21 days to… day seventeen

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Today is day seventeen of the course “21 Days to Discover Your Passion”. Today is entitled “Identifying Your Passion and Creating Momentum”

In today’s lesson there is a phrase which I liked: analysis paralysis. I wonder if this is what I’ve got. I’ve got ideas. But none of them are screaming at me, so I’m waiting to find “the one”.

Today’s exercises:

List of things you think you might be passionate about (Day 5)

This is an accumulation of the various lists I wrote on Day 5:

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;  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; 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; 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.

Five things you know you rock at (Day 8)

Accumulating the answers from day 8:

Artworking; Creating stuff; Travelling; Coding interactives, like Actionscript (Flash) or Javascript (websites); Solving problems, coming up with solution to meet the end; Learning; Finding out knowledge. Data mining. General knowledge. Web development. Motion graphics. Graphic design.

Picking the best five:

Artworking; Coding; Learning; Travelling; Motion graphics.

Align first list with last list. Weed out things that don’t align.

Travel; Meet people from around the world; (Travelling)

Create graphics, whether formal or just hand doodles; Creating; (Artworking, Motion Graphics)

Create web content; (Coding)

Have intellectual conversations; Learn; Reading; Watching informative videos, like TED; Going to a talk like TED, or London New Tech, or the Business Show; Talking with people with different experiences; Talking with friends; (Learning)

Align these with my values

My values (day 6): Freedom, Intelligence, Learning/Growing, Fun, Exploration.

This leaves: travelling and learning.

Although it makes me wonder how “creation/creating/creativity” didn’t make it into the top five of my values. If include “creativity” as a value then I can add the rest: artworking, motion graphics, coding

Choose one to pursue (for now)

The point of this is to have one to focus on. I think this is assuming that I’ve never tried this. I have. I continually focus on all of these things. The next step is to write action points for these pursuits.

So to narrow it down to one is the task. I can already eliminate two. Artworking, as this is the career that I’m trying to move away from. Learning, because this is so vague. I don’t think I need help with this.

That leaves travelling, motion graphics, coding. I think I’ll eliminate coding as well. Leaving travelling and motion graphics. Both of which I have previously actively pursued.  So I think I will, at this stage, choose motion graphics.

Create seven tiny actionable step (each a 5 minute task)

I have already been doing stuff in this direction most days. But 5 steps.

  1. web search 5 places in London that do motion graphics
  2. LinkedIn search the same
  3. email 5 people I could help with motion graphics (I got this from the exercise. I think, ultimately, this would be a ton of work)
  4. make a list of great motionographers
  5. work on my own showreel (lots more than 5 mintues)
  6. learn a new motion graphics skill (lots more than 5 minutes)
  7. make another list (a fudge entry, but again, I took it from the exercise)

I will need to come back to this list, as I just wrote it in the way that I think it “should” be written, according to the exercise. I think in the future I’ll make it more appropriate to my situation. Also, these task are all going to take more than 5 minutes.

This needs to scheduled. I feel like I’ve not successfully completed several of the days of this course now. Specifically days 14 to 17.

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