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Have you ever had this secret wish? A dream of sorts, to do something you really love. Perhaps it’s something you always wanted to do. But then, life got in the way and you took another path. You’ve been successful in what you do today, but you still harbor that secret wish deep inside. If that sounds like you, welcome to The Million Project.
Every morning, I used to see him carry his heavy video cameras and tripods to his car. He then went back into his house to get some more bags of equipments.
Sometimes it was past midnight, around the same time as I got back from work after working long hours in front of a computer.
We used to meet in the car park in front of our apartment and he always had stories to share….with a big smile on his face. I was fascinated, but tired too.
He was my neighbour and he worked as a freelance photographer. It was 2002, and I had just joined my first job in a multinational company.
Sounds familiar right?
Software engineer. Global meetings. Crazy timings. Junk food. No time for hobbies.
In the 15 years of working a corporate job, I’ve had conversations with hundreds of people who’ve had the same feeling, at various points in their lives.
There was this day in 2013 when I was literally pressed to make a choice.
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” Steve Jobs
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
I made a choice to follow my heart and explore my interests. I explain this moment in detail on page 9 of my manifesto.
But in this post, I don’t want to focus on that moment. Instead, I want to focus on all of us who’ve been chasing careers, money, power and everything else.
I specifically want to focus on those of us who’ve been in pursuit of these careers and such at the cost of not pursuing our personal interests, hobbies, or sport.
I was always interested in education and specifically, lifelong learning.
To further validate this, I started to interview hundreds of people aged between 20 and 50 in the last few years.
These people, from around the world, went to engineering schools, ivy league colleges and worked in companies one would envy.
The goal of these interviews were to understand their frustrations, challenges and how education has played a role in their lives.
Here are the top 3.
There are a 5 more revealing facts about careers and life I learnt both from interviewing people and other sources.
That’s true. It’s a distracted world. Perhaps a better word would be disillusioned world.
It’s probably because of the time we live in.
In our world today, attention is everything. How much is the watch time for your videos? Have your advertisements helped get more business? Did someone notice your new dress? Let me take a selfie.
If you don’t get someone’s attention, it’s probably not worth doing it. Really?
It’s ironical to note that in an age where we are so distracted, scattering our attention on everything else, we are losing sight of something important.
From paying more attention to salaries, to vacations, college degrees and what our boss’ think of us, we are losing sight of what we do.
“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” Albert Einstein
“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”
As kids we are born with an open mind, but as we go through the systems of education, career and money, we seem to start focusing less on ourselves and more on the system itself.
What if I told you that you can stop worrying about getting a second college degree? Go and work for your dream job? Focus on something better than a job promotion or a salary raise?
No, I’m not painting a rosy picture. But if you did just these 3 things consistently, you will be far more happier than what you’d be today:
No, this is not a myth, but 100% reality.
In a world that’s fast changing with technology like artificial intelligence, virtual reality and augmented reality, some jobs will give way to newer ones.
The ones who will survive this are not those with ivy college degrees or higher paychecks, but those with interests and skills, ones who can learn new skills faster and the ones with people skills.
The best part is that there are already people who are doing this. They are following their hearts, practicing those hobbies and being successful at it.
While some have made their hobbies their careers, the others have found a way to use them to live a healthier and wealthier life.
After all these conversations and interviews, I’m convinced that following your hearts and interests is not just important for fulfillment and happiness, but also for good health and general well being.
The Million Project (million.show) is an attempt to shine a light on those people who are living this simple idea. It’s an attempt to inspire more people to follow their heart.
The goal of The Million Project is a video series where I’m going to interview 1000 people who are living this simple idea, to inspire at least a million people to live that simple idea.
We are living in a digital age. I’ve always been inspired by Kevin Kelly’s 1000 True Fans. I believe that if I brought out the stories of 1000 people around the world, and each of them had a 1000 true fans, that would reach a million people (1000,000).
That’s the hope on which this project was named The Million Project.
Sure you can.
No matter what, you should consider joining The Million Project Facebook group. You’ll find stories, inspiration and a lot more to help you follow your heart, find your passion and live a happy and fulfilled life.
I’m running this project alone. Will appreciate some help and hope to make some new friends and acquaintances along the way. Please help me spread the word.
If you are someone who’s been following your heart, I’ll be glad to hear your story. Do write to me, and I’ll feature it in our community page.
If you’d like to recommend someone for me to interview, please do so here. I’ll be happy to look into their story and take it further.
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