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CATEGORY ARCHIVE: Find Your Passion

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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

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2008 | by Zach | Permalink

Happy New Year!

As 2008 comes to a close I look back in wonder at the last year and the events that transpired to bring me where I am today. 2008 was a big year for myself, our country and the world. I can’t begin to imagine how 2009 will take shape but I’m excited for the unpredictability and serendipity that has characterized my life up to this point.

Many of us will look back at the events of the past year and compare the reality to the ideal. Did we accomplish the things we set out to do? What opportunities were lost or found? I try to examine the past objectively, but not dwell on it. It’s my hard data; the precedent I use for my qualitative and quantitative life analysis. But, in general it doesn’t serve to excite or motivate me. The future on the other hand…

I find that thinking about the future is a great source of excitement; bordering on anxiety. Most of us probably feel that way and it’s not expectation that creates this feeling but the prospect of the unexpected. Many things will happen over the next twelve months that we cannot begin to anticipate and many things will happen that we can. The important part is that we observe our unique ability as humans to experience these events and influence them.

Resolutions are great but they do not lend themselves to the serendipitous and unpredictable nature of the world. That’s why I try to think of some general motivations and let those drive the organic process my life will take. Control is an illusion; but ignoring our obligation to influence our circumstances would be to take for granted what it is that makes us human. It reminds me of the old saying, …grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

It’s a very difficult balance, the practice of which can largely determine our happiness and success. Pursue the Passion is part of a larger movement that works to help us refine these traits and play a more active role in the events that shape our lives. With this said I wish you all serenity, courage and wisdom over the next 12 months and look forward to sharing our stories in the process.

Happy New Year and all the best for 2009!

When I Grow Up, I Want To Be…

November 25, 2008 | by brett | Permalink

There’s a strong connection between childhood interests and a current career. It’s something that I’m a victim of.  My favorite video game was Crusin’ USA while growing up.  And you wonder why I toured around the country ten years later  

Those things that you enjoy as a kid, it’s amazing to see how they can come back later into your profession.  

Here’s a collection of people we interviewed who have taken a childhood interest and turned it into their career.  

Park Ranger: I’ve loved the outdoors since I was born.  Always have and always will.  

Tattoo Artist: I envisioned having this job when I was a teenager.  When I was 13 and handpoked the very first dot on my wrist and wiped it away, and saw there was still a dot, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.  

TV Host, Wild Kingdom: If I can step backwards a few years, as a child, my grandfather was a forester.  My childhood playground was 3600 acres of trees and wildlife.  My entire childhood was in wildlife, and in wild places.   

Goat Farmer: When I was 15 I was trying to decide what I wanted to do. My mom asked me what I liked to do.  Because that’s where you always start.  ‘What do you like to do?’  

We had woods behind our house and I’d spend a lot of time out there.  I’d say well, the only thing I know for sure is that I like to be outside.  She thought a minute and said, ‘Well, we all like to do that.  You’ll just have to get over it.’  

So I decided to go into information systems which ended up being accounting.  I sat in an office for fifteen years trying to figure out how to get outside.  Then eventually I decided I needed to be outside.  Because what your passion is at 15 is more than likely going to be your passion when you’re 30.

President, Phoenix Suns: My passion comes more out of when I was a kid.  We used to gather all the cousins and relatives almost every weekend in a town north of Seattle called Mount Vernon .  All the cousins would use my grandparent’s driveway and garage as a stage.  The garage door would be the curtain.  We would put on shows for all the family every weekend.  Because I was the oldest cousin, I got to be the director and help put the show together and see the results of what we did.  I really think there’s as much as that drive in what I do today as there is my love of sports.

Director of Communications, Georgia Aquarium: For me, part of the reason of why I work here is when I was five years old growing up in Boston , I went to the New England Aquarium.  I picked up a horseshoe crab and touched it.  I still remember that and I love those types of engaging experiences that really register with you and stick with you.

Child Therapist: My parents got divorced when I was 13.  They forced me to go to a therapist.  For about a month I was totally against it.  Then I was like, ‘Wait a minute.  This person is totally objective and they’re just listening.’  I didn’t realize you could actually do that for a living.  That’s where it all started.

Jordan Footwear Designer: I started drawing shoes in the 7 th grade on little 3 x 5 index cards.  My teacher, her name is Mrs. Weathers.  She used to keep them.  I actually used to get in trouble because I was drawing instead of paying attention.  

But I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember.  I just had a gift to be able to draw anything I could see.  For me, as the years got longer, I just started to channel it more and focus on drawing specific things.

