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If you have discovered something you are passionate about, how did you discover that thing?

Many people go through living bored, mundane, uninspired lives. Many have not taken it upon themselves to seek out what they are passionate about. I was like that for about 50 years and it seems by luck I found my mine.

How did you find yours?

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  • Nov 4 2011: Hi,

    In these days of accelerated innovations, it seems finding "passion" is the answer to our problems. But maybe is the other way around: We don't find "passion" on things we do.
    We think, successful people find their passion, but I believe people that are really successful don't find it, They are already passionate about making things happend. They are not worried about the results to get, therefore they enjoy every moment of action.

    So, I believe it is a shift of awareness, a change of direction.

    That way we discover that every moment is different so we just enjoy it. Not because We must enjoy it, but because is the only way it happens.

    I live in Peru, and a few years ago I believed poor people has a lack of happiness, but I realized that is not true. I realized, it is not the situation that makes us happy or being passionate about things, instead it is the other way around.

    I'd like to share this quote :
    Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. - Albert Schweitzer
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      Nov 4 2011: Hi again Yuri:>)
      I totally agree with you...we don't "find" passion...people are already passionate about making things happen...not worried about the results to get, therefor they enjoy every moment of action...yes...yes....yes!!!

      I agree that it is a shift of awareness...not to "find" passion, but rather to create passion....discovery in every moment.....not becaue we must enjoy it, but because it is the only way it happens....yes....yes...yes!!!

      I also realized, by traveling in remote areas of our world (including the mountains of Peru, BTW), that it is not the situation that makes us happy or passionate about things, instead, it is the other way around....yes...yes...yes!!! Thank you for that insightful comment:>)
      • Nov 4 2011: Hi Colleen,
        I very much appreciate your words. also I'm happy to know You have visited Peru .
        Thank You
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          Nov 5 2011: I appreciate your words as well Yuri. I LOVE Peru, and was very passionate about hiking part of the Inca trail to Machu Picchu and beyond...unbelievably beautiful:>)
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      Nov 4 2011: Yes indeed¡¡¡¡¡¡
    • Nov 5 2011: Thank you Yuri! Very thoughtful and inspirational thought!
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      Nov 6 2011: Very good Yuri and I think I get what you are expressing. Yet, as in my case, if you have lost happiness and feel no passion, then what? It is too common for people to lead dull, boring mundane lives or worse to live with depression and anxiety. This is what happened to me after a number of serious losses.

      I HAD to find myself again and to find my passion or was doomed to a sad existence.

      Luckily for me I have found myself and my passion and have reclaimed my life.

      Passionate people are engaged in all that life has to offer and I have been experiencing this too.

      Thank you for sharing your talents here with us.

      Bill
      • Nov 7 2011: Hi Bill,

        I'm glad what I share can help all... Just as other people's sharing help me.

        It's amazing to know we started finding ourselves.

        Thank you for a challenging question..
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      Nov 6 2011: " Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." - Albert Schweitzer

      Thank you for this quote Yuri. It is so true. And I appreciate your view:)
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    Nov 2 2011: Bill, people who know me might say, "He's the most seriously religious person I know," and perhaps one person has said it to me.

    When I was a child, my large, maternal family, from Tater Valley, Tennessee, said I’d make a good Bible preacher. But the boy had precious doubt: the God could not be so weak as to threaten believers.

    In college I focused on science and became a chemical engineer. Then, I fell in love with a Louisiana-French Catholic woman. LFC means she follows her family tradition, mind, and heart, not the Church. When my protestant peers refused to accommodate her in our Sunday school classes, I had a decision to make: stay with them or support her plus be true to myself—really decide what I think.

    I quit religion and took up classical reading, then expanded to US history leading to the US Constitution, health, human biology, evolution, and more. I filled the “churched” void by pondering social issues and writing letters to the editor. In my earliest letters, I expressed faith in the truth much of which is unknown. When people discussed it with me, they would say, “Your Christian faith failed you,” and I responded, “Faith in the truth takes more faith and courage than faith in an institution.”

    Fifteen years later, I still have faith in the truth much of which is unknown. I claim that I am a human being and member of the community of living species. Those are my preferences. About the ultimate validity of my preferences, I do not know. Therefore, I do not want anyone to join my path. However, I am very happy to share it, as I do not think many people have followed such a path, and that is my number one passion beyond my family and well being.

    So: I am passionate about my faith and discovered it through my wife and my childhood thoughts.

    Phil
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      Nov 2 2011: Faith in yourself, faith in your own critical thinking - that is important. I love being spiritual but religious - not so much.
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        Nov 2 2011: Thanks, Bill, for your dedication to your question and TEDsters’ responses.

