About four years ago I recorded a video titled “How to Find Your Passion as a Scanner / Polymath” and uploaded it to YouTube.
To this day it’s one of the most popular videos I ever recorded and I continue to get comments and emails from people thanking me for sharing the information in the video.
The video talks about the concept of being a “Scanner” or “Polymath” type personality.
“Scanners” or “Polymaths” are essentially personality types which explore and learn many different interests in life, as opposed to just deeply specializing in one thing.
The majority of people in the world are wired to be “specialist” type personalities and our entire schooling system and society is structured in a way so as to make people who are polymath personalities feel like failures or like there is something wrong with them.
The pressure and anxiety that can build up for polymath type personalities as they go through life and are asked to pick ONE thing that they “should” specialize in for the rest of their lives can be intense.
Polymaths are constantly harassed by their parents, friends, spouses, relatives, co-workers and others to “Just pick something and stick to it already! Jeez!”
The truth is however that as polymath type personalities, we can TRY to pretend like we are a “specialist” like most of the people around us, but it never lasts.
We pick something that we want to learn, and we get interested and excited, but a month later or six months later we have learned EVERYTHING that we ever had any interest in learning about that subject and now we desire to learn something else!
So how can we find our passion as a polymath?
Well, check out the video I recorded four years ago for my perspective on it:
As you can see from the video, my recommendation is to actually EMBRACE the GIFT that you have being a scanner / polymath type personality, instead of trying to change it.
When polymaths first hear that there are other people just like them out there, it gets them really excited because for the first time in their lives they might feel like there isn’t something wrong with them.
Just knowing that you’re not alone out there can be liberating.
The next thing that most polymaths then want to know is “How do I make money as a Polymath?”
See, most specialist type personalities will always try to tell polymaths something along these lines “Look, if you don’t pick ONE thing and specialize in that ONE thing you’ll never amount to anything…you’ll never make any money… you’ll be a jack of all trades and a master of none and you’ll never make any money!”
I’m here to tell you that’s a pile of bullshit.
Scanner / polymath type personalities can make WAY more money than specialists – but ONLY IF they embrace their polymath personality instead of trying to fight it or by trying to pretend they are a specialist.
Forget traditional career paths.
Most career paths that schools train for are based on specialist personality types.
A brain surgeon is a specialist type career path.
A music label attorney is a specialist type career path.
A sniper in the army is a specialist type career path.
You can’t think in terms of those types of career paths.
You have to find something where being a polymath and a fast learner gives you a competitive advantage in the marketplace instead of a disadvantage.
For me, I discovered that being a Blogger and an Internet Marketer work perfectly with my polymath / scanner personality.
Being a blogger gives me the opportunity to blog about my various passions, and to then make money from that.
My ability to understand various different niche markets gives me an unfair advantage over others when I create marketing campaigns in the various niches.
I can test things that work in one niche market and apply them to another niche market.
I have the capacity for an almost unlimited learning ability which gives me an unfair advantage in the marketplace when learning various strategies for building blogs, promoting blogs, marketing blogs etc.
It’s kind of like how 15-20 years ago, before the UFC came onto the scene, most martial artists didn’t believe in something like “mixed martial arts”.
All they believed in was in practicing ONE set of skills and mastering them.
For example, certain striking arts just practiced striking and they said that to be an effective martial artist you have to master that.
Other grappling martial arts said that all you need is grappling.
Other kicking martial arts said all you need is kicking.
Other throwing martial arts said all you need is throwing, etc.
Then the UFC came onto the scene and as fighters from all kinds of different martial arts entered the octagon, it became very clear that there is no such thing as one “best” martial art or style.
Every style that started to dominate in the octagon was dissected to discover it’s weaknesses and then those weaknesses were exploited until it was no longer effective.
It became very clear that the ONLY martial art that is effective is one which embraces EVERYTHING, not just one style – and the concept of “mixed martial arts” became popular.
Of course this is not a new concept either. If you study the origins of true martial arts, you’ll see that true martial arts were always all-inclusive, and not just focused on one set of “techniques”.
For me, I see Blogging and Internet Marketing in a similar way to the UFC.
As a scanner / polymath personality you can have tremendous advantages if you embrace a career as a Blogger / Internet Marketer.
Your ability to learn quickly will be a huge asset.
Your ability to learn many different things and then combine them in unique ways will be a huge asset.
Your ability to understand many different perspectives will be a huge asset.
Your ability to absorb large amounts of information and data and organize it mentally in your mind without feeling overwhelmed will be a huge asset.
You’ll have many advantages as a scanner / polymath Blogger / Internet Marketer.
You’ll just need to focus on two things…
#1 – Embrace your Polymath / Scanner self. Watch the video above which will dive into that in more detail.
#2 – Focus on following a proven system for building an effective, money making blog like this system you’ll find by clicking here.
That’s pretty much it.
You just need to focus on your strengths and to plug into a proven system.
Don’t try to re-invent the wheel or to try to figure everything out by yourself.
Plug into a proven system and I assure you there will be a LOT to learn so you don’t have to worry about getting bored easily.
Is making money online as a Blogger / Internet Marketer the only way to make money as a Polymath / Scanner?
No. I’m sure there are other ways, but for me the many benefits of working from home and being a Blogger / Internet marketer make it he perfect no-brainer choice.
If you haven’t yet considered this as a way of making money, check out these videos here to learn more how ordinary people like you and I are making 6 and 7 figure incomes by Blogging about their various passions!