Scannerdom been treating you all this while? Would love an update!

  2. Sophie says

    I like this site :) Hmm. So, how does one put so many passions together to make some money??
    I have so many “things” that I love and find it very hard to nail down something that I can make a living from. I keep coming up with the idea of setting up a cafe with my friend that has an events side to it. I feel with me that I need to keep doing things, trying new things, one minute talking… then serving… then eating.. designing… creating..etc. I don´t want to do one thing so I thought this would be one fat project to get my teeth into. A strong goal which I feel I need.
    What I am scared of is picking that, then realising that I should have picked something else and running out of steam………….
    All of these interests I have are great, but I need to make a living too!
    Any advice?
    Any advice……

  3. says

    Sophie, who says you have to pick one thing and stay with it forever? Can you start your project in some way now (without having to achieve the whole goal before you know if you love it)?

    That wasn’t what I came to comment on, though… I came to say thanks for putting a name to the thing that has kept me dissatisfied with any single, driving career path – I NEED to be doing several things, and every one thing I try to single-mindedly focus on becomes boring.

    Here’s my resume:
    - Got a theatre degree & theatre job right out of college
    - Desperately bored, not enough variety in the problems to solve, so I started working in IT
    - Not enough art, so I started a theatre company in my “spare” time
    - Became a trainer
    - Didn’t get to work with others, so started managing projects
    - Felt politically isolated, so started a zine
    - Felt out of touch with my body, so started dancing
    - No one to dance with, so started a dance company
    - Needed change, so started traveling as a consultant
    - Except travel gets pretty boring, too, and I wanted to do more for others… so I started what I’m doing now.

    It’s comforting to see so many other people also finding ways to integrate their paths.

  4. Carol says

    Tia, it was amazing to discover a fellow traveler. I was diagnosed with ADD because of my life multiple choices but it didn’t change anything. I’m now on disability because I believe I broke my back by the weight of too many expectations from others and pressure from my ex-husband to be a laser! All of my cervical and lumbar disc collapsed. I was young for this to happen so now I live in debilitating pain. My ex was a laser and held nothing but contempt for me and my varied jobs but he loved that I made a lot of money! When I had to have multiple surgeries it became clear if I worked again it would be many years. So I was grieving the loss of my professional life, stuck in a web of excruciating pain and nerve damage when he tosses me out and divorces me because now I was useless to him! When my back crumbled I was a professional counselor, grant funded project manager, taking care of an elderly disabled and sick mother 2 hours away, wearing a back brace and lifting my mom, making decisions for her, dealing with isolation from my mate who was angry at the money I was spending instead of making more by staying at home and having more clients, I was also going to school full time for my doctorate. I collapsed under the weight. Did my surgeries and disability change things? No, they just got worse! The point of all this is that my resume looks much like yours. I consistently was a counselor but as a project manager there was down time between grants. This job drove my husband nuts because he couldn’t understand why I couldn’t focus on one career and make even more money! Now I help family friends with my hyper focus to research their medical or mental needs and teach them. I’m always reading 5 or more books at the same time. My significant other asks me with humor if I ever get tired of being right all the time. My brain carries a wealth of knowledge that can go no where due to my disability and pain. I wish I had this book ten years ago then maybe I could have changed my world instead of trying to be every thing to every body instead of being faithful to me. Thanks for listening and sharing. I love your resume and your life! You go girl!

  5. says

    Very interesting. That makes me a “Sparkler” Numerous job changes, educational degrees for fun, myriad hobbies = but everything with passion. :-) And now I am still doing what i am passionate about – writing.

  6. says

    I have been called a “seeker” before. I do get passionate about things, learn everything about it, and many times make a business out of it! :) Love to see it explained this way.

    I have been a dental hygienist, owned an advertising agency, owned a garden nursery, bought and sold real estate, and have been a holistic health practitioner. I’ve worked with dogs for the longest probably, but that has led me to coach people without dogs too. Because it’s really all about habits. And dog’s reflect their owners behavior. So I’ve gotten good at hearing what people are feeling and what they need and then creating new habits to attain that.

