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THE JOURNEY BLOG

Brett Farmiloe and Zach Hubbell blog about careers, career interviews, and the entrepreneurial ups and downs of starting Pursue the Passion.

A really cool presentation about the book writing process

January 18, 2010 | by brett | Permalink

This is a presentation I did on the book writing process. Check it out:

Pursue the Passion Book: The Dedication

January 15, 2010 | by brett | Permalink

This is Post 2 of 15 to explain the Pursue the Passion book, by Brett Farmiloe. You can preorder the book off of Amazon here.

This post is about book dedications. There’s a lot of thought an author puts into the dedication. ‘Should I make it out to the beloved relative, the person who had an impact on my life, or just skip it?’

I never really got the idea behind dedications. I always viewed them the same way I view tags on a gift: To: (whoever the gift is for) From: (you)

I decided to go about my book dedication in a similar fashion. Rather than dedicate the book to Barry Moltz, My Mom, Jobing.com, Jay, Noah, Zach, all the other people who helped make Pursue the Passion happen, I dedicated the book to who I wanted to receive this book as a gift.

The dedication says: To anyone who feels corralled down a beaten path.

Here’s the photo the dedication appears on:

Wilted Flowers

Brett Farmiloe is the author of Pursue the Passion, a book about finding passion in work. The book combines 300 interviews with a 16,000 mile roadtrip to offer insight that will give anyone willing to discard conventional career wisdom the edge in turning a passion into a profession. It will be released on 2/2/2010.

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What Wordle Says Pursue the Passion is About

January 14, 2010 | by brett | Permalink

This is Post 1 of 15 to explain the Pursue the Passion book, by Brett Farmiloe. You can preorder the book off of Amazon here.

So there’s this really cool thing on the internet called Wordle. It’s a website that allows you to paste in a bunch of text and then it spits out a nice box of words. The words in the box that are the biggest signify what your text is about.

This is really cool when you have 40,000 words to play with (that’s how many words are in the Pursue the Passion book). What’s even cooler is when you have two books to play with.

You see, I previously wrote a whole book about Pursue the Passion. Then I scraped it because I didn’t like the end product. (It was mainly a book about our road trip, and I believed that the content that made us special wasn’t us…it was the content from the 300 interviews we did.) So I wrote another book, this time focusing on the content that made us special.

Here’s the compare and contrast between the two books. Here’s the book that will come out on 2/2/2010.

New Pursue the Passion Book (Wordle)

Versus:

Old Pursue the Passion Book (Wordle)

It’s too late now, but which book would you rather read? The one about ‘RV’ ‘life’ with ‘Jay,’ ‘Noah,’ and ‘Zach?’ Or the one about ‘people’ ‘like’ ‘work?’

Brett Farmiloe is the author of Pursue the Passion, a book about finding passion in work. The book combines 300 interviews with a 16,000 mile roadtrip to offer insight that will give anyone willing to discard conventional career wisdom the edge in turning a passion into a profession. It will be released on 2/2/2010.

Pursue the Passion on Facebook

New Year, New Changes (Including PursuethePassion.Jobing.com)

December 28, 2009 | by brett | Permalink

As you may know, Jobing.com was our Pursue the Passion tour sponsor in 2007 before Zach and I jumped on board to continue Pursue the Passion under the Jobing Foundation.  Today, our site has a new web address.  You may notice that when you go to http://www.pursuethepassion.com, you are automatically directed to http://www.pursuethepassion.jobing.com.  There’s no change to the site’s functionality…all links will still be active.  You can still type in ‘pursuethepassion.com’ without the ‘jobing’ and you’ll get to our site.  The change is just to make sure all of the Jobing sites are consistent with their local market sites (ie http://phoenix.jobing.com)

But in other news, there are some big changes going on with Pursue the Passion.  If you haven’t heard, we have a book coming out on 2/2/2010.  This book will most likely be the legacy we leave behind with Pursue the Passion.  It’s real exciting stuff.  218 pages…full color…and from what I’ve heard from the 25 family and friends I’ve distributed the book to, it was worth the four year wait.

Be sure to become a fan of ours on Facebook for all the latest updates and news.  I’ll definitely be calling on you guys to help with promoting this product, and thanks again for your support over the years.

Brett Farmiloe is the founder of Pursue the Passion.  He also can now officially call himself an author when the Pursue the Passion book drops 2/2/2010.

Pursue the Passion Book Cover (Feedback is Appreciated)

November 13, 2009 | by brett | Permalink

Many of you know that my ultimate goal with Pursue the Passion is to publish a book about our travels and the interviews we’ve done.  Well, the book is almost here.  When it’s ready, you’ll be the first to know.