        To clarify my statement, “my faith” refers to trust in and commitment to the truth much of which is unknown.

        If reality involves the supernatural, I must accept it, but, so far, it seems to me there is no supernatural beyond intellectual constructs. Therefore, I have no interest in supernatural ideas, such as souls. I do not consider myself spiritual.

        If we replace “tolerate” with “appreciate,” I like two statements in 90 seconds by Bertrand Russell. The first part is applicable to if not describes my faith:
        http://deskarati.com/2011/08/04/bertrands-wise-words/ .

        Phil
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          Nov 2 2011: Fact - "love is wise - hatred is foolish." B. Russell. As I like to say, "love is the verb for peace."
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    Nov 7 2011: Simple:whatever you are passionate about is effortless, time flies on wings when you do it, money does not come in the picture... you could do it for free if time/resources permitted...

    Food is my passion and i discovered it when i asked myself what would i do easily and happily for a lifetime...

    Of course its hard for people like me to have a single passion :)
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      Nov 7 2011: Hi Bulbul,
      It IS simple...I agree..."whatever you are passionate about is effortless, time flies on wings when you do it..."
      It may be hard for people like you and me to have a single passsion, because we bring passion to the experience, rather than waiting for the experience to bring passion to us.
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    Nov 6 2011: This is an interesting question. For myself, I wasn't passionate about anything other than my students until I turned 39. That was due to suffering from depression (sometimes mild and sometimes severe) and anxiety. It was difficult to have any sustaining passion, excitement or energy until I dealt with that inner sadness. Although I gave my students everything I had, in hindsight it was only a fraction of what it could have been, because I was a fraction of what I could have been.

    At 39 I decided I didn't want to live that way and made a decision to change my life. I decided to run 40K on my 40th birthday (I had no idea how far that really was!!) Once I put that energy into place, my life turned around...dramatically! I had no idea an exercise goal would change all other aspects of my life! (Note: I had NEVER exercised before...ever!)

    Because of that goal, I am now passionate about LIFE! I laugh on a daily basis whereas before I used to cry. Finding my passion was finding mySELF. Once I uncovered my inner spirit and dealt with the past pain...my life, my creativity, inspiration, vigor and energy exceeded anything I'd ever felt before.

    LIFE BECAME MY PASSION, for this I am very grateful.

    Thank you for this question...and I'm so glad to hear you found YOUR passion!

    With a smile,
    Tina
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      Nov 6 2011: Wow Tina, I am moved! Isn't 40K almost a marathon?? From this discussion I've learned there are SO many different ways that people find their passion.

      Once found I think a person then has the responsibility to express the passion and to share it, nurture and grow it. Maybe this is what unleashed the miracles in one's life.

      You have an inspirational story for sure. Thank you for sharing it.

      Bill
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        Nov 6 2011: Hi Bill...thank you...and yes, it most certainly is...but I saved the 42K (full marathon) for my 42nd birthday which was just last month...I literally smiled the entire way!
        http://the40by40.com/2011/10/the-jog-blog-marathon/

        I agree with your statement to share, nurture and grow your passion, but I think once you've discovered it, for me anyway, it's an automatic driving energy that makes you bounce out of bed excited to start the day...that's how it is for me now...

        Having lived in a dark cloud for so many years...it's a brand new life...and yes, I want to share, love, nurture, and help as much as I can!
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          Nov 6 2011: What a great route for the Victoria marathon! I have been to Victoria on holiday and toured all around where you ran. Just beautiful. Both Victoria and Vancouver are such beautiful cities and people.

          Great pictures on your blog!
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      Nov 6 2011: "Although I gave my students everything I had, in hindsight it was only a fraction of what it could have been, because I was a fraction of what I could have been." - Lovingly, beautifully and well said Tina :)
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        Nov 6 2011: Bill, so happy to hear you've been to Victoria! It was an absolutely gorgeous and inspiring route. I'm glad I made the choice to enJOY it rather than run to make a specific time and miss all the beauty that was around me. Thanks for checking out the photos! :)

        Juliette: Thank you...what a lovely comment! I am in contact with most of my students to this day even though I'm now in a different city, so I guess I did something right! :) Love travels miles...
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    Nov 1 2011: when you see what u are passionate about, you dont need anyone to tell you, you see yourself smiling while doing that, and whenever you see yourself or someone else doing same thing you feel so happy within you, for instance i love music, and when i sing i feel on top of the world, if i hear someone else sing i feel so happy, it makes me forget my pains, so at a time i came to realize that this is exactly what i would love to do, thats how i became a singer, you can discover what you are passionate about through ur instinct and feelings..
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      Nov 1 2011: "you see yourself smiling while doing that, and whenever you see yourself or someone else doing same thing"

      YA! A great clue to what your passion is aye? I dream about speaking in public about 3 times a week these days. That is my main passion. I love teaching, inspiring and making folks laugh.

