One of my favorite things to do is interviewing people who are on fire about what they're doing. So when I look at what 22 year-old Brett Farmiloe is doing, I find myself turning just a tiny shade of green (as in, with envy).
Brett and three friends are traveling around the country in an RV interviewing people who love what they're doing. They call their project Pursue the Passion. Yesterday, I had the good fortune to have the tables turned and wound up on the receiving end of one of his interviews.
As luck would have it, Cecilia Goodnow, a journalist from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, was interested in sitting in on our interview, and this morning there was an article about Pursue the Passion that quoted liberally from our conversation (plus there was a picture including me with a very goofy look on my face).
In the early days, interviewing a series of people who had sucessfully pursued their passions played a significant role in my transformation from marketing guy to Passion Catalyst. While the work itself (i.e., facilitating exploration and discovery) was natural for me, the fact remained that my background was in marketing, not careers.
Not only did the cumulative information I gleaned from the interviews help me create a frame of reference for my work, it also played a big role in keeping me inspired and energized as I worked through the immensely difficult first year of recreating myself.
Take a look at your own career. What do you want to know about? Who could you interview to find that information? You just might be surprised what comes out of it.
An interesting side note, one of the people I interviewed that first year was Richard Tait, co-founder of the game company Cranium. I e-mailed him out of the blue, and he was gracious enough to take the time to meet with me. Five years later, that random connection turned into the cover story of the most recent issue of Motto magazine.
You just never know where things will lead you.
Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM