In her article Telling A Ben Franklin From A Mozart, A Swan From A Duck, Margaret Lobenstine describes how people of two distinct sorts develop their talents and interests.
“As the bell curve demonstrates, there’s a continuum between the Mozarts on one end, who have one lifelong passion, and the Franklins on the other, who have many disparate passions.
“Is one personality type any better than the other? Would we want a culture without either the Mozarts or the Ben Franklins? Of course not.
“And yet the Franklins of this world are written off as the lesser beings—as ‘dilettantes’ and ‘dabblers.’
“The Mozart types are defined as the norm, and those of us on the Ben Franklin side of the curve are not given the positive reinforcement and role models we need.”
She emphasizes it is definitely not a matter of only one type being “right” –
“My clients say to me, ‘But Margaret, I’m no Ben Franklin!’
“My response: Renaissance Souls don’t have to be brilliant at everything they do. After all, we don’t expect everyone on the Mozart side of the bell curve to be a child prodigy!”
Margaret Lobenstine is author of The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One.
Related article: Renaissance People Don’t Want to Choose Only One Career.