Find your passion.

We are lucky enough to live in a time where we no longer need to just ‘get a job’ and show up each day to work in a factory, eat our lunch, go home and start the process all over again.

No. Not us. We are likely to be the first generation to quite literally have the world at our fingertips. I heard an interesting fact (or seemingly factual statement made by someone who seemed rather convincing) that most middle-class westerners live better than some Kings did a good couple of years ago. This is beside the point but just let that little nugget sink in for a minute.

The problem with finding your passion.

As a “millennial” I have been told that it is really important to find my purpose, my passion, my calling in life. I have been told that there is an ‘oceanic’ universe-halting moment that I will experience when I find that one thing I was destined to do with my life.  Now, if you are like me, there was not one person who took the time to sit me down and tell me these ‘truths’. Instead, it is something that I have picked up in the most subtle way through (mainly) digital media; things like advertising, movies, magazine ads, and even story books.

Social Media? Well now. Social media is in a class of its own. We have gotten so used to constantly being distracted that each moment we have, where we are not doing something, we return like moths to a flame to the blue glow of our smartphones. We fill ourselves with others stories, others that are all doing so ‘well’, but I digress.

Truth be told, I think I have bought into this “finding your passion” thing for most of my life. Until one day, I realized that this searching for my place in the universe actually had the opposite effect on me and that was a sort of overwhelmed procrastination. I would often find myself, over-thinking ideas, turning away opportunities that I tried for some time but just wasn’t “feeling it” and overall just having a feeling of uncertainty and overwhelmingness that would just leave me, stalling. Doing nothing. Not trying or trying to little.

I should have put a disclaimer out earlier but these ideas are my own and I do not mean to put down any self-improvement endeavors or dreamers out there who want to aspire to do great things.

This blog post is more of an “Ah-Ha” moment for me, where I discovered that in order to actually find my passion is to stop searching for it. By doing so, the pressure of finding this mythical experience becomes much, much less and it allows me to take action and try things. Stick opportunities out a bit longer and put some effort in, even when I am not “feeling it”.

Maybe you are like me, maybe not. Whether you have all your ducks in a row or are still figuring things out. I want to encourage you to just do something. If we continue to do, we will continue to progress, when we progress in something, we get better in that area and enjoy it more. I am paraphrasing here, but these are some (similar) words from Mark Cuban.

So here is to us. Let us take action and do things and by doing, find things that make us happy. Love the journey, not the destination.

 

Live for the now.

Below is a blog post from a friend of mine – Dwain Maralack. 

I previously heard about this Mexican fisherman parable from Simon Sinek, whilst watching one of his YouTube Videos.

This parable resonates with me deeply. It takes very little effort to get swept up in this, always living for the future and never living (truly) for the now.

Does this mean, we should not save for a rainy day, keep learning, work hard and strive for a better life for us and our families? Absolutely not. There is no “honor” in laziness and carelessness but, as soon as we start missing the “now” and we get stressed up, “too busy” for everyday important things like spending time with our family, something needs to change #perspective

Read the Story here – https://dwain.blog/2018/03/14/is-enough-enough/

 

When is enough enough? How long are we delaying our lives as we struggle for someone else’s picture of perfection? How many more years should we put into building a fortune, for our old age? We all need to read the story below na make up our one minds. The Mexican Fisherman and the Investment…

via Is enough, enough? — Dwain Maralack

2017 a Winner of a Year!

Before January comes to an end. I wanted to write a short blog post of why 2017 was one of the best years of my life.

Here is a list of things I did in 2017 (worth mentioning):

  • Finally. Made Progress with my GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Climbed Table Mountain
  • Bought my first MackBook Pro
  • Travelled to a new continent (Australia)
  • Travelled the Garden Route
  • Took up Mountain Biking
  • Completed a grueling (at least for me) 45km MTB Race.
  • Landed a dream remote job.
  • Attended 2x WordCamps
  • Involved in organising 2x WordCamps
  • Did a WordCamp Talk
  • Launched a WordPress Plugin
  • Got 5 new WordPress.org badges.
  • Launched my new website
  • Got into a morning routine
  • Regular Gym
  • Walked the Tsitsikama Bridge
  • Sang in front of 450 people
  • Played music in a band in front of a live audience
  • Got involved where it mattered
  • Made new friends
  • Hung out more with my family
  • Climbed the tallest building in town to put up a WiFi tower.
  • Saw a Koala Bear
  • Touched a Kangaroo
  • Saw the Sydney Opera House
  • Got a Dribbble invite
  • Extensive South African Travels.

