The story of how I found my biggest passion. (Note about the title: this isn’t about psychedelics, it’s about programming… )
The story of how I found my biggest passion. (Note about the title: this isn’t about psychedelics, it’s about programming… 😛)
I started a podcast that comes out later this month. I’ve learned so much from my guests, I’ve gotten better at sending a cold email, and I’ve had a blast planning it all with one of my Praxis advisors, Amanda. Yet the biggest benefit so far has been one I didn’t plan for or expect.
When you start a podcast, the world becomes ten times more fascinating.
I decided to practice interviewing people, my sister first. When she spoke, I had to truly listen, find what interested me, and ask more about it. At first, this was hard. When my sister said something, my first instinct was to agree or move on to what I wanted to say. I had to stop and ask myself, what is interesting about what she said? What do I want to know more about? Why? I quickly found that the more curious I was about her, the more questions I would naturally ask. I had to get curious about her. I had to look for what was interesting.
I quickly found that the more curious I was about her, the more questions I would naturally ask. I began to start looking for what was interesting.
When you look for what’s interesting, you find that everything is.
I started interviewing everyone I could find. As I got more curious about other people, I uncovered more and more compelling things about them. By pushing myself to constantly ask questions, I found answers I would’ve never otherwise discovered.
Starting a podcast feels like becoming a detective. You get into the habit of holding a magnifying glass up to everyone you talk to. When you’re a detective, everything becomes a clue, and every person is a mystery you can find out about. You just have to get curious enough to look closer, examine, ask. Start a podcast and see for yourself.
I’m in the middle of month 4 of Praxis. I’m working for an awesome startup. When I’m kicking ass at work, it’s when I’m doing most of these 3 things. When I’m not kicking ass, I remind myself of these things and jump into them as soon as I can.
1) Get shit done. If you want to kick ass, you have to start kicking. Act. Get something done. There’s a reason that getting shit done is emphasized so much in the Praxis opening seminar. In a startup, if you’re getting shit done, you’re kicking ass. If you’re not, you won’t be working there much longer. When I start a project, I don’t stop until I complete it. If I say I’ll do something, I do it. Do one thing. Then do the next thing. Just get shit done.
2) Be a little paranoid. In the Praxis month 4 curriculum, Levi Morehouse said something to T.K Coleman that I wrote on my desk just before I started: be a little paranoid about always being better. Each day at work, I have this slightly antsy feeling under my skin–did I get enough done? Is there an opportunity to add value lurking behind that corner? No? Am I sure it’s not there? I swear I saw it… When I’m a little paranoid, I’m constantly finding opportunities to create value that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise (because I looked three times.. just in case).
3) Treat advising sessions like you treat your work. I can have the best coach in the world, but if I don’t know what game I want to win, it won’t matter. Get clear on what you want to accomplish in work and in life, and use Praxis advising sessions to help you get there. My Praxis advisors are my coaches and our goal is to accomplish my goals. When I’m working on a goal, I can use an advisor to help me carve out an action plan and I will tailor our sessions to that. When I’m trying to overcome a challenge at work, I can talk to an advisor who has experienced exactly what I’m going through. I prepare for and plan my advising sessions and use them to tackle all the big stuff in my life. When I treat my advising sessions as seriously as I treat my work, I kick ass. At work and every other part of my life.