The second thing was that as part of this course I had to schedule three “out of my comfort zone” activities. Yesterday I did one of these. And that was go for a run. I really didn’t want to do it. I felt like an idiot. I think it was the first time since high school I had ran simply for running’s sake.
Onto today. Day nine of the course “21 Days to Discover Your Passion”. Today is entitled “Enlisting the Help of Others”
Groan for two reasons. First, I have already done this exercise. Some months ago, which following the Live Your Legend website. It’s not like yesterday’s exercise which was an amalgamation of a few exercises. It is precisely the same exercise.
Second, the LYL program has suggested that I read other books and websites, and they to have suggested to writing to friends for various reasons as well. I’m running out of willing friends.
The exercise today is to write to five friends with four questions. The four questions are:
- What do you think I am most passionate about? Why? If you can think of two or three of my biggest passions, that would be great!
- What do you think are my biggest natural strengths and talents? Please explain.
- Given the above and what you know about me, what have you always thought I’d be great at doing as a career? Or maybe as a volunteer or hobby? Please explain.
- And here’s the big one… Assuming you didn’t know me personally, what talent, skill or passion would you happily pay me to teach or help you with? Why?
The theory is that the opinions of other will he help me find out what I want to do. So here is a summary of the answers that I received.
What do you think I am most passionate about?
Technology, graphic design, creativity, accuracy, practicality, travelling, interacting with diverse people, friends, recording your own history (like blogging), science fiction, music, playing games, silly jokes
What do you think are my biggest natural strengths and talents?
Problem solving, creative + logical (a rare combination), enthusiasm, intelligence, logical rational understanding, kindness, sense of humour, adventurous (traveller not tourist), business sense, ability to attract followers
What have you always thought I’d be great at doing as a career?
Researcher, writer, accountant (attention to detail, accuracy, honesty), architect, project manager, graphic design and computers (because that’s what you all ready do and it fits), advertising (but you’re not narcissistic enough), something relatively autonomous, something with freedom of movement, ethical job, something to do with technology / digital, a magazine about technology / digital, something about pop culture.
What talent, skill or passion would you happily pay me to teach or help you with?
You’re the kind of guy I’d want on my team, probably running it, if I were doing a start-up project or business. You got the X factor that will inspire, keeps things fresh and see a way around obstacles. I’d happily pay you as a Creative Controller, not just a controller of creatives.
Teacher of software packages. It is difficult to find a person who can teach a person with a very low skill level.
Digital stuff. The tech part of a project or an awesome animation, or a website.
Hmm, I think my friends see me in a better light than I see myself.