What I learned in 2017

  • I love entrepreneurship.
  • Helping people and others heal you. It takes you out of your own problems and once you are out of them. You see how small they actually are.
  • Do things for people around you.
  • Anxiety is a totally false perceived reality
  • You can do WAY more than when you think you can. When you think you’re done, you are only 40% in.
  •  Video Editing, Sound Recording and Tutorial making
  • It doesn’t matter what you feel. It matters what you decide.
  • Ideas are cheap. Execution is everything.
  • Norwegian (in Progress).
  • You can be SO BUSY with all the wrong, insignificant things. Do things that help you get to your goals as quickly and effectively as possible.

Looking forward to 2018

Achievement Unlocked — Become a Real Designer

I have officially been “drafted” to become a player in the dribbble.com community. Don’t feel bad if you have no idea what I just said, here let me explain:

Dribbble is an online community and social media network for designers. Anyone is free to visit and browse different designers and their work on on the platform BUT, in order for designers to actually get a chance to share or upload their work, they will need to get invited(drafted) by a previously invited and active designer(player).

Invitations are very limited and many designers try for years, sometimes resorting to begging for an invite from a Player. Because each player only gets a limited amount of invitations, they will only draft players whom they believe, really deserve to be in this elite designer ‘club’.

It has been somewhat of a dream/goal/bucket list item of mine to one day get a chance to share my work on Dribbble.com. In some ways, this seems like the “I have arrived” for many designers.

Earlier this year, I met a really great guy, Daine Mawer (we did a panel talk together at WordCamp JHB 2017), who I later found to be “Player” in the Dribbble community. Naturally, I got in touch with Daine and we started chatting. I asked him for more information on becoming a ‘Player’ followed by a bit of a:

“So, do you have any invites that you’re willing to part with #TongueInCheek”.

Daine, politely said he would check if he did and that if he did have any, it was sure to be mine (yay)!

Minutes after our Slack conversation, something dawned on me. You only get one shot(pun intended) at being drafted.

Sure, it would be great if my new friend drafted me into this club, I would be in and I could add the cool little basketball social media icon to all of my other social media accounts and website.

But, I wouldn’t have earned it.

I never wrote back to Daine, but I decided then and there that if I was sent an invite, I would have just deleted it. I wanted to earn it.

To prove myself. To myself.

Imposter Syndrome is a real thing

Being a self-taught designer is a great achievement in itself. However, for many (including myself), there is a little voice in the back of your head often reminding you that you, might not be a “real” designer. You didn’t formally learn how to illustrate or conceptualize and most certainly didn’t learn about the Golden Ration when working with your designs. Imposter Syndrome is also not limited to designers (self-taught or otherwise).

I am not saying that every designer needs to prove themselves. As much as I like the title of this post, getting drafted by a player to join Dribbble does not make you a “real” designer. It was truly amazing to get this invitation and I am deeply thankful to Singaraja Design for selecting my portfolio out of all the applicants that he saw but, it is important to know or learn to know that —

You are enough.

You are unique and you bring something to the playing field that no one else can. No matter your experience, knowledge or design capabilities.

You and I will never be good at every single thing we do. We will make mistakes and hopefully, learn from them. We will improve. We will fail again. We will get better.

I am still the same person I was before I hit that Pink “Accept Invitation” button that was waiting for me in my inbox. I still have to overcome the obstacles that I faced before I accepted the invitation. I already had to remind myself that I am enough and that I will never “Make It” or feel like “I have arrived”.

Life is a Journey and I plan to keep “leveling up”.

Here’s to you out there, the one reading this that feels inadequate, lost and overwhelmed.

You are enough.

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