Accountant: When I was a kid I used to watch the old westerns that were black and white.  There would be the guys in the white hats, who were the good guys, and then the guys in the black hats.  They’d fight against each other.  Now that I’m a CPA, I help young families and couples.  I look at myself as the guy in the white hat, and the IRS are the guys in the black hat.  My job is to help them keep as much of their money as they can and help them out.

President, Phoenix Suns: I think if you can honestly think back about what experiences led you to where you are, there’s big influences almost always in your childhood or early teen years.  You probably found something that you were drawn to or incredibly interested in or got great joy from.  If you’re lucky enough to parlay that into your career, you’ll almost inevitably be successful.  

Brett Farmiloe wants to know what you think about presenting information using this type of writing style.  Does it peak your interest?  Make you want to read more?  Or does it just flat out suck?  Let him know by commenting below.  It will help him as he formulates a book about Pursue the Passion.   

Pursue the Passion Keynote Speech Video

September 17, 2008 | by brett | Permalink

Pursue the Passion LogoIn their first jobs out of college, Brett Farmiloe and Zach Hubbell found themselves among the 75 million Americans who are dissatisfied with work.  They quit their jobs and embarked on a 16,000 mile, 38 state road trip to interview over 300 people about how to be passionate in a career.  

Now operating under the Jobing Foundation, Brett and Zach embody the message to pursue the passion as they inspire and motivate audiences across the country.  Their goal is to positively change the American attitude towards work.  Every presentation they deliver moves them one step closer towards achieving that goal.  

Keynote Speeches:  

Pursue the Passion (HR or Company Keynote)

Half of the American workforce is unhappy in their job.  Chances are, a number of your employees help make up this number of disgruntled workers.  

Using materials gathered from over 300 interviews conducted with professionals passionate about their job, Brett and Zach have identified what it takes to love your work.  By the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

·       Pursue passion in life

·       Empower employees to practice passion at work

·       Revive the passion within their organization 

What Our Generation Wants  (HR or Company Keynote)

We have been categorized as spoiled, entitled, and restless.  We’ve been known to change careers every year, be driven by salary, and lack values or any sense of work ethic.  We are the future of your organization.     

Brett and Zach are two Gen Y’ers who will tell you what their generation wants.  By the end of this session, attendees will be able to: 

·       Understand why Generation Y is critical to the success of their organization

·       Attract a member of Generation Y to their organization

·       Appreciate Generation Y’s workplace beliefs, preferences, and priorities

·       Connect with Generation Y employees from their very first day at work

·       Motivate and retain Generation Y employees without breaking into the budget  

How Informational Interviewing Changed Our Lives, And How It Can For Your Students Too (Educator Keynote)

Most students don’t know what to do with their life.  One summer, four college grads sought a solution.  They road tripped across America to interview people who were passionate about their work.  These informational interviews impacted their lives, and are the basis for a program influencing 2,000 students throughout Arizona .     

At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 

·         Provide students with the tools to conduct and coordinate an informational interview

·         Effectively refer a student towards a potential interview

·         Supply students with a solution on how to turn their passion into a career

Pursue the Passion: The Journey Begins (Student Keynote)

What should I do with my life?  It’s a question that haunts the mind of every student approaching graduation. 

On a 16,000 mile, 38 state road trip, Brett Farmiloe and Zach Hubbell interviewed over 300 successful people about how they answered life’s ultimate question.  By the end of this session, students will be able to:

·       Dictate the direction they want their life to go

·       Capitalize on and create career opportunities

·       Act and apply key insight to finding passion in school and work

·       Conduct an informational interview with a professional in the community

Speaker Bios  

Brett FarmiloeBrett Farmiloe is the VP, and Zach Hubbell is the AVP of Pursue the Passion. Together, they have written a book and compiled a documentary about how to find a passion in a career. They administer the PTP program and speak to students about the importance of pursuing a passion. 

Zach HubbellZach and Brett keynoted the Arizona SHRM conference September 3rd in front of 600 HR Professionals.  They were one of two keynote speakers (the other being the Mayor of Los Angeles) that presented to an audience of 300 at risk students at a Jobing.com Youth Experience Expo.  They have conducted many workshops for FBLA, JAG, career exploration classes, and groups of career counselors.  They continue to grow their resume every week.   

To book Brett and Zach for your upcoming conference or to get more information about Pursue the Passion, contact Brett at (602) 405-4390 or by email at brett@pursuethepassion.com 

Getting ‘it’ up for your job

July 31, 2008 | by brett | Permalink

I question I receive all the time is “How can I be passionate about my job?” There is no better analogy that will stick with you than what best selling author David Rensin told us during an interview:

In 1979, Playboy sent me into the adult film industry to see what was going on. I happened upon a guy porn actor and I asked him, “You gotta make it with these women in these films over and over and over again…what if you don’t like them? How are you going to get it up?”

