Monday, October 15, 2018

COMPELLED: Week 6 - Passion

This is the sixth post in a 15-post series about characteristics of compelled educators. The characteristics and ideas I post about are not earth-shattering revelations by any means. They are more reminders to all of us. Let's keep our fire hot and our purpose front and center!

My husband is a certified drone pilot. He got interested in drones about 6 years ago, and he purchased and became a certified pilot about 4 years ago. He LOVES anything that has to do with drones. He watches YouTube videos by Casey Neistat and any other webinars or videos that have to do with flying, building, discussing, or even repairing drones. He recently purchased a large Matrice drone and LiDAR so that he can work with surveyors and other mapping porfessionals. If you ask him about his drones, his face lights up and he gets very excited to share whatever he knows and can about LiDAR and drones. He would love for working with drones to one day become a full-time position for him. His passion is obvious and contagious!

What about you? Are you like my husband? When someone asks you about education and what you do, does your face light up? Do you read everything you can about being a better teacher/leader/counselor/etc? Do you watch webinars so that you can learn more about the developmental stages of the students you work with? Do you get excited about professional learning? Do you seek out opportunities to learn more about what you do? Are you FIRED UP to go to work each day?

Would you say that you are passionate about what you do? Is it obvious to others? Would others say that you are passionate about what you do? If you won the lottery today, would you keep doing your current job? 

Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as is possible.

Passion is the energy that we bring to the table. It fuels us to keep going, to get better, to be better. It attracts others who are passionate, too, and it's contagious. And being passionate means taking action. 

Check out the short video below by Chris Do

The first 10 seconds are powerful. Go ahead - rewatch them. 

Passion = action. 

"You can't fake passion."

No passion for your job? Luke Ball (@lukemball) wrote a blog post on how to find it

Luke says it's a choice. It starts with us. It starts with action. 

What do you think? Can we choose to be passionate about what we do? I would love to hear your thoughts about this post. Feel free to reach out on twitter or Facebook, or leave your comments below. 

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