      Keep singing!
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    Nov 6 2011: @ Phillip Beaver:
    Bla, bla, bla, bla.....NO, YOU TAKE.....Bla, bla, bla, bla...

    Please, live Bill out of this!

    Peace!
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    Nov 6 2011: Hi Bill,
    Great question. My passion found me. It's always been in me, but it was only recently that I recognized it! It was through the hardships of life and how I overcame them when I started acting on my passion. It's always been there. Caring and helping and entertaining. It's all about "Others" for me. What I have I share in order to bring a smile, warm a heart and give some comfort to your soul. Love my friend - that is my passion!
    BTW: it doesn't matter how many years it takes to pursue your passion. sometimes it just needs to develop more through experiences. I bet it was always there......
    Sincerely,
    Jeni
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      Nov 6 2011: Yes you are right! Seems like my passion was always there. It was just hidden under the decaying leaves of too many autumns. (ewww - that's kind of a dark and dismal image isn't it? ;)

      I think I know what you mean which is the joy of living and being "of service" to others. It is its own reward.

      Now you mentioned entertaining. What did you mean by that?

      Bill
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        Nov 6 2011: Being a person who usually sees the cup more than half full AND a gardener, I percieve your insightful statement as BEAUTIFUL, rather than "dark and dismal".

        Out of the composted fertile earth springs beautiful flowers......and love:>)
        I'm passionate about both;>)
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        Nov 6 2011: I used to have a passion to make people laugh and smile. In my younger years I did this through dance. I say entertain now because I believe we can entertain through conversation...... :)
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    Nov 6 2011: I have a great deal of passion, I love everything I do. I have no idea where it comes from:-)
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      Nov 6 2011: You are one of the lucky ones!! Wherever it comes from don't lose it!
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    Nov 5 2011: I am passionate about fish and the marine environment. I still remember getting my first mask at about 5 years old and being able to see clearly underwater. For years I tried to talk my father into joining me and he always was reluctant to put a mask on. I settled it by giving him a mask and snorkel for his birthday. He put it on his face and saw his first fish and was instantly hooked. That winter he asked if I would like to join him and take the Canadian Armed Forces Scuba Course. He was the oldest in the class and I was the youngest. That was 37 years ago and today I find myself president of the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society and an avid underwater videographer and fish sympathizer.
    I never tire of diving and what I have seen happen to the ocean in front of my own eyes, has motivated me to devote my life to stewarding the ocean and enlightening people on what is there to be seen and taken care of.
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      Nov 6 2011: Wow Roy! How utterly cool. To have known since age 5!!! I have walked under ancient seas while in the Grand Canyon but have never dived into today's oceans.

      Keep up your excellent work.

      Bill
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    Nov 4 2011: To discover we have to uncovering and see....but thats is a dare for most of the people...fear to remove the cover.
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      Nov 6 2011: Yes Jaime - seems I was one of these people for many years. Funny how it happens. Then I woke up.

      Like the way you expressed that!

      Bill
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    Nov 4 2011: When you can not stop thinking about it ! THIS IS IT! Now, you either have the opportunity to act on it and take a leap of faith!!

    Or you can either let fear rob you from that passion ! In either case, IT 'S ABOUT YOUR OWN CHOICE TO FOLLOW THAT PASSION.

    I really pray, that people can break out of their fear, and FOLLOW THEIR PASSION, because I'm sure, that we lost so many ideas, because of fear. JUST DO IT, like Nike said !!

    Cheers
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      Nov 4 2011: What a thought! "We lost so many ideas because of fear." Wow! And yes how practical....what you think about all the time! How true.

      So what do you think about all the time and how did you discover this thing, your passion?
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        Nov 4 2011: Thank you Bill!!

        I will start by saying : Where did I find my passion ? In my heart ! Cliché! Maybe, but so true to me!

        My passion is business, negotiation, business strategies, marketing etc., and people, I love the human race. God did a great job!

        I just love all the aspect of it. In my early adult age, 18 or so, I was buying books about business, finding book on the subject, I don't know, my attraction and interest was thriving me towards that path. When to school and studied it obviously. I'm looking forward to do my MBA.