He said, “Well, you focus on the one thing about them that you like. The one thing about them that you can be passionate about. Maybe it’s their lips. Maybe it’s something they said. Maybe it’s some other body part. And then, block the rest of it out.” That’s your method acting for porn, and I think it applies across the board.

Now think about it. We have to get it up every day in our job too. Day after day after day we report to work and have to get excited about what we are doing. And how often do we stay limp? What is preventing us from getting it up?

Oftentimes we allow all these other negative elements to creep into our job so that we stop getting excited. We lose sight of what we really enjoy when we focus on the negative. But by focusing on that one thing, that one thing that gets it up for us, that positive energy transcends into all aspects of our job. Then we can leave work feeling passionate about what we do.

Splitting the Stone

May 27, 2008 | by brett | Permalink

Working years are never a waste.  As miserable and as wasteful as they may seem, those experiences are building up to something greater.    The majority of emails I receive are from people 45 years and older who feel their working years have been a waste.  My response, always, aims to reframe their mind.

While watching the 4-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs during this glorious three day weekend, I was exposed to a philosophy that head coach Gregg Popovich uses as a mission statement for his players.  Here is a summarized version in my own words:  

“A sculptor had a large stone that he wanted split down the middle.  He took a big swing with his hammer to meet the chisel with a vengeance, only to find the stone unaffected by his effort.  He repeated the process a thousand times, only to achieve the same undesirable result.  On the 1,001st time, the hammer swiftly met the chisel and the stone split perfectly into two equal halves.  A bystander told the sculptor that he must have put some extra effort into the 1,001 st attempt.  The sculptor replied, ‘I know it was not the 1,001st attempt that split the stone, but all the other times where I applied the same effort.  That set me up for success.’”

The story symbolizes many of our lives.  We spend our lives gathering puzzle pieces from different jobs, relationships, and experiences to get to that 1,001 st time.  It doesn’t matter when the stone is split, as long as we don’t lose interest in it splitting.   

Pursue the Passion presents interviews with people who have split their stones.  A few ones that relate to this story include Darius Monsef IV, Billy Beane, Nicolaas Bloembergen. 

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Five Tips for the Arizona Basketball Team

March 21, 2008 | by brett | Permalink

I went to the grocery store at around eleven o’clock last night. Wearing my Arizona basketball jersey, I stood in line annoyed at yet another first round exit from the March Madness tournament.  A Sun Devil fan walked by in a t-shirt with that horrid yellow color, which to Wildcat fans, has the same effect the color red does on a raging bull. My matador smirked at the sight on my jersey, smugly walking by to let me know his side of the rivalry won this round.   I hate what UofA basketball has become.  I’ve come up with five tips, all of which could be applied to the workplace if you so choose, for the Wildcats to consider if they want to keep that twenty-three straight seasons of postseason appearances alive next year.

1)  We all know about the candidate, player, or recruit with the perfect credentials.  Degree from Harvard, 4.0 GPA, quick first step, a McDonald’s all American.  Very rarely do these types of people have the impact on an organization or team that you’d like them to.  They are the individualistic and/or egotistical that play for the “I” in team. 

Tip: Make them (aka Jerryd Bayless) humble.  Don’t allow them to put themselves on their own pedestal.  Teach them how to play as a part of the team, and don’t allow them to play until they learn that lesson.   

2)  To be successful in any organization you need a leader with a vision.  A vision gets everyone on the same page.  A leader empowers others to work towards that vision.

If a leader kinda has a vision, or if they are leading with the mindset they just want to get by without making any mistakes so they can really get em next year, then they will never be able to lead others.  

Tip: Find a new leader (aka head coach. Sorry Kevin)

3)  Companies pride themselves on culture.  The culture of an organization can greatly enhance, or severely hinder people in their success.  If the culture of a company relies on name or buzzwords alone, that is not culture.  A culture exists within each and every person that operates in an organization.  

Tip: Just because the name Arizona is labeled across the chest of every jersey does not mean other teams fear you.  If anything, it fires them up.  Opposing teams can sense the lack of heart and leadership within the culture, and know that if they are able to bring just one person with heart or talent down (Fendi, Jordan Hill, Nic Wise) the rest of the culture will crumble.  Build a new selfless culture that puts emphasis on the word “team.”  Maybe have everyone write “I will play as a team” a thousand times on the blackboard.

4)  An organization cannot exist without clear communication.  Especially when that communication is coming from the top.  This year Lute Olson temporarily resigned, then resigned, then was coming back, then wasn’t.  It left the team in limbo all year.   

