The last ten years of my life have been passion driven, and I must say that I am privileged to have found things I was passionate about at a young age. I was lucky enough to be exposed to many experiences to gauge what my possible passions were. However, not every kid out there is as fortunate as I was, and I am pretty sure the schooling curriculum does not include finding your passion. So, for the past few weeks I have been composing a presentation to take to schools and social groups to get kids thinking.
My goal is to get them to think about what they are good at, enjoy, and are interested in. Or to just be more conscience of what is happening around them so they can get some ideas on what they could be passionate about. I feel this is an important step to get kids motivated and confident again.
Included in my presentation is talk about how to make passions a realistic occupation, since I have so many great examples around me to pull from. I live with examples like my friend Tenika
, who is pursuing acting and modeling, but has her Bachelor of Arts in political science. When speaking to her about this project she reminded me that your passion almost has to be an obsession, where perseverance gets you though many set backs. With her, it is audition after audition, where getting turned down is a very common occurrence. Another amazing example is my parents and our family business
. They deal with a lot of crap, but they are passionate about retail. My Mom loves the social aspect and my Dad loves directing and taking care of everyone. At times he sounds like air traffic control, making it happen for the people around him. Lastly, I think of my own adventures and how the love of snowboarding makes me responsible and have initiative to work on my own on the mountain and off the mountain. We are all people who followed our calling.
Even though all our passions are different we all have one common trait…a great work ethic. This characteristic allows us to live our passions as a job, where we live to work and not work to live, and we are okay with this. It would be amazing if the next generation of workers lived like this too. More people would take pride in what they do, work quality would rise, and the ordinary person would live a much happier life.
I am excited about this project and having the opportunity to inspire others to follow and live their dreams, as I was inspired to do years ago. I have found great supporters like Sony of Canada, Iyashi Bedrock Spa
, Scott Goggles and iFound. And I can’t forget about my incredible parents and coach/partner Roberto Marfia. My supporters mixed with passion and work ethic is a recipe for success. And with a little help, I believe anyone can follow this recipe. I would love the chance to help a kid find their way and place in this world.
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