Find your passion

It took me all of two articles to become infatuated with Oliver Emberton. I am posting a second article of his in a row so you can join me in my infatuation. But really this is a great article and I should know considering I read a thousand articles on this topic on a daily basis. It’s like all of a sudden everyone is an expert on finding your passion and decides to write an article about it. But as I was saying, this one is actually good because it offers..(wait for it)…perspective! I will take perspective over advice any day because most advice in these ‘find your passion articles’ are either impractical or hard to apply to my life.

Read it.

>> How to find your passion <<

On a side note I was listening to a podcast this morning on NPR Ted hour radio called Nothing is Original. It featured a few TED talks on the topic of, you guessed it, originality and how while so much of the music we listen to and the movies we watch and the books we read SEEM original, huge chunks of them in fact are borrowed from something that came before them. This is kind of an interesting contrast to a point made in this article that a great way to find something to adopt as your passion is to do something that not many people have done before. Basically, he says that passion comes with success and you (as an average person) are a lot more likely to be successful at something when you don’t have as many people to compete with. But really one might wonder, is there really anything that has not been done before?

Well the answer to this is of course there is and this ties in nicely with the closing remarks of the podcast which claimed that while nothing might be truly original, originality in the present is less about coming up with something entirely on your own and more about putting your own spin on something that might already exist.

I will conclude this with one of my favorite quotes by Jim Jarmusch: “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books…dreams, random conversations, architecture…lights, and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your theivery– celebrate if it you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said:”It’s not where you take things from– it’s where you take them to.”

As an additional side note, this guy’s writings remind me a lot of a blog I am a fan of called Wait But Why(there may be an earlier post featuring them as well). Here are some of their best(in my opinion) posts:

>>Taming the Mammoth: Why you should stop caring what other people think <<

>> Life is a picture but you live in a pixel <<

>> Why procrastinators procrastinate <<

-Monisha

That’s not fair!

I was pretty skeptical about reading this article at first (what else is new) because it sounded like it was going to be very negative and I tend to not like people just yelling things at me for no reason (most of the time). But once I actually read it made a lot of sense. I’m a fan of different perspectives and I think this is one of those articles that offers a different perspective on something you think you know all about.

This article also reminds me of a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt: ” You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”

Preach.

>>The Problem Isn’t That Life Is Unfair — It’s That You Don’t Know The Rules<<

-Monisha

America’s Mood Map

Ever felt like your personality was better suited for another state? Maybe it is! In the following study which took 13 years to complete, figured out which personality types each of America’s 50 states fell into. Now you can take a 10 question test to find out which of those states suit you best. So if you feel like you’re just too creative and friendly to live in NY, take the test and find out where you truly belong.

>> America’s Mood Map <<

-Monisha

Power and Pronouns

Have you heard that the frequent use of ‘I’ indicates narcissism?  It’s a common misconception rebuffed in recent studies conducted at the University of Texas at Austin by James W. Pennebaker.  Pennebaker found through behavioral experiments and Twitter analysis that the use of ‘I’ can denote duplicity and a sense of inferiority.  Those who used ‘we’ more often in the experiments tended to have the power in the relationships.

>> What Saying ‘I’ Says About You <<

 

– Sandra

Password please?

In the wake of news of the latest iPhone comes this article about passwords and security online. Those who followed the IPhone frenzy heard that the latest device comes with a fingerprint scanner that you can use instead of a key-lock to protect your phone. Personally I think its a great idea considering we store everything from our bank account information to our most coveted pictures on our phones and having a unique identifier such as a fingerprint would make everything more secure.  

But if this new development isn’t CSI enough for you, there are way more upcoming innovations in the field of non-password protection, one of which includes a headset that scans your brain waves to verify the password you are thinking of is correct.

>> Machines Made to Know You, by Touch, Voice, Even by Heart <<

-Monisha