    Awesome post!

  7. says

    What happens when a sparkler marries a sparkler?

    Oh my! Thank you for this. I have caught myself saying time and time again, that life would be better for me if I could just focus on ONE thing. One skill. One talent. One passion. But truth be told, I was blessed with multiple talents. I’m not bragging. Sad part is, I want/need to monetize ONE of them (or more than one, I suppose). But WHICH one? WHEN? WHERE? HOW?

    I look forward to following you and your path to clarity.

    Wish I could remember which SHINY OBJECT led me to you…

  8. says

    OMGolly – i’m not going off my head, i’m not lazy, i’m not a commitment phobe – i’m a scanner!!!!

    Thank you soooo much – i feel more relaxed now than i’ve done in probably 30 years!

    Thanks for letting me share your journey

    Charlie xcx

  9. says

    It’s so great to find out one is not alone. :) I remember my relief the day I realize I could do whatever I wanted and be whoever I wanted to be, and how my blog could help me present who that person is (intuitive/writer/lawyer/parent/musician) to the world.

    It is really a great feeling when ones realize one doesn’t have to just stick to one thing especially when one has many talents.

    Thanks for this post.


  10. says

    Yay, my tribe! I first read Barbara Sher’s book “I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was” more than a dozen years ago, and was mostly relieved that I was a Scanner, and everything was going to be O.K. This past winter, I forgot about this thing that makes me tick, and started worrying again that I was never going to be a [INSERT TODAY’S CAREER]. I was definitely falling back into the hole of “what’s wrong with me; why can’t I make tracks in anything?!” Luckily, I discovered while surfing that Barbara wrote a new book just for Scanners. I’ve lost the first book and now carry “Refuse To Choose” and a Scanner Daybook around with me as I go through it. It’s really helping me get excited about learning new things again.

    My resumé:
    • Human Biology and Zoology major in university (after dabbling with declaring Physical Anthropology, Psychology, and Peace and Conflict Studies majors); favourite course was 20th Century Espionage with a KGB defector guest speaker
    • certification in personal training, fitness assessment, yoga teacher training, rowing coaching
    • took CE courses in sports medicine and exercise science meant for doctors and physiotherapists
    • numerous workshops, CE classes, lectures, etc. in quantum physics, world literature, writing, improvisational acting, flamenco dancing, astronomy, international relations, craniosacral therapy, drawing, pottery, programming logic, database programming, Mandarin
    • accepted into 3-year acupuncture diploma program, but program was cancelled before I started
    • coached rowing (beginners, corporate, adaptive, and masters) for pay, then as volunteer
    • volunteer elementary math tutor and high school tutor (all subjects)
    • volunteered on marine biology, archaeology, ecology, medicinal botany, hydrology science projects in Spain, Hawaii, UK, Kenya, and Peru
    • have volunteered graphic design, web design & development, editing, and photography for a number of charities
    • worked part-time answering letters for a celebrity sex therapist; as a photographer for a neighbourhood newspaper
    • started a photography college diploma program, then multimedia diploma program + internship
    • currently a graphic designer and web designer, but transitioning to copy writer and technical writer

    This month, I’m taking courses in feature writing and photojournalism, but I’m also considering a class on culinary science, even though I don’t cook or bake and have no interest in either.

    It’s strange how, when you actually list everything out, it sounds more impressive than it feels when you’re jumping around from thing to thing. Just happy that I’m not the only one with such a scattered resumé!

    • says

      …I realise I’ve left lots of things off this list already, but doesn’t really matter. You get the picture: I’m into just about everything.

      My big question is why didn’t anyone tell me there were jobs for researchers when I was younger? Fact checker? Sounds marvellous. Especially as an entry-level job in journalism. They really need to tell guidance counsellors about Scanners!