In the meantime, I was hoping that you could give me some feedback on the potential book cover.  Here it is.  Your feedback is appreciated, and thanks for your patience as we’ve worked towards publishing this project.

Pursue the Passion Book Cover

How to Use Twitter For B2B

July 16, 2009 | by brett | Permalink

If you want to learn how to use Twitter for B2B, read Sean Tierney’s post about using Twitter to generate qualified sales leads over at http://jumpbox.com.  Here’s the link to the post: http://www.scrollinondubs.com/2008/11/22/generate-sales-prospects-with-twitter/ 

Fan Box For Facebook

July 14, 2009 | by brett | Permalink

I’m testing out a fan box for Facebook pages and wanted to see what it looks like on a website. Here it is:

Moneyball on Facebook

Shaq Traded…And He Found Out On Twitter

June 25, 2009 | by brett | Permalink

Last night Shaq was traded to the Cavs…and he found out about it on Twitter.  That’s right.  Before Steve Kerr could pick up the phone and call the big man, Shaq’s faithful Twitter following alerted him to the deal.  And needless to say, the Big Cactus was shocked.  Here’s the screenshot of Shaq’s Twitter page minutes after the deal…

Shaq Traded Twitter

Take note of the reply to @allonso…”I didn’t hear dat yet.” This example will go down as one of the reasons why you need to be on Twitter.  If the Twitter community can break news before your boss, shouldn’t you be part of the conversation?

Brett Farmiloe is the social media manager at Jobing.com.  He and Zach Hubbell consult with small and medium sized businesses to offer social media solutions that best fit their recruiting strategy.  To learn more, please visit: http://phoenix.jobing.com/socialmedia 

Tweets From The Seats

May 21, 2009 | by brett | Permalink

Ever since Twitter has come around, I’ve been telling Zach that public speakers have more pressure than ever to deliver an entertaining, insightful speech. The reason? What you say can, and will be tweeted about.

We just got back from delivering a speech entitled ‘What Our Generation Wants’ to 300 chief executives in DC at an ASAE conference called FBOS. I decided to search Twitter to see what, if anything, was tweeted about during our speech. This is what I found:

Brett Farmiloe and Zach Hubbell Keynote

How about that for instant feedback on whether your speech went well?  Speak wisely.  And beware of asking people to put their cell phone away during the speech…they could be twittering about you.

So you’ve graduated…now what?

May 14, 2009 | by brett | Permalink

4 years for most, 5 years for some, and in the case of one my dear friends, 7 years of school and you’ve got a great piece of paper that officially says you’ve graduated. Now what should you do with your life?

Chances are that you’ve probably heard this question from parents, teachers, peers, and asked it to yourself. It’s a darn good question. How should you answer it? A great guide of figuring out the ‘what should I do with my life’ dilemma can be summed up into three words: ‘Pursue the Passion.’

Quick story about me. I graduated a couple years ago with an accounting degree. I took a job I wasn’t really excited about and it sucked. I decided to quit in order to take a road trip I had been dreaming about taking. On this road trip, I planned on interviewing people who loved their jobs with hopes that their insight would lead me, and many others like me, closer to finding passion in work.

I lived on free Hot Pockets for 45 days while I tried to find funding for the website and the road trip. I went to places like MTV’s Pimp My Ride, my former college, and second cousins looking for money to get this idea off the ground. I got more ‘no’s’ than I can begin to describe.

One day, I quit eating Hot Pockets and realized Jobing.com was right down the street from where I was living. I approached them for a sponsorship, and after talking with the CEO, he agreed to sponsor our road trip and website. Me and three buddies hit the road for four months in a new RV.

We ended up interviewing over 300 people across 38 states and 16,000 miles. When we got back, Jobing.com agreed to give us jobs. In those jobs we got the opportunity to speak to thousands of people about our journey and create a program that sent over 2,000 high school students into their community to do interviews like we conducted. We’re now the social media managers for Jobing.com.

The point of the story is, you’ll never know where the journey will lead if you pursue the passion. In today’s economy, people feel lucky just to have work. The words ‘pursue the passion’ may not have the same meaning it once did when the economy and job outlook was bright. But for you, the recently graduate, the words still have meaning. It means to chase after whatever you’re excited about.

Back to the title of this blog- ‘So you’ve graduated…now what?’ The answer to that question is that you can pursue whatever you want, despite the economic outlook. You’ve graduated! It’s your life, your decisions, your time. Just make sure that whatever you do, that you’re always pursuing something with passion. You never know where the journey may take you. Best of luck.

Brett Farmiloe is the social media manager for Jobing.com. He wrote this blog in a hotel room in Washington D.C. after speaking to 300 CEO’s and CFO’s about the journey just described. It’s just more evidence that the journey leads you to some unexpected places if passion is behind the pursuit.