The Meaning of Passion: the GoldieBlox Story

Meaning of passion

Are you familiar with GoldieBlox? It’s a toy intended for girls that combines stories with building things. The goal is to help young girls develop skills in engineering and physics.

It was funded nearly twice over on kickstarter a while back and has continued to grow and expand since then.

The kickstarter video continues to stick with me.

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The Difference Between Your Job and Your Work

- - Purpose, Work


“Don’t let schooling interfere with your education.” – Mark Twain [tweet this]

There’s a difference between your education and your schooling.

Your schooling is what happens in the classroom. It’s the classes that you take to achieve a standardized level of education and get a diploma.

Your education is what you learn in all of life. It’s what you read, practice, experience. It’s what you learned from coaching little league, and how you grew as you led a project at work.

Your schooling is part of your education, but your education is much bigger than your schooling.

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The Fear of Not Knowing

- - Courage, Risk and Fear

fear of not knowing

We are taught that it is best to know the answers. School reinforces this over and over— you’re supposed to know the right answer to every question asked.

It’s a painful moment to have to tell your teacher that you don’t know something that you’re supposed to know in front of all your classmates who already know it (or at least pretend to).

It’s embarrassing. It feels exposing and shameful.

The “stupid question” — as in, “This might be a stupid question, but…”— points out the places where we feel like we’re supposed to know something that we don’t.

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The Best Books on Finding Your Purpose

The Best Books on Finding Your Purpose

I love books. After having moved a number of times in the last few years, I should say that I really love the library and digital books (I love my Kindle). I’m always finding new books and checking way too many of them out from the library (which I’ve found is a great way to rack up fees and support your local branch).

I peruse and read just about anything that I can get my hands on related to purpose, passion, calling, vocation, business, marketing, and writing. This is why my list grows way faster than I can keep up with it (just like my library fines!).

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