Find Your Passion in Three (not so) Easy Steps

It always surprises me when I ask students what they are passionate about and I receive a blank stare. Instead of enthusisam, I receive a stare filled with confusion and conflict. In a split second the student experiences an existential crisis of sorts. “Passionate? Interests? What do you mean, Dr. Marcello?”

Knowing what you are passionate about is not very common. Maybe because there is no right answer. Maybe because no one ever asked. Perhaps because we haven’t the courage to ask ourselves and really listen to the answers. Identifying what makes you come alive isn’t something many people do. It isn’t a luxury to ask yourself the questions. I think it is a necessity. 

As an educator, I want my students leaving my classroom with a better understanding of those things which bring them joy and happiness. Those activities which make their spirits come alive. 

The world needs more people who are passionate about what they do each and every day. People who are dedicated to creating a full life for themselves. Because when we are fulfilled and happy we positively influence everyone around us.

What this looks like will vary considerably from person to person. 

Finding your passion means taking responsibility for your life. There are many people who have no desire to do take on this challenge.  But, if you are tired of being tired with life, begin by asking yourself three really important questions:

1) What do I want my life to look like?

2) What contributions can I make?

3) If I only had five years to live, what would I want to do everyday?

Time is an illusion. We do not know how long we’ve got. Life is short. Don’t let it pass you by without activity being involved.

Over the years, I’ve noticed some students resent the prodding, the questions. Who cares, they think. I just want a grade. I just want a paycheck. Tell me what to do. Tell me how to do it. I don’t have the time or energy to think about it.

I have discovered in order to identify what I truly love, I needed to spend time alone and with other people. I need to reflect but I also need to share. Becoming quiet and reflecting is more important now than ever before because of the incessant hum of technology.

Equally, sharing with others brings forth new ideas, new dreams, and new possibilities. 

Start today by asking the important questions and listen to your heart

When do you come alive?

When are you excited with possibility?

The answers just might provide you a glimpse into what your life can be. A tiny glimpse into the kind of life you can create. And believe me, you can create it. I know because I did. Anything is possible.

You just have to BELIEVE.

Remember: the smallest step in the right direction just might change your life.

Podcasting in 12 Steps

Podcasting in 12 Steps

Podcasting is an exciting tool of communication. However, like any new toy we get distracted by the shine. I’m here to provide a little perspective about podcasting for the beginner. If you are a student taking a class where you will learn podcasting or if you are an instructor teaching podcasting for the first time, there are a few things you should know BEFORE you begin. 

1. Identify a topic you are passionate about. 

Simple, right? Ummm. No. This is not as easy as it sounds. In order to identify a topic you are passionate about, you need to figure out what you deeply enjoy. Suprisingly students struggled with identifying their interests. I don’t think my students are unusual. 

What to do? Encourage students to share. Provide examples. Students identified topics including: the impact of cyberbullying, challenges in raising hens, what it is really like to live at the Jersey shore, and sports. In the end, most students identified topics deeply important to them. It took more time than anticipated. Time well spent resulted in engaging content. 

2. Listen to podcasts related to your area of interest

While I assumed students listened to podcasts on a regular basis, they do not. In fact, we had to discuss how to find podcasts, platforms for listening to podcasts, and different genres. If you aren’t already following podcasts, start doing this immediately. The more you listen the better your own content.

3. Evaluate podcasts

Using your knowledge about radio and television coupled with your knowledge of superior oral presentations, identify what works and what doesn’t in a variety of podcasts. Discuss why the techniques engage or alienate listeners. Use principles of public speaking as a starting point. Identify organizational themes, use of repetition, introduction (setting the tone), conclusions (wrap up). Just name a few.

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