More on passionate pursuits

grobetrotter:

I suppose my idea for the post was so great, that many impostors popped up. Like this Oliver Emberton, who is he anyways?! http://oliveremberton.com/2014/how-to-find-your-passion/

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Joking – this guy has some good stuff to say. And he even uses color-coded graphs.

 

Color-Coded graphs
Color-Coded graphs

Originally posted on Grobetrotter:

If you went through the American educational system, worked for a real corporation or read any career self-help book, you must have been told that you’re supposed to do what you’re passionate about and then you will become happy and successful. Well, this is sort of a stupid career advice.I had a conversation about this with yet another fellow overachiever and decided it’s about time I put some thoughts in writing.

First,if I knew what I am passionate about, I’d be doing it already, won’t I?

Second, after about 20-30 years of being conditioned that having job is the necessary evil, means to an end, the responsible choice or whatnot, it’s very hard to be able to associate the positive emotional sensation of passion to something so logical and cold as building my own career. I am passionate about sleeping, eating, traveling. If I just did those for…

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The big fat lie behind doing what you’re passionate about

If you went through the American educational system, worked for a real corporation or read any career self-help book, you must have been told that you’re supposed to do what you’re passionate about and then you will become happy and successful. Well, this is sort of a stupid career advice.I had a conversation about this with yet another fellow overachiever and decided it’s about time I put some thoughts in writing.

First,if I knew what I am passionate about, I’d be doing it already, won’t I?

Second, after about 20-30 years of being conditioned that having job is the necessary evil, means to an end, the responsible choice or whatnot, it’s very hard to be able to associate the positive emotional sensation of passion to something so logical and cold as building my own career. I am passionate about sleeping, eating, traveling. If I just did those for work, I would probably not be passionate about them anymore.

Third, people who are REALLY passionate about one and only thing scare me, quite frankly. It’s a form of OCD. Have you ever been in a conversation with a fishing or golf enthusiast for more than 5 minutes? What about those people who are really passionate about trading derivatives, creating power points, feeding the homeless, or making crochet baby animals? In the begging of the conversation, you think to yourself “oh, how interesting!”. One hour later (or probably less, depending on your level of patience), this thought has most certainly developed to “please get me out of here!!”.

My point is to tell you, dear career-frustrated readers, that you should stop wasting your time on waiting for your passion to illuminate your future career path. Almost everyone is in the same boat, so you’re not alone in your narcissist obsessions. The important point is that if you’re trying to discover your passion, it means that you’re most likely unhappy with your current situation. My medicine: make a change. Any change: department, company, location, friends. The worst thing one can do to his or her self is complain about the status quo and not take action to change it.

Not ready to make a physical change yet? Make a mental shift. The big corporation, aside from enslaving your soul with promises of a big paycheck, fancy titles and incredible “growth opportunities”, normally possesses an incredible array of resources at your disposal: free access to any kind of market research, an army of experts of on every possible subject and functional area, and a huge global network of contacts. Try exploiting those to learn about anything and everything. if you try hard enough, you might find some inspiration.

First signs of reverse cultural shock

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Everyone keeps asking me how is it to be back. Some of the strange things I found worth noting :

1. Supermarkets are quite overwhelming: the variety, abundance, cleanliness and incredibly polite and friendly employees. It makes me feel like a cave woman being transported to modern times as I stare in bewilderment at the fresh baked cookie stand, right between the full sushi bar and the organic foods hall.

2. You don’t have to walk more than 200 meters (and this is if you’re unlucky and couldn’t find closer parking at Costco), ever. Unless you want to. This has already made me extremely lazy and I’m slowly transforming into a couch potato.

3. Having to drive 10 miles (~16km) to find a non-chain coffee shop. The good news is that thanks to a robust highway system, it takes only 15-20 mins so is somewhat equivalent to going to a coffee shop a few subway stops away.

4. Having to drive in order to be able to walk somewhere interesting or even to the gym. It’s true that one can certainly walk or bike around the neighborhood but the biggest action to be encountered a dog barking at the neighbor’s cat or a kid falling off her bicycle. Street art, music, social gathering are all things to plan around.

5. Online shopping – a world of opportunities is now open, without having to worry about credit card fraud or goods being stolen by the post office.

6. Having to reply to emails even if there’s nothing to say. I got used to Brazilian style of selective replies to only people you care about, need something from or have a concrete response to deliver. Americans are so much more efficient with emails that I constantly feel guilty if I don’t reply right away. The guilt feeling hasn’t caused behavioral change yet. But maybe soon.

7. Speaking in English to everyone outside the home. I still have the urge to interact with people (especially servers) in Portuguese. It seems so strange that they know English…

8. Not constantly finding hair in my food . This one is a cool upgrade.

I will keep updating as I run into more useless observations.

From Rio’s Chaos to Austin’s suburbia

My Rio adventure is now over. Now, I’m starting the readjustment process to Austin, TX, a place that has changed so much in the 8 years since I left.
Step 1: stop saying “Oi” (“hey” in Portuguese) to everyone I meet.

Some photos from my city exploration. They are mostly from downtown Austin. Suburbs don’t provide as many photography opportunities.

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A Texan Walmart discovery
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Art in your back yard – Jardim Botanico

The bohemian neighborhood of Jardim Botanico organized a magical walk through the galleries called Circuito das Artes. After 3 years in Rio, I got to once more discover hidden alleys and cute galleries while checking out some great home decor ideas.

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