  11. Michelle says

    wow, this DOES sound like me! (scanner) My resume is crazy with jobs I’ve jumped around in…I had to post that…but now I need to go read more of your site! LOL

  12. Julie says

    Hi there,
    So I am *new* to this scanner/sparkler stuff. Tia, I found you and your website when I googled “inspirational quotes”, and I got hooked immediately. I have ordered Barbara Sher’s books at my local library and should have them soon. I am hopeful and excited! I have to say that I do prefer the term “sparkler”, it seems so much more complimentary, and I do love shiny, sparkly things! “Scanner” sounds too robotic, or implies a lack of depth of thinking, I dunno. I struggle to stay positive about my seemingly lack of direction and general dissatisfaction with what is considered to be a conventional life path and career. Like so many here, I am relieved to learn that there are others like me, others who haven’t quite yet figured it all out. I always thought that there were the people who were satisfied and even happy in their conventional job, and then there were the magical people who seem to forge their own paths AND make a success of it. Those are the people that I am fascinated with, but I just have a hard time seeing myself as being one of them. It’s like they have some secret key to the universe and I was absent the day they handed those out or something. I always feel like I have fantastic ideas, but I don’t know how to make them reality and I start the defeating self-talk before I really even get started. This is ingrained in me, probably by my mother (poor Mom, gets the blame for everything). I know she did not intend to discourage me, only to protect and guide me, but when I wanted to try something as a child and as a teen, she would either take it over and then I would not want it anymore, or she would tell me all the reasons why the thing would be too difficult. She tried her best to guide me towards a secure and known quantity. And this is now what I do to myself. I want to change that. My so-called resume seems to be similar to other sparklers, all over the place (and with the seemingly requisite massage therapy stint). I can’t even remember every job I have had! I have self-sabotaged myself out of many “good” jobs. Currently I am unemployed, and I want to be self-employed and be able to support myself, my way. (Help me!) I started a blog (4 days ago), not really for anyone but me to read at this point, but just to start something, and to help me maintain motivation. I end each post with “Wish me luck!”. I have a question for you, and other sparklers. I am curious to know what you were like as a child. In particular, what sort of student were you in school, and were you obedient at home? Did you read a lot, or were you mostly outside playing? I was very compliant as a young child and student – teacher’s pet, top of my class, obedient child. School was easy and I got lots of positive feedback from adults. My biggest problem was my perfectionism. For example, I would take twice as long to complete a simple homework assignment because if I didn’t like the way my handwriting looked, I would do it over. As a teen, I started to feel the discomfort of being a square peg being forced into a round hole, and I rebelled a bit, mostly at home. School was still easy, and I just did what was expected to get through it. It pretty much bored me. College was a hit and miss. With a lack of direction, no clear career goal, I found it hard to stay motivated. I was happy to finally be able to make my own choices, I just struggled with deciding! It has been the working world of adult life that has confounded me. Do I stay at the secure (boring) government or corporate job (and make my mother happy) or do I follow my dreams and risk being broke and without health insurance? (And, what are my dream?) So, I have just gone back and forth, again and again. Now I find myself in middle age, still stuck in this same battle. I want to stop this cycle! And be HAPPY! (But not homeless.) I have always asserted that I can do anything I try with proficiency, I just don’t have any one thing that I feel at which I really excel. This is probably not true; I know that I likely just do not recognize my best skills and abilities. So this is my assignment for myself: identify my strengths and determine how best to use them. Wish me luck!

    • Margaux says

      There have been scientific studies showing that when people have too many choices, it makes them less happy and more stressed out than when they only have one, maybe two. That’s even true with two many mustard choices.

      I could tell you about my childhood, but I’m not sure it serves you to continue looking back on your life. Suffice to say, everyone is different, including all sparklers. That’s not the source of your “stuckness” today, nor is it mine. You don’t have to unravel your backstory in order to move forward now. Trust me.