Tip: Lute, I love you.  I don’t know what happened this year, but I hope that you communicated with your team, because it didn’t look like they were ever on the same page.

5) Life deals all types of things that are unfair.  Things we don’t agree with.  Things we would dispute.  But it all comes down to the same thing: you have to deal with it 

Tip: So what if the ref didn’t call a foul.  Maybe it was a block instead of a charge.  Control what you can control.  Shut up and play.

You should not be happy with yourselves as a collective whole right now Zona.  The committee put you in the tournament instead of the Sun Devils (who deserved it more, btw) and you did not give them any reason why they should let you in next year.  There’s a lot of work to do.   

Have a good off-season, gentleman.

Reason and Passion

November 8, 2007 | by brett | Permalink

I have been a fan of Kahlil Gibran since I first picked up the Prophet at age sixteen. Every once in awhile I pick up the book and flip through its pages. Yesterday I landed on “Reason and Passion.”

Here’s the opening passage on the topic:

“And the priestess spoke again and said: speak to us of Reason and Passion.

And he answered, saying:

Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.

Would that I could be the peacemaker in your soul, that I might turn the discord and the rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody.

But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your elements?

Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul. If either your sails or you rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas.

For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.

That last line sums up the last year of my life. Reason (aka my risk averse accounting job), was my force that confined. My passion (aka the four month tour that I dreamt about executing for a year and a half) was unquestioned by anyone. Therefore, as the trip progressed, the end goal that I had in mind (a resource for people to turn to for career guidance) fell short of my expectations because it was driven by passion alone.

Which puts me in a unique situation now, proceeding forth with a book and documentary. If our crew approaches it with reason and executes with passion, I believe that we have the rudder and sails to lead us to land.

But for now, we’re at mid-sea.

Today is my Birthday

October 4, 2007 | by brett | Permalink

Today is my birthday. I turned 23. I’m celebrating it in Nashville, Tennessee.

I got to thinking about how crazy my life has been over the last year, touring the country and what not.

To sum it up, last year I celebrated my 22nd birthday trapped in a cubicle, secluded from life, isolated with a computer and a calculator. Only one co-worker wished me a happy birthday. It was depressing.

Now I’m in a RV, reaching out to life, using a computer to reach out to others. The calculator still keeps me in check. And only my girlfriend and mom have wished me a happy birthday, so if you want, comment below and tell me what you wish.

Speaking to Students

September 20, 2007 | by brett | Permalink

As I write this, I am sitting on a couch with four girls at the University of Delaware. The RV is parked outside in their driveway, sticking out ever so slightly in the street and edging up against the gutter of Klondike Kate’s, the restaurant in which we just devoured three orders of nachos with five other female students.

Life is good.

We spoke to an entrepreneurship class of fifty-five students tonight. Considering that we wrote most of the presentation at 2am in a bar last night in Philadelphia with two professional hula hoopers, it could not have gone better.

Walking towards Alfred Lerner Hall with Jay and Zach, about to deliver our unrehearsed, soon to be improvised “speech,” I asked the guys what moment they were more scared of. Was it this moment, just minutes before facing a room full of our peers to see what the response was to a project we’d devoted the last three months to? Or was it when we were about to enter the Sheridan Correctional Facility to sit amongst a hundred prisoners and listen to an AA motivational speaker.

The unanimous answer was this moment.

Inside the classroom we had some technical difficulties that delayed our presentation ten minutes, nearly forcing us to deliver our message without the aid of pretty pictures on powerpoint. We finally prevailed and opened by showing our introductory video, which can be seen below.

As we got into the core of our story, we all became more confident in what we said. It was the first time we had shared it in a public setting. And it felt good. Jay shared stories about Class Project, living on my couch for two months, and group dynamics. Noah talked about how funny it was that a Spanish linguistics and creative writing major was standing in front of a business class, sharing entrepreneurial lessons gleaned from the road. Zach’s naturally beautiful voice put the class at ease as he talked about how the students sitting before us should take advantage of every opportunity in school. I just tried to speak from the heart.

An hour and thirty minutes later we had students in the RV signing our ceiling and talking to us about how energizing it was to have four guys their age talking about issues on their mind. Questions that had not been shared in class came pouring out as we talked with students one on one. All the fears that we had going into the class, and even at the conclusion of the presentation, were relieved after seeing the jubilant reaction of the students.

The fifteen minute break the professor allotted the students to come chill with us came and went, students scurried back to their class, and we left with Noah’s long lost cousin and her two friends.

It was a good thing we were a part of last night, and I’m down to do it again.

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