        Along the way, because all came from my heart, it wasn't about the money aspect of it, but don't get me wrong, we need money to do business. So, I start to bring all the business sense that I have and mixed it with philantropy, because all came from my heart. Now I found my passion, putting all the knowledge of how to make money, and bring it, to the world that need it the most, philantropy.

        My passion is to take money from the rich and give it to the poor, kind of a modern "RobinE Hood". Right now I'm putting the Board together, great people already participating.

        I'm a philantropist businesswoman and my passion is to make money to help someone else. Best of both world, yes it is possible !!

        Cheers Bill! Check my website : www.fishcorporation.org
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          Nov 6 2011: Oui Mirelle. C'est bon. Please excuse my poor attempt with the beautiful French language but it has been too many years since university and any practice. I think I know what you mean about the excitement of business and not just the money.

          Business - commerce is what makes the world go round It is the buying and selling and moving of goods about the planet that bring people together. Of course greed and power corrupt completely but when in balance, commerce is a beautiful thing.

          I so enjoy the psychology of negotiations and the intellectual games to be played. My best friend from childhood now has a company in Toronto that does capital campaigns in the 1 to 5 M range for non-profits. A most interesting business and fella.

          Thank you for sharing!
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          Nov 6 2011: "My passion is to take money from the rich and give it to the poor."

          Bill seemed to wholeheartedly approve of this passion; I question it.

          With the word "take" it seems a tyranny--an oppressive, harsh, and unjust act. Unjust mostly toward the poor.

          After redistribution of the riches, how would the poor survive? Would the injustice I perceive become evident?

          Phil
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    Nov 2 2011: A key question. Early on, as a kid, I had the notion that the closer I looked at something the more beauty I would see. Why I sought beauty I don't know...perhaps it was my test pilot father taking us kids out to see the Mojave Desert's spectacular poppy and lupine and goldfield show in spring. I simply absorbed the flower identification guide my dad bought. I worry that kids these days have less opportunities to be similarly imprinted early on (I love the slogan "no child left inside"!). My passion had me making botanical illustrations in middle school, "looking into the throats of wildflowers". My science teacher at Malibu Junior High (now the High school) excused me from class so I could explore the nearby fields, choosing spring wildflowers to dissect and sketch. In college I got into plankton (living in Malibu gave me a marine orientation), and eventually I got into electron microscopy at Woods Hole (on Cape Cod). Now I am writing and illustrating a guide to single-cell creatures while living on a tiny Pacific atoll. The book will be published next year, a labor of 20 years. Late in life I heard the Navajo phrase "walking in beauty". There is something cosmic in beauty; despite my scientific training, it mystifies me. I remained an artist throughout my career, but had to invent my own job (as writer) to do so.
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      Nov 2 2011: Dear Dean,
      I LOVE what you have written, and agree wholeheartedly! The closer I look at something the more beauty I see, and "walking in beauty" resonates in every cell of my heart, mind, body and spirit energy.
      Since you know and love flowers, I'd like to share with you the space I occupy:>)

      Gardening is one of my many passions, and it fits perfectly with another passion, which is to leave the space I occupy on this earth a little bit cleaner than when I came here. My mom was in the gardens when she went into labor for me 65 years ago, and I have been in a garden ever since:>)

      http://smugdud.smugmug.com/Quintessential%20Vermont )
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      Nov 2 2011: Thanks for your story Dean. Seems like you were a natural at this passion thing. Keep it up!
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    Nov 2 2011: I found it when I was still doing it without getting paid.
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      Nov 2 2011: Okay Oliver sounds like you must love it if you did it for free. Is it now your paid gig? Care to share what it is and how you found it?
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        Nov 2 2011: I can't say that I get paid doing it a 100% because I do pro bono projects.

        I like creating, designing and building. I need my hands to be busy all the time. I find myself doing a new project for no reason at all. If my hands aren't busy, like while I'm sleeping, my brain takes over. :)

        Currently, I do a lot of graphic design and web development but I've done industrial design related projects too (furniture, packaging, etc.).

        I can also say that I am passionate about these things because I get support and approval from my family, colleagues and clients.

        I think to find your passion, it needs an audience.
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          Nov 2 2011: Thanks Oliver that's cool. "I think to find your passion, it needs an audience." There's a new thought!!

