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Do you suffer from the Da Vinci curse ?

The Da Vinci curse has got nothing to do with Dan Brown! Rather, it’s the curse that prevents you from finding your way, a life sentence condemning you to be caricatured as a “Jack of all trades, master of none”. How can you change this burden into a blessing?

The hallmarks of the Da Vinci curse are:

  • An inability to be satisfied with doing one thing;
  • Voracious curiosity;
  • Terror at the idea of having to choose a specific area of expertise, which means giving up so many other exciting things;
  • The feeling you’re wasting your time exploring different possibilities when other people are so determined and unswerving.

But is it really a curse?

  • Yes, it is if you carry on comparing yourself to others in general and people who follow linear career paths in particular. In this case, you’re doomed to feel like a failure.
  • No, if you’re looking to capitalize on the situation. Give yourself permission to follow your passion and try out whatever interests you… one of them will almost certainly become a vocation.

With a bit of introspection, you might also find a common thread to these interests. Last but not least, admit that this much-vaunted career “path” might not last a lifetime in spite of your powerful initial motivation. And don’t panic! The author declares that “finding your way doesn’t kill your curiosity”.

To go further

«Comment trouver sa voie quand on s’intéresse à tout ? »

by Paolo Z (TEDxGEM, 9 June 2023).

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Florence Meyer
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Executive coach, change management expert, and author. Constantly on the lookout for the latest management and leadership trends.