Guest Blog: Turning Your Passion into Your Profession in 2018

During the weeks leading up to the New Year, I had the privilege of volunteering at a backpackers’ on the tranquil Garden Route. Sitting around the bonfire every evening, I spoke to people hailing from a diverse array of professions, from web developers to builders to artists. In an environment such as this, introductions were an everyday occurrence, and the same two initial questions: “where do you come from?” and “what do you do?” were asked again and again. The question of nationality was merely a formality; in our global society, origins are often hard to pinpoint. The question of work, however, drew a range of reactions, often including the reasons they were sitting around a campfire in

How Great Leaders Inspire Action - Thoughts on Simon Sinek's TedTalk

There were many nuggets of wisdom that resonated with me during this Ted Talk by Simon Sinek, but this quote in particular got me thinking - "People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it." It's probably something many of us know, but we haven't figured out how to practice it yet - share your passion not your product. This talk clarified that simple difference between companies that inspire action and companies that don't. "The goal is not to do business with everybody who needs what you have, the goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe." What do YOU believe as a business? Why do YOU do what you do? And most importantly, are you effectively sharing that with th

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