          Thanks
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    Nov 1 2011: I found that by going back to my childhood dreams, where anything is possible, I was able to find my passion. I also read a great book, "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron- which is where I found this path
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      Nov 1 2011: Wow, Aurora, I absolutely love this! It so resonates with my experience. I had such a hard time finding my passion because I never really looked and it never jumped up and bit me. I started playing ice hockey at 53 because of a childhood dream that I totally had forgotten. Thanks for sharing.
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        Nov 1 2011: You see? It did whisper to you. I just knew it.
        Lately, the idea that our deepest passions and gifts whispered to us when we were young, and are still there speaking to us when we clear away the outside noise to hear them...even 50 years later, astounds me and begs asking whether it's already planted when we arrive. Do you think it is?
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          Nov 2 2011: I gotta give it to you - you're right. The dream was forgotten. I had started to emerge from my cry baby cave after the big D and stuff started happening. A friend and I were visiting and he asked, "hey, did you ever think about playing ice hockey?" There was no whispering about that one. It was loud and clear. And its not a world changing big picture passion but its something that brings me so much joy and I needed to get some joy back in my life so it is an important one for me.

          Peace on ya! Enjoy your comments.
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      Nov 1 2011: LOVE IT!!! Explore life with the curiosity and unconditional love of a child:>)
  • Oct 31 2011: To get passionate at first one has to find out what one loves most. It’s not an easy thing to do. Some people can spend X years, chasing all sorts of things and yet not knowing what exactly they want to do with their lives. Some people go to University and study something because their parents want them to study or they friends study and they want to study the same (this counts for sport as well). in this way they think they can discover what they love, but during that time either they start to love it or they get bored. “Seek and ya shall find” isn’t always working, because one can seek and seek.

    To me there were two things to find out: INSPIRATION and DESPERATION (only these two make me to take actions.)
    I simply ask myself:
    for INSPIRATION – How loud a telephone has to be before it let me know that it needs to be answered?
    for DESPERATION – How uncomfortable my chair (situation) has to be to let me know that I have to leave?

    Then I start to ACT, and the funniest thing is that I discover something that I am passionate about and get inspired when I do nothing “important”, such as cycling, walking, travelling, etc.

    Sometimes we get hold back because of FEAR of UNKNOWN, fear of losing or just because someone tells us we can’t do it. NOTHING VANTURED NOTHING GAINED! No pain no gain.

    Let me remind us some power words
    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,
    Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
    It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us”
    By Marianne Williamson
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    Oct 30 2011: I am passionate about everything in every single moment. For me, it hasn't been a matter of "discovering" anything, it's been a matter of being aware of all there is to be passionate about, and following that which makes my heart sing. For me, it's always been about opening my heart and mind to the possibilities. Look around you..."BE" totally engaged in whatever you're doing in the moment. What comes first...passion...or the reason for passion? Do we wait for passion to knock on our door? Or do we create it? I like creating it as part of the life journey... It's a choice in every moment:>)
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      Oct 31 2011: Sounds like you are a real lover of life! What would you say are your top three things you are passionate about and how did you discover these passions? I am genuinely curious to know HOW people found their passions.
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        Oct 31 2011: I AM a lover of life, and as I said, I am passionate about everything in every single moment. What part of that statement do you not understand? I don't have "three things" I am passionate about. Right now, my focus and passion is on taking care of my brother, who has cancer and is not doing well. I do that with passion...totally engaged in the process. I don't "find" passion...I AM passionate about everything I do.

        There is no reason to look outside ourselves for "something" in my humble perception. Passion is something we create in our "self"...or not.
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          Oct 31 2011: I get that Colleen. I'm rather that way myself. Your comment made me think about passion differently. Awhile back someone asked us (not on TED) to list 20 things someone might not know about you, or something of that nature. The first thing I wrote was, "I wake up happy." However, I don't necessarily equate that with passion.

          I generally place passion into the file that says what one loves to do, a cause or group of people one feels deeply enough about to move them to action, lights the fire in our belly, etc., but you're right. Passion is an attitude too, isn't it? It's how we show up towards life. I completely get that, and am most definitely that way myself when it comes to work I care about, people I love, the world around me in general. It pours out like a spring. Thank you for that.

          We've begun to use the word passion categorically - as it applies to a particular thing we do. And I think that's true too. It's also a way of being, or how we show up towards life, towards everything that presents itself to us. Nice.
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        Oct 31 2011: Hi Linda,
        I cannot even imagine limiting myself to only 3 things to be passionate about!!! Humans seem to like categorizing things, and I do not like that process. I live in the moment, and I percieve everything to be connected, so whatever I'm doing at any given time is my passion. Whether I'm hiking the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal, the Inca trail in Peru, skiing, sailing, biking, kayaking, gardening, or taking care of a sick relative or friend, etc. etc. etc., I am passionate about the moment.

