21 days to… day five

Day five of the course “21 Days to Discover Your Passion”. Today is entitled “Creating Congruency and Inspiring Inspiration”

Today’s task took the form of a bulleted list.

Bullet one – What do I love to do?

  • Waste time on the internet
  • Travel
  • Meet people from around the world
  • Create graphics, whether formal or just hand doodles
  • Create web content (I have 5 websites, you’re reading one of them now)
  • Read, either science fiction or non-fiction
  • Watch informative videos, like TED
  • Go to the movies
  • Dance
  • Hang around with friends
  • Spend time alone
  • Have intellectual conversations
  • Have silly conversations
  • Talk, in general
  • Learn
  • Play games, like board games or table games

Bullet two – When do you feel inspired?

  • Reading
  • Watching informative videos, like TED
  • Going to a talk like TED, or London New Tech, or the Business Show
  • Seeing a great piece of design, whether it’s graphic, web, infomatic, industrial, architectural etc.
  • Talking with people with different experiences
  • Talking with friends
  • Travelling to new places
  • When I see (usually on the internet) acts of personal innovation or great kindness

Bullet three – What are the times when I have felt most alive

  • Travelling
  • Creating
  • Solving a problem
  • Exceeding someone’s expectations, whether it be at work or with a friend
  • Clubbing
  • When I ran my own business, a magazine called The Core

Bullet four – Who inspires me? Why?

Hans Rosling – because he uses his infographic and his enthusiastic presentation technique to convey information

Steve Jobs – cliched I know, but for being unwavering in his vision

William Kamkwamba – a young African guy who bought electricity to his village, by learning about wind powered electricity generation all by himself

Anita Sarkesian – for continuing to do her work despite being one of the most trolled people in the history of the internet.

Bullet five – the times where I was inspired to take some kind of action

Starting the magazine The Core. I saw that there was an emerging scene of dance music clubs in my city and that the entertainment magazine at the time was taking the money for the advertising, but giving no coverage to these clubs. They needed a voice and so I stepped up and gave them one.

Resource manager at Luminous. Until last year I worked at Luminous for four years. Although there was never a position called “resource manager” it was the label given to me by one of my colleagues. As “resource manager” I took it upon myself to fix all sorts of problems, big and small, that exists around the office. This included general office organisation, big and small, like the labelling of drawer to the organisation of entire rooms so they were more efficient and logical. Although my colleagues certainly appreciated it, indeed many often said “I don’t know how we’d cope without you”, the management never acknowledged my contribution.

When I left Australia. I realised that I was completely comfortable in my life and that if I didn’t make a change I would be doing the same thing for the rest of my life. So I left it all behind.

Masters of Digital Media. I decided that my career needed a new direction so I returned to university to learn new skills.

Starting Live Your Legend. Thinking that I had never quite recaptured that spirit of “The Core” I decided to try to do something about it.

Bullet six – What are the things I am curious about learning more about?

The things I’ve always said “I would love to…” Another way to ask this is: Who I you envy?

Languages. I want to be able to speak other languages. Indeed I can have conversations in Spanish and Portuguese. But I’d like to know them fluently. I envy polyglots.

I envy people who are naturally good with people. Specifically, seemingly spontanteously organising a group. I have friends who do that like Lev or Manuel.

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