Up until recently, I've had an incredibly erroneous belief about life and time: that eventually things would calm down, and I’d have all the hours I needed to dedicate to my passions.
While in high school I rushed from the final bell to my part-time job to late night studying sessions, I wondered if things would be less hectic in college.
At the university, I juggled massive course loads, extra curricular activities, a job, and “extra curricular activities”. Surely things will calm down once I am out of school, I thought.
Then came post-academic existence, spending my full-time hours serving with AmeriCorps, while nannying on the side for extra money, and managing a social life.
So it went. So it went.
Spoiler alert –– things never got less hectic. Things never slowed down. Life never felt “less crazy”. A perfect time never presented itself for me to dedicate my time towards chasing the dreams that swirled through my mind daily.
Eventually, I realized: life’s limitations weren’t going to change, so I had to.
I might be the most stubborn person I know.
When I reflect on my childhood experiences, one big realization comes to mind: I learned everything the hard way.
No matter how many times they told me, “Gina, don’t touch that, it’s hot.”
I just had to know for sure.
Dozens of tears and I-told-you-so Band-Aids later, I stopped touching the stove, or “Hot Kitchen Monster,” as it came to be known in my imagination.
You might think that the increasingly precarious trials of adulthood would have changed a lot about how I approach life’s obstacles.
Live, learn, start taking more people’s advice –– the sensible route.
Although plenty of well-meaning people frequently advise me on the so-called prudent and practical ways of doing things, something just doesn’t click. I’m always (naively or arrogantly, depending on how you look at it – I prefer ‘creatively’) looking for a different way to do it.
Why does it have to be done that way? Are you sure? Have you tried it this way? Why not?
The day I first watched Dan Pallotta’s TED talk “The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong" –– I began reshaping the way I consider money in the scheme of my career.
If you haven’t already checked it out, queue it up on your next coffee break –– it’s worth it.
For the 95 percent of you who won’t do that, here’s the gist:
In this talk, Pallotta is like, “Hold the phone, peeps.”
His remarks should be the anthem of social impact professionals everywhere.
Let's change the world.
Who wrote this?
Gina Edwards, Impact Explorer founder and lover of all pun jokes, making a positive change in the world, Stephen Colbert, Jif Peanut Butter, and staying inside on rainy days. Order may vary.