        Yes, for me, passion is an attitude...it's how we "show up" for life...it's how we "flow" with life. I really don't care how people choose to use the word, but it seems limiting to me to choose only a couple things to be passionate about.
        You're welcome. I am passionate about spreading the word about passion.....LOL:>)
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          Oct 31 2011: I hear you about passion...laughing :)

          And I know we both hear Bill too, being in a job (or jobs) for decades doing what he thought he should, and woke up to find what made his heart beat faster and maybe even shook him at his core. That's revelatory, at best! I love being witness to that in others ...as, I imagine, you are too. We don't know each other yet, but it's clear you're passionate about passion - no matter its form. :)
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          Oct 31 2011: Colleen and Linda, Thank you for sharing your insights. You have taken me deeper into this thought. The fire in the belly expressed in some kind of action are both parts of the thing. For so long I didn't feel any. Now inspiration and passion for things are all around me. I now know what brings me joy.

          Gratefully.......
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          Nov 2 2011: Colleen, Bill kindly asked for the top three--not a limit. It seems to me you were not passionate about responding to his simple request.

          I'm passionate about my family and friends, my work in retirement,reading social issues and writing letters to the editor, planning family vacations and trips, supporting my daughters careers, etc.

          But when a friend asked me to check on another friend, and I found him in a wrecked home, bleeding from all four limbs due to diabetes, suffering from multiple-myeloma, in cold rain with a crew rebuilding his house, I convinced him to come to my home. He was there for twelve days, bleeding for the first week and doing far worse in his illness. Then, there was only one passion for me. My family felt foresaken and abused yet understood.

          If I am going to bother responding to Bill, he has my whole passion while I am responding. I think that is what TED is for.

          Forgive me for being so bold to say what I think.

          Phil
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        Nov 2 2011: Dear Phil,
        I am aware of what Bill asked for, and I honestly answered from my perspective and life experience. I DO NOT have "the top three" passions, and as I explained clearly, I am passionate about whatever I am engaged in at the moment.

        I do not have anything to "forgive" you for, because I do not judge you. Your interpretation of, and displeasure with my response is interesting.
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          Nov 6 2011: Dear Colleen, I appreciate your response as well as Bill's approval of it.

          Yet, I remain frustrated with the equivocation of "top three" as “limit.” It seems disingenuous and your response to my concern seems to be: So what? It’s my business.

          That’s OK, too, if that’s how it is. Even that is none of my business.

          Phil
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        Nov 6 2011: Phil,
        Being frustrated is YOUR choice. Judging another person for what s/he feels is YOUR choice. What I choose to be passionate about is MY choice, and I am very clear about that. As I said, your displeasure and continuing frustration with my response is interesting...and amusing!
    • Oct 31 2011: Hi Colleen and Bill,

      Colleen's observation is one that I couldn't have said better!
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        Nov 3 2011: Thank you Richard:>)
        I truly believe that passions do not necessarily come to us, nor do we need to find or seek passions. My life experience shows me that passion is an energy I carry with me wherever I go, in each and every moment. It is like many other emotions or feelings that people are looking for "out there somewhere", when all the time, we have the choice to really "see" our world differently with knowing our "self".
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    Oct 30 2011: For me it's about synthesis. How do the pieces fit together in larger wholes while seeing the connections that translates into wise action.
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      Oct 31 2011: So Craig, what are the three things you are most passionate about and how did you discover them?
  • Nov 8 2011: When I first joined a telcom industry (Telnor) handing brand communication for a youth brand (Djuice), I knew I found my passion. The ability to create something at a mass level is something that brings an overwhelming sense of joy.

    Recently I've created a Consumer Engagement Platform for the youth of Dhaka called Nxtation. I'm happy to say that all of our shows till date has been sold out, and concept of fusion music is well appreciated in the Bangladeshi Market.
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    Nov 8 2011: Pencils and paper were cheap.
    I could draw in an attempt to make sense of my world and to sublimate.
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    Nov 7 2011: With your help, we can alter the future of mankind. Will you join forces with me?
    • Nov 7 2011: Hi Michael,

      I already have.

      I am passionate about promoting nuclear power. Carbon-based fuels are cheap thus developing nations (and us) will use them. In the 2012 issue of Infinite Energy I will present a case for the Lake Superior Complex. It is advanced nuclear technology to tackle global warming. By installing 20,000-30,000 mW of installed capacity every year for the next 100 years, here, in the Soviet Union and China we can make a dent in eliminating carbon-based fuels something, absent cheap energy, will never occur.

      My reactor complex would cost less that the stiumulus packages and make us not only energy independent but the largest exporters of hydrogen, steel, aluminum and petrochemical products anywhere in the world.

      Chernobly was irrelevant. The Japanese should not build nuclear plants on the "Ring Of Fire"; hence the Diablo Canyon reactors are a bad idea. The Lake Superior complex is in the most seismically quiescent
      area anywhere in the world.

