It's tough to recommend a long video like this. It's an hour and a half for chrissakes. I know you don't have that time. I know. But this talk by Sir Ken Robinson is absolutely transformative. I'm still watching it and it already changed the way I see management and parenting.
He tells a story of a kid named Bart Conner. When Bart was six could walk on his hands as easily as he could walk on his feet. He enjoyed it. There's not really a future in that, of course. But he enjoyed it. And he was quite popular at parties. When he was eight, his mom talked to the gym teacher and arranged for him to go into gymnastics. He said when he first walked into the gymnasium it was just intoxicating. Vaults. Pole bars. Balance beam. He was overwhelmed by it. He started going every day. Ten years later he was in the Montreal Olympics. He since became the most decorated American gymnist in history. He’s married to Nadia Kominichi. Together with her, he runs a gymnastics school for disabled athletes. His mother could not have anticipated where it would have gone. But she knew she had to encourage it. She invested in what she saw in front of her. She didn’t have a game plan. Life is not linear. It’s organic.
Some people have to make this kind of thing happen on their own...without a supporter like Bart had.
Paul McCartney didn’t like music at school and nobody thought he had any potential whatsoever. Same thing with George Harrison. John Cleese went from Kindergarten to Grad school and nobody thought he had a sense of humor. Elvis Presley wasn’t allowed to join the Glee Club.
We all face tacit levels of disapproval. Be generous to other people and their attempts to do this thing.
What's your thing? If you don't know, you MUST find it. Otherwise you'll never really know who you are.