This blog is supposed to be about my journey, and not just nice data visualisations.
I started doing the Live Your Legend’s “30 days to Finding Your Passion & Starting to Do Work You Love” workshop (that just rolls off the tongue). And every day I’m supposed to update what I’ve done on this blog. I don’t think I will update this blog in that manner every day, but I will keep posting about it.
So I’m on day 3 (Or 2 days after workshop, as they call it). Day 1 I did weeks ago, because as with a lot of the resources that are available on Live Your Legend there is a lot of crossover. Day 1 was to watch a couple of videos, which I already did. In fact I think the TEDx talk by Scott Dinsmore is what got me interested in the Live Your Legend course in the first place.
Day 2 is sort of asking me “what’s stopping you?”, or more specifically “what are you scared of”. This doesn’t resonate with me. I’m not scared of taking the leap. I just don’t what the leap should be. That is why I’m doing this course. Not to overcome any sort of fear, but more to find direction.
The question should be why I haven’t done this before. The answer is laziness. I’ve always got by OK, and wasn’t bothered do that much more. And I had no fear that I would be stuck somewhere, because I have no problem with walking away from a bad situation and starting all over again if need be. Hence, my recent change in job.
Another question is why I must find the work I absolutely love. Again, due to my laziness, I’m not sure that there has been a must. I mean, I must do work that I don’t hate. I would love to do work that I love. But I must do work that I love. Again I have to find that motivation.
I always thought the motivation would just come along. I have had a job I was passionate about previously. In my early 20s I started my own business, a magazine, and I was passionate about it. I always thought that something like that would happen again. And I’m still hopeful. But I think instead of just waiting for it to come along I need to very consciously work at what that it. Hence this course.
Ultimately what would happen if I kept doing boring work. I’d probably go crazy. Or I’d leave and I’d be poor. Neither of these outcomes are optimal.
Day 3… I’m feeling that by reflecting what I write from the workshop into this blog, I’m just writing the same things twice. So “what does change mean to me?”
I’m not sure it would be a full career change, but a new direction is probably. I’ve been doing essentially site theme changes on the same job for over 20 years. I think that I should be aiming my efforts in a different directions, both specific and general. Specific in that I should chase more infovis stuff, but general as I’m capable of more than just corporate artwork, which has been my mainstay for so long. Do I want to start a business? Not necessarily. But that doesn’t mean no. If my niche doesn’t exist then maybe I need to create it.
Then there were some more videos to watch. Half of which I had seen before. They’re from TED, and I like TED, so I sought them out on my own.
But of the new one I watch today, things that I learnt…
“Fake it until you become it”. If you are nervous about being revealed (what you think of) as a fraud, then fake it. As long as you can convince those around you know what you’re doing, you’ll learn the real skills later. I think I picked this up from my father. “Always have a good line in BS”.
• “Be whole hearted. Be vunerable” In other words, commit yourself to whatever situation. Be there. And the only way to do that, to be whole hearted is (unfortunately) to be vunerable. To have a win (in any situation) you have to set yourself up for a fail.
• Your body language affects you, not just those around you. So adopt positive body language for your own sake.
• A genius (according to the ancient Romans) was a spirit that visited people, and not the person. Genius doesn’t come from you, it is loaned to you. So if you are trying to create and are not feeling particularly genius at the moment, or if you have a flash of genius in the wrong situation, don’t fret. Genius will come again.
Interestingly, this is also what I have just seen in a book that I am reading, “The Man Who Knew Infinity: Life of the Genius Ramanujan” by Robert Kanigel. It is about the Indian who bought the mathematical understanding of infinity to modern mathematics. But he thought that his genius came from the local Hindu god of his birthplace, the goddess Namagiri.
• The best kind of motivation, the one that has been consistently proved to work in the 21st Century, is Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose. The old school thought of carrot and stick, bonuses and benchmarking, is counterproductive. This has been proved hundreds of times, and yet carrot and stick is still used.