      I am passionate about hormesis the proven ability of organisms including humans to benefit from low-levels of radiation. This has been proven in countless studies including the most recent in Chernobyl where it was demonstrated that mice exposed to the radiation there lived longer than the control mice. The Japanese exposed to low-level radiation will live longer, more cancer-free lives than those not exposed to the radiation.

      I am passionate about picketing Greenpeace in the future who I regard as environmental terrorists for shutting down nuclear power in this country. What those "geniuses" didn't do was ask themselves one simple question in the 1970's forward, "What will replace nuclear power if we shut them down?"

      The answer was coal, of course, because wind and solar back then couldn't even add a trivial amount of installed capacity.

      Greenpeace and their ilk over the next fifty years will cause over 50 million coal-related deaths and trillions of dollars in direct and indirect environmental costs.
    • Nov 7 2011: HI Bill and Michael,

      I became passionate about hormesis simply because I put in the search parameter "benefical effects of low-level radiation" and I found hormesis. Here is a small segment of my article.

      "The primary ill effect of Chernobyl with the exception of the firefighters and helicopter pilots who were exposed to high-level radiation is psychological. Wouldn’t you feel ill effects of this psychological abuse?

      " Here are the facts: Cows exposed to high levels of radiation during the Trinity tests of the A-bomb in 1946 had to be euthanized because of extreme old age. Mice exposed to uranium dust at ten times the maximum dose level during the Manhattan project lived longer than control groups. Men working at Los Alamos who ingested large quantities of radioactive plutonium had lower mortality than the average population. Workers in the UK nuclear industry had a lower incidence of cancer than the general population. Moderate exposure to radon, a radioactive gas, correlates with good lung health. In fact radon is regarded as a biomedical treatment in Europe. Extremely low levels of radon correlate with elevated levels of lung cancer.

      "Here are the mechanisms of hormesis: 1) Low levels of radiation stimulate the immune system; high levels suppress it, 2) Damaged cells “commit suicide”, a process called, “Apoptosis”, rather than spread the damage; this process is enhanced by low levels of radiation, 3) Repair enzymes flourish in response to low levels of radiation (that which doesn’t kill me makes me stronger), 4) The real culprit in cancer is, “Reactive Oxygen Species—ROS”, scavenging processes to remove them are enhanced by low-level radiation, but high levels depress it.

      "Radiation can alter cell cycle timing. This can extend the time before the next cell division (mitosis). Damage repair is most effective before the next mitosis, so changing the available time can be important."
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        Nov 7 2011: Michael, I think you're statements are built upon a some wishfull thinking.

        Quote:" Damaged cells “commit suicide”, a process called, “Apoptosis”, rather than spread the damage; this process is enhanced by low levels of radiation,"

        For all I know this isn't quite the case. It is rather that the cell has to revivified constantly by neighboring cells as long as it’s properly functioning. If a cell is damaged it is no longer supported and dies. If this health check on any cell fails because that mechanism is distorted it will grow independent into a tumor.

        Evidence about the effect of radiation on health is hard to get for all parties that have their own agenda and interest in the subject.
        Maybe make up your own mind: http://tinyurl.com/5v4axea
  • Nov 7 2011: I was a tour guide at Howe Caverns for a total of 18 seasons---an old man working with kids. What a blast! Of course you have lots of caves in Tennessee.
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    Nov 6 2011: It's just being at the right place at the right time, with the right people influencing you. I don't think it's one thing that I can name. A lot of different things by themselves wouldn't have made me passionate about the world, but combine them all and you create a passionate me:)
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      Nov 7 2011: Thanks Emil,

      Boy I sure get it about timing and people. I try to create a sense of wonder in life by asking myself, "what interesting and amazing person am I going to meet this week and what wonderful collaboration might come from it?"

      Is it a wonderful world? It is but only if there's wonder in you.

      Thanks my friend.
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        Nov 7 2011: No, thank you for bringing up this conversation. As much as I believe that everyone's "triggers" to become passionate are unique, if we can somehow discover patterns or connection we could try to use it in the education system which would completely revolutionize the world. Now there's an idea worth spreading!
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    Nov 6 2011: Laurie--

    I've pondered this.

    In my mind it was more a celebratory "lesson" for coaches, players and viewers than for the young man. My sense is he, as many differently-gifted people, has a closer relationship with his abilities and powers than observers do/did.

    I think this deeper story behind our initial glee for/with this young man should be self-evident.

    But your comment reminds me how detached our society can be from this man's reality. Which needs no pity. Only equal respect: your point.

