Episode #46: What Do You Want to Achieve This Semester?

September 6, 2016
  • So primed to be back for this semester!
  • Goal achieved (Ace Your Online Class released on Thinkific, link below)
  • $70 donated to Jed Foundation/Active Minds
  • Recap of my summer
Quick tip
Cite This For Me – great website, even better as a Chrome extension!
Topic of the day from r/college
Will be returning this semester, but not until next week. Stay tuned!
Today’s Topic: Passion for Curiosity
Review of PVLAS (Passion, Value, Leverage, Accountability, Sustainability
I’ve done some thinking this summer about passion. I’ve also watched some Cal Newport videos – He is known to many as being “anti-passion”
He says that “Follow Your Passion” assumes:
  • You already have some predefined passion
  • Matching what you like to a potential job that does it will always lead to long-term satisfaction
Cal Newport’s advice: Build a unique skill and leverage it into something you do end up loving.
The most interesting book I read this summer was “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat Pray Love fame). Her book helped me reconcile why I still favor passion, but with a twist now.
A quote from Elizabeth Gilbert’s blog:
“I am a big advocate for the pursuit of curiosity. You’ve maybe heard me talk about this before? We are constantly being told to pursue our passions in life, but there are times when passion is a TALL ORDER, and really hard to reach. In seasons of confusion, of loss, of boredom, of insecurity, of distraction, the idea of “passion” can feel completely inaccessible and impossible. In such times, you are lucky to be able to get your laundry done (that sometimes feels as high as you can aim) and when someone tells you to follow your passion, you want to give them the middle finger. (Go ahead and do it, by the way. But wait till their back is turned, out of civility.)
But curiosity, I have found, is always within reach.
Passion is a tower of flame, but curiosity is a tiny tap on the shoulder — a little whisper in the ear that says, “Hey, that’s kind of interesting…”
Passion is rare; curiosity is everyday.
Curiosity is therefore a lot easier to reach at at times than full-on passion — and the stakes are lower, easier to manage.
The trick is to just follow your small moments of curiosity. It doesn’t take a massive effort. Just turn your head an inch. Pause for a instant. Respond to what has caught your attention. Look into it a bit. Is there something there for you? A piece of information?
For me, a lifetime devoted to creativity is nothing but a scavenger hunt — where each successive clue is another tiny little hit of curiosity. Pick each one up, unfold it, see where it leads you next.
Small steps.
Keep doing that, and I promise you: The curiosity will eventually lead you to the passion.”
Home Exercise
  • Write down your goal for this semester
  • Should be something you can achieve in 3 months
  • It can be big or small, it just has to be something you really, really want
  • My goal for this semester
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