      I think Barbara’s books will help you a great deal if you take in her message and do her exercises. It sounds like you could use a bunch of tools to help you figure out what you want first, tackling how you get it second. In this case, you’re far better off keeping your boring but secure job, at least until you’ve worked this through. As the saying goes, if you don’t know where you’re going, any path will take you. Besides, you can’t really make your own choices until you know what those choices are.

      I suggest also that you read Strengthsfinder 2.0 by Tom Rath. When you buy the book, you get a code for an online test. It’s NOT the be-all test to tell you absolutely what your strengths are, but it’s a start, and it will give you some confidence about what you’re really good at.

      To further boost your confidence, send an email to some friends who’ve known you a while, people with whom you work and truly trust, and ask them to tell you what they think are your strengths, what sorts of things they can always rely on you for. Ask them for positive traits. By compiling lists from other people, you get a larger sampling size and can see what the recurring themes are. This is our first step to figuring out what makes you unique and how you create value for other people. Good luck, Julia!

  13. laurie f says

    To Julie from above post….if you see this I would love to chat with you because you seem to have written MY story as well….connecting with people who have common interests can create their own sparkle….Tia can share my email with you if you wish….

    I am definitely a Sparkler on the Journey of Self Discovery! I would say that I am an information hoarder because I find so many things in the world just fascinating! I have a “to do” list so long that I know my life is not long enough to tackle half of what I want to do, see, try. But that is ok. I have drive. There are so many people I know who don’t know what their interests are and tend to find life boring…what? Boring is never a word in my vocabulary – ever! Like Julie I was a good student in school, went to college, worked, went back to college for a Masters in Education, held teaching positions for 12 years and now find myself unemployed (due to economic reasons!), a stay at home mom and 1/2 time homeschooling mom, trying to navigate the direction of my next “career”. I am super passionate about education and the process of learning but am anti main-stream society. Branding our kids into a public school one-size-fits-all model goes against everything that I see in myself. However, I did follow the “conventional life plan and career” path but at 42 can’t pick a direction. Why? One, too many interests, two, loans that still need to be paid off, three, bills to pay, and finally a husband and daughter (and home) to take care of and support. Now what? has been the question sitting on the plate for me for two years. Oprah is quoted as saying when you don’t know what to do, do nothing. Well, how long should one take to do nothing? I get her message though and have held tight to that. I am by far the least laziest person you will meet and even though I have not held a “job” per-say for two years I have done many things. I looked into and wrote a business plan to start my own business (but talked myself out of doing it), started two blogs – one about inspiration and the other about courtesy, I took graduate classes for my teacher certification, I took/take care of my daughter, do all the household chores!!!, got involved in a penpal/writing/art project nationally, became an avid blog reader, participated in homeschooling seminars, webinars, and summits, etc.

    I have learned that I am quite introverted and shy. I can’t say that growing up I loved school and now that I have a daughter I question what method of learnig fits best with my ideas of success. I often question the idea that since I do not have a job/career does that make me unsuccessful? Despite being quiet I can hold my own and run a classroom with great efficiency (and the tummy churns and turns!). My parents were controling but not that involved. Often the answer to any question was “NO” “because I said so”….so much for developing authenticity and uniqueness. Hearing these kinds of messages throughout the lifetime of being a child these messages are stuck. Yes, we can make changes but it is hard to “unschool” the schooled mind and can take the rest of your lifetime to undo what happened from birth to 18. Not saying that things were abusive but parenting styles did not work with child learning styles hence mixed messages being relayed to the young minds.

  14. Emi Suzuki says

    Hi Tia,

    I’m glad I stumbled across your site. I’ll continue to research what it means to be a scanner. The more I read about scanners, the more normal I feel. I’ve been a junior high school teacher, high school teacher, lecturer at a university, lab instructor, software trainer, program manager at a software company, group manager of a networking group, and there are several more. Thank you for this website. I look forward to hearing from you.


