I’ve recently been focusing a lot on my own professional development; not only to improve my proficiency in the workplace, but so I can build a stronger, well, ME. So I can continue living my best life. So I can figure out what it is that I MUST do and how to be best at it.
I care strongly enough about the importance of understanding what you’re truly passionate about and living that passion in your day-to-day life that I needed to interrupt my normal running talk. (Forgive me!) Although, I feel like the word “passion” has recently become cliche. Insincere, overused, and mawkish, even. Nevertheless, the meaning remains the same. To me, “passion” is a positively overwhelming, unwavering desire to do something you love.
The question is…how can you make that passion your JOB?
I was just watching this video of a TED talk given by Scott Dinsmore about finding work you love. I know this is something that a lot of people struggle with; myself included. I found this video particularly inspiring.
I know it’s long but I recommend listening to the entire video. (I listened while I got ready to go out to dinner!) If you just want a recap, here are a few of my favorite points:
Believe in yourself. Dismiss those with an aggressively negative attitude. “You don’t need to change your goals, you just need to change your surroundings.”
Surround yourself with people who inspire possibility. “When ordinary people are doing the extraordinary, and when you can be around that…it becomes normal. It’s not about being Ghandi or Steve Jobs or doing something crazy, its just about doing something that matters to you and makes an impact that only you can make.”
Discard the word “impossible”. “Everything was impossible until somebody did it.” Don’t hang around with people who tell you it can’t be done or that you’re stupid for trying.
As I listened to Scott’s speech, I found myself thinking about the quote below (click image for link to original article). Not only should you surround yourself with inspiring people, but we should all work to inspire those around us.
Semi-unrelated, but I also came across the phenomenal speech below, given by Susan Cain. (I’m reading her book, “Quiet” right now. At the risk of sounding overdramatic…it’s life-changing for an introvert like me.) Even if you identify yourself as more of an extrovert, she makes some amazingly fascinating points that I think are important to consider, especially if you’re in any sort of leadership position at your job. I think her insight is extremely helpful in fostering an understanding environment that supports all personality types…not just in the workplace, but within our personal lives as well.
And now, I’ll leave you with a thought-provoking question Scott asked in his speech:
“What is the work you can’t not do?”
Think about it. I came up with a surprisingly simple answer that I never really thought too much about before. Maybe you will too.
Looking for more articles and videos on professional development? Here are a few of my favorite websites. I’m particularly addicted to these sites because of their more forward-thinking and innovative posts: