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Bill Burns

The Ownership Project

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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 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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