Getting Involved with your Passions

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Getting Involved with your Passions

  1. 1. How To Get Involved With Your Passions by Tiara Shafiq http://educatedeviate.wordpress.com
  2. 2. Why Get Involved? <ul><li>Passion = what drives you </li></ul><ul><li>Life is made so much richer by passion </li></ul><ul><li>Without passion – no point being entrepreneurial; feel empty and discontent </li></ul><ul><li>Makes your life more fulfilling, leads to happiness </li></ul><ul><li>Isn't always easy, but there are many options </li></ul>
  3. 3. Follow Every Lead <ul><li>Look for opportunities and events everywhere you go </li></ul><ul><li>Internet – Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Myspace; follow trail of links </li></ul><ul><li>Print – books, magazines, free press </li></ul><ul><li>Promo material – flyers, postcards, posters </li></ul><ul><li>Be observant, they're everywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Allow for serendipity </li></ul><ul><li>Try not to get “information paralysis” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Put Yourself Out There <ul><li>Make yourself noticed – no shame in blowing your own horn! </li></ul><ul><li>Get namecards/business cards, attend networking sessions, bring them everywhere and give them to interesting people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FOLLOWUP!!! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online writing - blogging, columns (ChangeThis Manifestos)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Zines – independent self-published magazines, about anything (though often personal, music, or political)‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visible Ink has plenty </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Media – Letters to the Editor, respond to interview requests, community media </li></ul><ul><li>Awards – participate in whatever you are even slightly eligible for – you never know!! </li></ul>
  5. 5. If It's Real – Go For It (or start it!)‏ <ul><li>Check opportunities for legitimacy beforehand </li></ul><ul><li>Check reputation – online, databases, links, word of mouth – be careful! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This gets even more important when money is involved – is the fee justified? Do you know where your money is going to? Instalments? Refunds? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Once they're legit – apply! Even if you're only vaguely eligible. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You'll never know if you don't try </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People are quite flexible; other opps can be accommodated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If it doesn't exist – start it! That's why you're an entrepreneur ;)‏ </li></ul>
  6. 6. Scanners <ul><li>Barbara Sher – people who have many interests and can't seem to decide amongst them; work best multi-tasking </li></ul><ul><li>There is NO NEED to choose just one! </li></ul><ul><li>Time management is key – set aside time to pursue your different interests </li></ul><ul><li>Some interests may be superficial, others deep passions </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a journal of your ideas, interests, passions </li></ul><ul><li>Read her books for more info :P </li></ul>
  7. 7. Take Care of Yourself <ul><li>Big danger – neglecting yourself in pursuit of passion </li></ul><ul><li>Relax – meditation, breaks, time to yourself – recharge and rest </li></ul><ul><li>If you feel like crashing – seek help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Befrienders: jo@samaritans.org or lifelinksam@intas.net.au </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lifeline: 13 11 14 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doctor, psychologist – GET HELP </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Basic needs – food, shelter, water, health, protection, sleep, love </li></ul><ul><li>Nutritious diet, enough sleep, water, healthy relationships, maintain surroundings </li></ul><ul><li>If you can't take care of yourself, you have nothing to offer to others </li></ul>
  8. 8. Appreciate Other People & Passions <ul><li>Common frustration: people aren't passionate enough </li></ul><ul><li>However – people display passions differently </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Passion in games, hobbies, simple things... </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Subtly express passion (e.g. 9-5 working father)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Ultimate importance: respect other people's passions and try to learn from them </li></ul><ul><li>You may not even get along with people who share your passion </li></ul><ul><li>Passion is about CONNECTION </li></ul>
  9. 9. Ask! <ul><li>Use your contacts (everyone you know) for people that sound interesting and are relevant to your passions </li></ul><ul><li>Do research on people in your passion </li></ul><ul><li>Found someone who sounds interesting? Contact them! </li></ul><ul><li>Be polite, but don't be scared to ask for permission from an external source </li></ul><ul><li>Be patient! </li></ul><ul><li>If opportunities aren't made explicit, ask anyway – you may get lucky </li></ul>
  10. 10. Informational Interviews <ul><li>Informational interview: Interviewing someone to learn about something </li></ul><ul><li>Contact, introduce yourself briefly (soundbite)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Request informational interview to learn about person/job/etc </li></ul><ul><li>Work out suitable time and date – be flexible! </li></ul><ul><li>Arrive promptly; offer to pay for drinks/meals </li></ul><ul><li>Keep on time </li></ul><ul><li>Don't try to get them to give you a job/offer, but if they offer you something do consider it </li></ul><ul><li>If it's important (especially if binding) – GET IN WRITING!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Send thank-you afterwards, keep in contact, refer people </li></ul>
  11. 11. Is It About The Passion – Or Is It About You? <ul><li>Think about why you're passionate </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. Being a rockstar – to make music? To be famous? To be free to express yourself? To buck authority? </li></ul><ul><li>No wrong reason for any passion, but helps to find the root – helps determine next step </li></ul><ul><li>Try not to get up in “cult of personality” - making things more about you than your passion </li></ul><ul><li>Normal for passions to change – you are top priority </li></ul>
  12. 12. Expect The Unexpected <ul><li>No real way of knowing which road will lead you to greater passions </li></ul><ul><li>Anything can happen – that's why it's important to try all sorts of options </li></ul><ul><li>Do your research </li></ul><ul><li>Relax; at some point we just have to let go and hope for the best </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your options open – blessing in disguise </li></ul><ul><li>If you feel like giving up, take a breather – then continue </li></ul>
  13. 13. Resources <ul><li>Pursue The Passion: http://www.pursuethepassion.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Roadtrip Nation: http://www.roadtripnation.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron </li></ul><ul><li>Barbara Sher – Refuse To Choose , Wishcraft , I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was </li></ul>
  14. 14. Good Luck! :D

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