  15. says

    Hi Tia! I just stumbled across your site by way of a comment you left on Social Caffeine. HOLY MOLY it’s nice to know that I’m not really alone :) I’ve had so many jobs and been all over the board . .it’s hard to explain that to people! Aerobic instructor, executive assistant, HR Manager, Account executive, Advertising and Events Coordinator, Shoe salesperson, Assistant to the Store manager, Dog Walker/Pet Sitter, Pet Photographer, Yoga Instructor/Studio Owner, Graphic & Web Designer . . and more! I just ordered the book, can’t wait to read it and more of your posts!!

  16. Drea says

    I can’t believe this! I’m definitely going to have to read Refuse to Choose. I have done everything from sell meat from the back of a truck to paralegal (now) and also now, a law student. I’ve never actually been in a “real” job for more than 2 years – I’m almost there now at this job and I’m already feeling the need to leave. My mom is so proud every time I start what she thinks is an “acceptable” job. I absolutely hate office politics and being away from my dogs.

    College at Western MI Univ – 2 years – bartending at various sites, also working at First of America bank
    College at Davenport – 1 yr
    College at Tempe Az 1 yr worked for Tempe Restaurant Associates before that was some food business I can’t even remember, they went under anyway
    then real estate in Sedona, AZ
    then back to MI a new single mom
    back to school at Walsh College finally earning a bachelors in business admin
    owned/operated an ice cream store
    then Methodist Children’s Home,
    then Jabil circuit
    then my own transcription business (that lasted 10 years until I foolishly married)
    Exhibit works doing booths for auto shows
    paralegal degree at the urging of mom to get “real” job
    selling meat outta of a truck
    probate paralegal
    bartending throughout all this
    moved to Napili, HI and worked for barnes & noble, then worked for corporation counsel county of maui
    then back to MI because of husband’s job and unemployed for a while,
    started law school,
    working now as paralegal
    and I HATE working at an office pushing paper where no one listens anyway
    and Shannon’s note above says it well…”scanner plagued with fear and worry, so I live as a laser.” only I’d say “barely survive” as a laser.

  17. Ashley says

    I am totally a scanner. I have been a nurse for 5 years but have been employed in 6 different areas of nursing. I can’t help it. I get there, I lean the job & then I quickly get bored. I have worked in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes & now a rehab facility! I have recently went back to school to earn a Degree in the Human Sciences. Longest time at a job 1 1/2, but mostly been in jobs 9 months! Glad to know that I am not crazy. I recently switched jobs because I had literally reached capacity for my Job requirements & was doing other peoples jobs as well. I just couldn’t stay because I was getting so bored & depressed! I am most Definetly a Scanner!!!!’

  18. says

    Umm, what the… Not only am I shocked to make the same discovery as you did, that I am a multipassionista, but to discover I have the same passions as you? Kinda creepy. Of course, I have a few more, lol, and I suspect you have too. I’m very curious about your process, and it’s too bad I am utterly broke. Have you ever tried mentoring, Tia? In any case, it’s a pleasure to read your blog. I’ll make sure to devour it, and who knows, maybe I’ll find my answers in between the lines. It’s what I do best. Lalala, I feel like I’ve just eaten some nutella myself. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  19. Don says

    Towards the end of my marriage I was told by my wife that I was a failure at everything I tried and nothing I did ever came to fruition. I have made some spiritual improvement since then, but her voice still lingers in my head.
    I was reading your post with tears in my eyes this morning. I now have even more faith and hope in myself and the universe than I had before.
    A thousand thank you’s!

  20. says

    I Loved this post Tia. I am definitely a scanner although for most of my life I have been ‘told’ that I should be a laser!!! Its now 30 years since I graduated from University and at the age of 53 I wonder sometimes if its too late to ‘reinvent’ myself!
    Fortunately now I don’t need to work anymore for financial gain so I am able to follow more of my passions just out of interest, as hobbies I guess – however there is still a small desire burning in me somewhere that tells me I would like to ……..????? (what I don’t know!)
    I still believe I have more to give – but is it too late????

