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Expose Yourself!

The major key to discovering new interests and passions is EXPOSURE, but it’s also about testing those interests and passions to see how far down the rabbit hole you want to go. Is it a life-long passion where you want to re-invent rocketry and take the planet to Mars (Elon Musk)? Or, is it enough to know a bunch of constellations, and simply be in awe of the universe (Me)? That’s important to know—preferably before we send our students to college—and it’s also not the only difference between Elon Musk and myself!

We need to teach students how (and also allow them to) expose themselves to far more things, in far less time, and for nearly zero cost.

Can we even do this?—you ask.

Oh, yea!! I’m going to show you how.

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Doctor Who and Purpose

The takeaway idea from the podcast story, In Bloom is actually an exercise from my course, Design Your Life: Like an Architect. The story and this takeaway idea are both inspired by the show, Doctor Who. It’s the last exercise from Part I of the course which is all about discovering, uncovering, and defining your purpose (click there to read a blog post about why purpose is so important).

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Habits: The Machine of Life

Bring it back around

Your blueprint is in your hand! Holy cow, batman! Galloping gargoyles! Golly gee… ok, I’ll stop. Seriously though, it’s an incredible feeling when we finish a creation of any kind. And finishing a blueprint for our lives… even more so! But, now what? As the architect, what do we do next? Well… it’s time to build the thing! It’s time to put our plan into action and see our design come to life. Building something, though, is a whole other process that ends up opening up a new round of questioning. Just like how we started in part 1, we need to ask, “Where do we begin?” The answer:  The Foundation.

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Careers: The Buffet of Life

Let’s Sketch Our Careers!

If you were an architect, at this stage in the process you would have all the information you need. You’d have all the details, the purpose, and the tools you have to work with. Now what? It’s time to start imagining and dreaming and forming buildings in your mind. Then, sketching different structures out before you that incorporate all those pieces we talked about earlier. And you wouldn’t settle on your first idea either. You would try new approaches, new designs, add details, subtract details. How many sketches would be enough? Enough is when you feel it. When the right one hits you… yes, that one… the perfect design sketched out before you. Your heart fluttering with the excitement of it and you stare at it, marvel at it. It’s incredible! Beautiful! Perfect!

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Interests: The Play of Life

Let’s Imagine

Ok, let’s step back into our imagination. We are an Architect. We’ve outlined the purpose of our design, and all the details we want to include in it. It’s really starting to take shape in our mind, but now we need to start considering how we’re going to put it all together into one design. The first part of that answer is just knowing what tools we have at our disposal to work with. For our life:  What interests us? Notice, I didn’t say, “What are we good at?”