I’m obsessed with TED right now. For those of you who don’t know , I’m not talking about the dude, although if your name is Ted and you’re reading this, I’m sure you’re cool too. So anyway TED is Technology +Entertainment+ Design , and basically they’re non-profit that’s dedicated to spreading ideas. No really that’s their tagline “idea’s worth spreading.”
I’m graduating and despite the fact that I’m looking for a better 9-5 , cubicles are not my friend. So I was on TED, and I clicked Happiness as a topic and I scroll through all these pictures of speakers and the headlines of their talks. So I’m totally judging a book by its cover , but nearly everyone who was speaking was wearing a suit; and that to me says they care too much about formalities, (Don’t judge me, the devil is in the details) which to me in regards to happiness doesn’t seem logical. So I keep scrolling until I see GARY VAY-NER-CHUK, dude’s in a jeans and a tee; ding ding ding we’ve got a winner.
Now if you’re sick of reading me , go youtube him @ Web 2.0 or better yet RailsConf 2010. Careful there’s profanity….just saying.
If you’re still reading (thanks); I beg you to check those out , because I really do think it will make you want to be a better person. Anyway I spent 90 mins that I had allocated for studying watching Gary speak. Firstly not to kiss his ass, but he is one of the most compelling speakers I’ve ever heard. I’ll admit I’m kind of a product of my generation add to that there’s the fact that society has been teaching me that every action should be a means to an end; and it’s amazing that I could retain his message and that I really respect him because of his ideas. And the dude isn’t even paying me.
Although to be honest, if given the opportunity I would totally work for him for free. Dude’s a genius, again I hate to make it sound like I’m idealizing him (that might be because he reminds me a lot of my big brother). Maybe you won’t like him , and I’m sure there are people smarter than him that I haven’t heard about. But fyi I’d totally love to learn about them too, so reply with that info if one person in particular pops in your head. Kay ? Thanks!
Back to the point though, I went through high school trying to do everything I could to get college admissions to notice me, and I’ve spent a good portion of college trying to get employers to notice me. And it’s NONSENSE, because the corporate environment is rubbish, and it’s not where I thrive. So I’m going to find a way to do things I love everyday, because Gary said that anyone who wants it bad enough, can make a living doing what they love and I trust Gary.
Another reason why Gary is freaking amazing is because he totally justified my savior complex by making me understand how I can use it to make money. That’s right you can be a good person, keep the values Mum and Pops taught you and still earn a living. Internal conflict, resolved !
If you know me, you probably know I care about people and if you’re a friend and something isn’t going your way, my first instinct is to rack my brain do everything I can to try to help you. I believe in Karma, and that making others happy will ultimately make you happy. That’s reflected on my CV as well I’ve done things like volunteering and event planning even the menial tasks I do now days are considered “customer service.” And the crazy thing is, I used to think that caring too much about real people that could be effected by my decisions, would be my ultimate down fall in business.
So okay the economy sucks, whatever! Work with what you have, right now business is personal !!! And in my opinion if you’re genuine, business just got a hell of a lot more interesting.
Sorry if this is super primitive, but I don’t really want to steal his thunder or give you the cliff notes, because my version won’t be half as good. So don’t be lazy go watch those videos or read his books.
Let’s bottom line it, myself like many of you want a lot out of life. But the big question is do you want it for the right reasons?
Here’s the thing, I much rather spend 3 hours a night sleeping , because my passion keeps me up at night. Rather than because I’m trying to find an excuse to get out of work, or because I feel so stifled by the BS bureaucracy of the corporation I work for.
So guess what? I’m done trying to figure out which one career path I want to get on. I’m going to do whatever I have to do to chase my passions and use those to make a life for myself. Or at least try to….cause you know I’m young and naive but hopefully not too easily manipulated.
PS- if you’re doing something that makes you genuinely happy, please tell me about it. I’d honestly really love to hear about it.
PPS- talking about ROI check out the Halfway Sky Project , also on TED and how others can seriously benefit from non-profits like the Heifer Project.