Renaissance Soul

Two of my favorite books on life development are The Renaissance Soul by Margaret Lobenstine and Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher. There are certain people in this world who have minds drawn to a variety of passions, but the trouble comes when they have to balance them. I can definitely relate, and these books can help others with multiple creative drives pursue them all while staying sane and productive.

Some well-known Renaissance Souls: Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Maya Angelou.

Here are some resources on passion-balancing for “Renaissance Souls” or “scanners”:


Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well. Ecclesiastes 11:6

“Renaissance Souls love nothing better than to take on a new problem or situation and then dig into…until we master the challenge we’ve set for ourselves. And then, with fresh enthusiasm, we move on to another passion. We are lucky people who, if left to our own devices, are never bored for long.” – Margaret Lobenstine

Maya Angelou: …I thought, “Just suppose I could choreograph a ballet.” And I did it. Suppose I could teach dance at the theater in Cleveland. And I did it. Suppose I could sing for a living—that I could stop these two jobs as a waitress and a salesperson.

Oprah Winfrey: Had you thought about doing that before but didn’t have the courage?

Maya Angelou: It had never occurred to me. I’m going to die. So why can’t I do everything? And what is this idea that I worked all day yesterday, so I’m tired today? I’ve never believed that.

From O Magazine Interview with Maya Angelou



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