    He's used to and content being different.

    So the enlightened moment in this video is when others understand the unseen connection they/we have with this delightful young man.

    The only way people could see how similar he is to them, is through THEIR measurements of ability, happiness and success. Only when they saw him win in ways THEY understand quite clearly can they FINALLY understood he is more one of them than not.

    I imagine he knows this.

    Notice he never appears uncomfortable with himself. He is open and accepting of his enthusiastic energies and differences. By contrast, note the discomfort expressed by the coach, father and even in the body language of some of the players early on in the video.

    Only when the coach dares be fully open and accepting does he, his players and the crowd get the whole picture of this player's potentials. It seems, and I agree, is unfair that he was only given four minutes at the end of the season.

    What's heartening is four minutes is all this young man's irrepressible spirit needs to send a transformative message no one previously comprehended. Only four minutes for him to prove, what in fact, because of the brilliant part of his difference, has no need or desire to prove. That he's a star.

    That this epiphany comes so late in the game exemplifies the lesser intelligence of those of us who measure others and ourselves by superficial exogenous non-essential norms.

    A problem with win-lose societies.

    Andrea
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    Nov 6 2011: A little over 20 years ago I discovered a passion for teaching, that began with volunteer work at my local high school. A science teacher was overloaded with students that year, and was open to me coming into his classroom one day a week to help with labs.

    Volunteerism is an open door to all kinds of new experiences that may just change the course of your personal life or professional life.
  • Nov 6 2011: When cold fusion burst on the scene it arose in a media circus. This tainted a legitimate branch of science. Then the hot fusion cabal took over. They feared loss of funding for their $15 billion hot fusion boondoggle. MIT hot fusion scientists cooked the data from the initial tests i.e. if you look at the graph they used it was obvious the data had been deliberately misinterpreted to argue against excess heat. They used that corrupted data to convince DOE to provide no funding for cold fusion research.

    They installed their man at the bureau of Patents and Trademarks to disallow cold fusion inventions as being counter to modern physics.

    Randall Mills fought for years losing valuable time to get his technology through the patent process.

    Any university undertaking cold fusion research was threatened with loss of funding from Washingtion if "they had so much as one graduate student working on it"

    One of the greatest electrochemists of all times, John O'M Bockris detected nuclear "ash" from his cold fusion, tritium. A known science writer went to his laboratory under the guise of doing a story on it was, in actuality, determined to prove it was af fraud. He allegedly was paid $30,000 by hot fusion lobbyists to write a book to discredit cold fusion research and researchers.

    Main stream publications refuse to publish legitimate results documented hundreds of times of excess heat, produced reliably in a short period of time. This is being kept out of the journals by hot fusion scientists protecting their research dollars and their reputations. They have made a living promoting their model of physics. Along comes a paradigm shift that they refuse to recognize.

    This is what is meant by pathological denial i.e. the falsificatin of facts because they contradict theory. This cabal with support from the media is slowly changing, but we lost 20 years of good reseach because of a hot fusion/conventional physics cabal.
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    Nov 6 2011: @Bill
    Beautiful French Bill, just beautiful!! I can only imagine, this beautiful English accent speaking French, we go crazy for this sound over here in Canada.

    Yes this is it "the psychology on negociations and the intellectual games to be played", that's a thrill, isn't?? Yes, just love the game!! When it played with greatness, all parties involved, are please...well, this is passion at is best !

    I'm happy for your friend in TO (Toronto-Ontario), great job!!! You should send him my website address, not for his money, but maybe doing something by putting both our strength in the same endeavours and give!

    Have a great life Bill, be blessed !!
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      Nov 6 2011: I will forward him you website. He is a terrific person. And I am one American who loves the French. I know you are in Montreal but I just had to say that as many here make fun of and disparage the French.

      "Bien sur! Every man has two countries: his own and France".
      Thomas Jefferson, the day after the Battle of Yorktown, the final battle in our revolutionary war. In that battle French warships prevented the powerful British navy from shelling American troops enabling them to defeat the British. Without the French - no victory.

      And one more thing, there is nothing more attractive that a woman with a French accent.

      Blessing to you too.
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        Nov 12 2011: Hello Bill,

        Sorry for the delay, got cut up in work !

        Vive Napoléon et Joséphine!! I'm on the same page as you Bill, nothing more attractive, then an English man with a French accent!

        Have a wonderful Saturday !

        Mireille
        PS: On the contrary of anybody else, I love Americans....men, and Michele Obama!
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          Nov 12 2011: Well we love you!! And I still subscribe to Obama's message of hope in these challenging times!