  21. cheeni says

    Hi Tia,

    Wow..knowing about you is fantastic and gave me lot of inspiration to plan my career. After knowing who are Sparkels..Yes I can confidently say that I am also a Sparkel. But so far I have cocooned myself in to one job, which I do only due to some financial commitments and social responsibilites. Now I feel so relaxed deep in my heart after reading about u . I want to do all I love to do with passion , in my life. Would like to have more interaction and motivation from you.

    Thanks a lot

  22. Shanna says

    I Can’t tell you how glad i am that i landed on this page, and how relieved. my passions/interests keep changing. every few days a new idea.and i’m am extremely passionate about a whole lot of things at the same time too. (the only problem is the execution). and everyone has been telling me i need to change n get focused and stick with it. n I’ve been dying inside trying to get that one right answer, the 1 thing i could do forever, to plan a career path.i can suddenly breathe easy after reading this. I’m gona be just fine without changing myself completely. Thanx :)

  23. Shanti says

    Hi Tia,
    Many many thanks for giving me some hope in this state of absolute disillusionment I thought I was in. Each and every word that you have written says my story. Well, I would like to believe that I am a sparkler who is scared to follow her heart. I really cried when you wrote that people like me are none of these – lazy, irresponsible, confused… coz I was told I was one of them! I was misunderstood by many, including myself! My story also resembles many of the other sparklers who have written to you, maybe a bit from everyone else’s story! :) I have worked as a laser (software engineer) for 4 years, but that sapped my energy levels completely and started affecting my health and morale heavily, so much that I decided to quit my job to RELAX! just plain RELAX! After 1 year, my relaxation worried me so much that I ended up forcing myself to focus on one interest (I had many – working as an employee (not volunteer) in an environmental NGO, educating small children, opening a start up similar to some cottage industry, and so on…)). I visited some NGOs, volunteered with them with the hope to get employed by them, did a course in Montessori education for small kids, started tutoring small kids in the neighborhood, joined a nursery school for a very short duration, but felt a strong sense of disillusionment every time I went on to do something unconventional. Years of training to become a laser has left a deep impact on my psyche…I thank you for bringing this phenomenon and relieving the minds of people like me who are in sever distress!

    But there’s one thing that I wanna know, my fear of exploring the new or maybe failing again or maybe not attaining excellence really overpowers my interest in a particular field…Would really be thankful to you if you help me gain an insight into it….For now, I am all set to get a copy of Refuse to Choose….

  24. Ali says

    Well i am also a scanner i guess…..quite young for now to say though(just 25)…been in writing articles,debating,painter,politics,making and selling kids toys,…been poet,..director in a media society ,…security consultant,network manager..,social worker,teacher,musician ,entrepreneur,computer programer,art director, audio editor…much more stuff i cant remember…was difficult to manage unless i learned to handle my time ,resources and plans.
    sometimes made me feel pretty bad that am i different from others but quite a relief from your post ,love this post and this blog…but one issue still unresolved is about expressing yourself….well we know we are scanners…but how do we tell this to others…how do we express our scanner identity…:/
    any tip Tia?

  25. A says

    Hows this for you, I’m a Laser, but my CV reads like a Scanner because I can’t get ahead in my one true passion of being a Pilot.

  26. says

    Omg!! Thank you so much for helping me realize that I’m not ‘broken’!! I spent 16 years in corporate hell, even then showing signs of being a scanner, moving purposely opposite of the ‘cookie-cutter’ career path. I would change jobs every 4-5 years, when I could absolutely not bear it any more! I finally got the courage to leave 3 years ago…I had no idea what I was gonna do next, I just knew I had to be passionate about it! Since then I’ve just been flitting around working in restaurants, etc….feeling bad because I haven’t found my passion!! I even hired a career coach, but it didn’t help! I’m so excited to read that book & also complete your 21 day course….from the sandy beaches of Isla Mujures, MX!! Perfect place to meditate, refect & do some ME-work!! Thanks again!! Time to get my Moxie back!!! Cheers!! ~heatheR


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