Meet Maria Pellicano. We met through a mutual connection right here on LinkedIn. Right away I could tell that Maria was a hyphenated-individual, balancing the demands of an artistic career with her entrepreneurial activities.
On her motivations for having many careers
Variety & expression.
Advice to aspiring multi-careerists
Make sure your personality can handle it
On overcoming obstacles
Some of the setbacks that I’ve had in my business involve time management and [managing] priorities.
For example: Missing emails or responding to emails at the right time. I sometimes think are spam. I now employ an assistant who is helping me. Another one is promoting my courses and my work to save me time.
On how multiple careers are beneficial
They all tie together and support each other.
They help to create customers for each business.
All my professions empower me to become more powerful at each profession.
On personal time
I am super organized. I’m always ahead of the game, and I keep things very tidy and make sure that my personal matters are taken care of.
I prioritize my family first but I simplify things and don’t do any tasks that are unnecessary.
I also delegate and have help to get things done.
On what she wishes she had learned earlier
I should have hired an assistant earlier in life. I could have delegated some tasks even earlier.
On what to read
Keep reading books that stretch your career and keep you inspired.
Listen to podcasts and anything that creates deep meaning.
I’m interested in contemplation and spirituality because that fuels the meaning of my work.
I also love poetry.
I recommend podcasts and audiobooks because you can do those as you’re traveling and moving around your house doing house cleaning.
On the stigma of having many careers
I think sometimes people think that having too many careers means you’re scattered. But your individual careers are just different doors to the same house.
On what to share with others
I put all my career paths in my bio.
It makes my bio much more interesting to people and that is why I get asked to coach because people see that I do lots of different things.
Where to find Maria
Kabir Sehgal is a Multi Grammy & Latin Grammy Award winner, as well as New York Times bestselling author.