Finding Career Inspiration in a Nutshell's image of mixed nuts’s image of mixed nuts

If you’ve already read Daniel H. Pink’s book, Drive, then you’re probably aware of his career advice to deemphasize focus on finding passion in your work and focus more on “doing” your work.

Do you agree with Pink’s advice when it comes to finding passion in your work?

Have you given up the drive (pun intended) to find passion in your career endeavors, or, are you still seeking assignments that light a personal flame within?

After working in marketing for almost 20 years, I’m still excited about the business function of marketing and am still finding excitement and passion in my work.  I tend to agree less with Pink on the topic and more with Ralph Waldo Emerson who once said, “Nothing great can be accomplished without enthusiasm.”

Sometimes you can rediscover and stoke the flame of career passion by listening to the inspirational words of team members and industry colleagues.  Just today, for example, my excitement and passion for social media marketing was flamed by a self-proclaimed nut – a social media nut, that is!

To whom am I referring?  Pam Moore is the woman who refers to herself as a “100% social nut.”

After watching Pam’s concise and engaging TweetChat video tutorial I was reinvigorated about using new social media tools, like TweetChat, and participating in new digital marketing channels.

What about you?  When was the last time someone inspired you about your job and specific career participation?  Who was that person, and did you thank them?

This post serves as my thank you to @PamMktgNut.


Designer blue jeans and descriptive nouns

CVintage 80s Gloria Vanderbilt jean pocket imageNN correspondent Anderson Cooper recently debuted his day-time talk show in the U.S. titled, “Anderson.”  Earlier this week, Mr. Cooper conducted a special interview with his mother, living legend Gloria Vanderbilt.  At 86 years old, Ms. Vanderbilt is still leading a creative life — she’s recently written a new book and is still producing her own fine art.

Ms. Vanderbilt hasn’t been a part of mainstream media focus in several years and is no longer involved in the world of fashion design.  Still, it’s likely that many women in their 30s and 40s today who are witnessing the summer-to-fall, “new” trend of colored denim jeans are recalling their childhood and teenage closets in the early 1980s where Gloria Vanderbilt designer jeans once lived.

The first statement within the Wikipedia listing for Ms. Vanderbilt includes six descriptive nouns to describe Ms. Vanderbilt as a person.  She is described as an “American artist, author, actress, heiress, and socialite most noted as an early developer of designer blue jeans.”

How many descriptive nouns would you use if you were asked to draft a similar statement to define yourself right now?  And how would you prioritize your list of descriptive nouns?  And, how many more descriptive nouns may be added to your list in the future?

How to define one’s self is a critical aspect of life.  Often individuals are passive in the task, allowing others to define their roles and contributions.  In his essay, “Self-Reliance,” Ralph Waldo Emerson urged readers to trust their own inner voices and hold steadfast to their own points of view.

With so much data being generated across traditional and new media communications channels today, the ability to make one’s own distinct voice and perspective heard among the masses of information is a significant challenge.  I wonder what related advice Emerson would give to individuals who are trying to meet this current challenge?

After watching Anderson Cooper interview Gloria Vanderbilt, I’m guessing that Ms. Vanderbilt might prefer to actively define herself further and appreciate the authors of her Wikipedia listing editing the listing to include a seventh descriptive noun: mother.

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