I have always wanted to build something, but I just did not know what. I am not an engineer, a graphic designer or great with my hands. My journey took me years to figure out and be able to verbalize my passion to others. I went through career changes from being a consultant, to human resource manager, to public school teacher, to manager of an education department before I figured out that I loved developing the future of human performance and education. I wake up, read, talk about and work on anything that will improve outcomes for learners and help educators reach those outcomes. I love the work that I do and am driven to create what I see as the future of education.
Passion drives Motivation:
I was able to make my experiences and passions align, because it is the internal motivation that drives me when I am doing the things that I am definitely not motivated to do. I am very purposeful in limiting my focus to innovation focused on education, or that can be adapted to improve education, because the only commodity that I have control over is my effort and time that can be used to make my dent in the world. I have started and worked for multiple organizations around education and remain engaged in the work that I am doing because I can trace it back to my core passion of improving outcomes for learners and helping educators.
Passion make Networking Easy:
Once I was able to identify what I was passionate about, I was able to find others that shared similar passion and engage with them. These people became my “tribe” that I lean on to provide feedback on what I am doing. I was purposefully focused on finding the people that were going to be there when things were not going well, because I knew that they will be there when things are going right. However, I do not limit my conversations to just people that are in my network, I am constantly sharing with people outside of my own network to keep it growing and in touch with the rest of the world.
Passion makes Businesses
Finally, I always try to share what I am trying to do with others because the only way to have someone else support the work that you are doing is to engage them in the conversation. The funny thing is that I found that talking with possible competitors is a great thing, and often they are not as interested in the work that I am trying to do and can become supporters. Most often, I have found that people are not going to do what you are planning to do because they don’t have the same experiences or opportunities to work from and are more than willing to support others.
Adam Helbig is Business Director for TutorGen, Inc (www.tutorgen.com), an research based adaptive learning company focused on improving outcomes for learners and educators at all levels. He is passionate about education, innovation and helping people build on their passions. Feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @arhelbig.