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Kevin Shaffer

Sales Director - Durable Goods, EPI Marketing Services

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Having passion in your work is trainable. Being deeply passionate and driven is not. How does one pursue a deep desire to be doing more?

I am inspired by every person that contributes to TED. I would wager a guess that most of these people are deeply passionate about what they do. One could even say that they are living the dream - they are doing exactly drives them every day.

How can more of us achieve that - how does one get there?

- Are most of us not practical when we choose to become passionate about a career path or calling?
- Do some of us need to study longer to create the opportunity to become passionate about our career?
- How can we still follow our dreams in 2011, 2012 and beyond?
- Is the concept of following your dreams and doing more something of the past?

I consider myself lucky, I love what I do. I would like to be doing more in my community and with giving back. I feel I make contribution, but I could be doing more. How can I help others find passion in what they do and with where they are going?

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    Jul 19 2011: Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? Believing you have the ability to reach your goals is important, but so is believing you can get the ability.

    In fact, decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.

    Being specific about what you are seeking...being passionate about results.

    Mostly having fun and enjoying the learning process along the way. Having the guts to experiment and make changes...sharpen up and not feel that you may fail...

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