Finding Your Passion and Fighting Like Hell


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I haven’t written about the great adventure I have been on for the last six weeks, because I didn’t want to jinks myself. But I trust my intuition and it is screaming that it is time to spill the beans… with everything except the final exam complete, I wish to share my most recently imposed challenge.

For three years now, I have been working for a wonderful non-profit organization that embraces and encourages entrepreneurial spirits and endeavors. So when I sat down with my President and in one conversation explained my desire to become a Certified Grant Writing Consultant and to go back to college for my Masters degree, he did not seemed too surprised. Additionally, he committed to supporting my dreams, hopes and visions as long as I get out there and do the work. Since that day, almost two seasons have passed.

I would be a liar if I did not admit that I was a little surprised to hear the words coming out of my own mouth. Here I sat talking to the man who signs my pay checks every two weeks, who has almost 40 years of experience in the field I wish to continue to fashion a career full of possibilities…

It took months of research, planning and calculation, but all the wheels for these two endeavors are in motion. Phew. Now to the doing. I have six weeks worth of course material to review then the only thing that stands between me and Certified Grant Writing Consultant is a final pass or fail exam. I have been accepted into my graduate program of choice and my course work begins in January 2013. So as I said, now to the doing.

I get tired, second guess myself, get sick and get frustrated with the best of them. Sometimes I feel cut off from those I love the most. My heart breaks for all the people I cannot help and all the impossible situations I can do nothing about. I doubt not that I don’t know FAR more than I do; and that I will never know all that I don’t know that I don’t know. How do I overcome this?

I reach out into this big wide world to people just like my President who know that we cannot save and equip them all, but we can fight like hell and advocate for those who are willing to help themselves. We can share our visions, find our passions, and hold on for dear life.

Three people who have greatly inspired me over this transition time are the authors to the books pictured above: Geno Church, Chris Brogan and Julian Smith.

Grandma Shirley used to call me a Pollyanna. At 32 years old today, I believe whole-heartedly that one passionate, committed, deliberate, and determined person can and will change the world, if they stay out of their own way!

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