MODULE #10 Finding Your Passion Brandon Liu Harvard University 2014 Betsy Tsai UC Los Angeles 2014
IntroductionT h e p u r p o s e o f t h i s m o d u l e i s a c t u al l y n o t t o h a v e y o u r e a d t h e s e s l i d e s a n dwa l k a wa y wi t h a c l e a r v i s i on o f wh a t yo u s i n c e r e l y l o v e t o d o , b u t r a t h e ra t t a i n a n i n t r o d u c t o r y u n d e r s t a n d i n g t h a t p a s s i o n , l i k e s uc c es s a n d s e l f -f u l f i l l m e n t i s o n e o f t h o s e i m m e a s u r a b l e t h i n g s t h a t y o u m u s t g i v e yo u r o wnface to.P a s s i o n i s s om e t h i n g t h a t yo u r o wn m i n d c o n c ep t u a l i z e s , s o i t ’ s e x p e c t e dt h a t a s y o u r m i n d d e v el o ps a s a r e s u l t o f t i m e a n d e x p e r i e n c e , s o wi l l yo u rc o n c e p ti o ns of yo u r g o a l s , yo u r p a s s i o n , a n d d r i v e . Be c a u s e “ p a s s i o n ” h ass u c h a fl ui d c o n n o t a t i o n , i t’ d b e m o r e a p p r o p r i a t e t h a t we t i t l e t h i s m o d u l e ,D e v e l o p i n g Yo u r P a s s i o n . Best, Brandon & Betsy
PASSION COMES NATURALLY “Happiness is not a goal, it is a by -product ” –Eleanor Roosevelt Similarly, passion is not something that you actively seek. It is something that will eventually come. And when it does, it creeps on you slowly and naturally, so that you won ’t even notice that it happened!
Developing your passion is a lifelong process. You should not be expected to find your passion in high school Most people do not find their passion by college graduation There is still so much in this world that you have yet to experience!
Developing your passion is a lifelong process. What does that mean for me? What can I do now? If youre thinking about college, dont feel as if college selection is a burdensome choice that will seal your future. Think about schools as environments. Dont think of Johns Hopkins as exclusively as a pre-medical school, or of Univ. of the Pacific as a pharmacy school. The truth is, theyre not. People simply don ’t “find” their passion in high school. That "passionate" work ethic youre looking for takes time to develop. Focus on how you can best show your strengths.
“Passion” in high school Do what you love, and don ’t worry about finding a passion or turning any of your activities into a life -long passion. No one in high school actually knows what it means to be passionate about something, so don ’t listen if someone pressures you to find your passion! The extreme few who are mature beyond their years may have developed a passion, but they will understand that a passion cannot be forced and that it takes a long time and great maturity. Focus on what you love. Just do what you love. Forget about “passion” Or, if you’re not sure what you love, try different things with an open mind and open heart. You ’ll find what you love with time.
Perspectives Brandon "I would estimate that over 95% of people Ive met in college still have not yet found their passion. Its the common struggle shared by everyone here at school. Nobody knows what they wants to do yet -- but thats exactly what college is for!" Betsy "In high school, my own passion and sincere drive were incredibly important to me to the point where Id constantly ensure that I wanted to do the things I didfor emotional and intellectual development. However, I do think that because of that, I turned a blind eye to other activities and college options because more often than not I didnt give things the benefit of the doubt.“ Jessica E. “You will be most successful doing the things you love.”
Don’t have an idea of what passion orhappiness looks like. Don’t be locked into what you already know or are already good at, or what your community, or peers influences you to think This includes what you do and how you think. Passion comes in varying degrees and in different forms. You wont necessarily embody “passion” in the same form or magnitude as someone else. That also doesnt make you any less of a person. The only thing that could make you any less of a person is a bad attitude. Futility of Competition: Trying to be better than someone else at something you don’t like might cause interpersonal and intrapersonal pressures.
Perspectives Brandon “I’m continually surprised by all the things I learn as I’ve grown in college. Ialways surprise myself by the way that I continually change in the way I think, the things I enjoy, and the way I view the world. Always be open to what the future has in store – you’ll never know what’s going to happen!" Betsy "Think about soulmates. How do you know for sure what your soulmate looks like? If you are so bent on finding what you think fits you, you might walk right by opportunities that will challenge you and shape you into a passionate individual.”
Case Study | Annie W.Story:Annie was admitted to NYUs Tisch School of the Arts as a Film Productionmajor, and while she had a ball producing and screenwriting, she also foundher other classes intellectually compelling. After graduating, she worked as aproducer for CNN.I met her as a Fulbright scholar in Israel, making documentaries about "youthvillages" and refugees and learned how she eventually found that she soughtto be do things in which she would be “contributing” more to the world. Theonly way she could discover that was to be patient through the years.She plans to attend Columbia University as a graduate student in journalismand international relations. Betsy "Annie inspires me because while she did ultimately pursue film, her first love, she allowed her open mind to see, understand, and live the narratives she saw around her, probably in places she never anticipated as a college student, and her life represents a remarkable synthesis of her past ambitions and her sympathetic, sincere responses to the world around her."
Case Study | Rachael RayStory:Rachael Ray is known primarily for her television presence and influenceAmericas food & lifestyle culture. Her bubbly talent and ambition has resultedin her hosting 3+ shows of her own, as well as the publication of her ownlifestyle magazine, and the Yum-O! charity foundation.However, although she launched her career by being discovered whileconducting classes at a gourmet market, she had dreams of a career inwriting and journalism, first.What we can learn from her life is that what worked out for her did notnecessarily entail what she thought her calling was. We cant know for surewhere her "true" passions lie, maybe theyve changed over the course of herlife. (Its likely.) Betsy "I once told my mom: hey, if this film thing doesnt work out, at least I can be the next Rachael Ray."
In Closing…Your career might not fully embody your passions, but you can still live a happy, fulfilling life. Dont lie to yourself. You may have to “talk yourself up ” in the future as far as networking and job -searching goes, but dont talk yourself up to yourself . Passion— if overrated and idealized, can be very hard to attain. Show self-respect.The brevity of this module can attest to how personal yoursense and practice of passion is to you, and how much you should be a part of the decisions you make, and not us. Be the best you can be, not simply the best. Since when did “best” = “genuine?”
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