July Week Of Many Events

In the coming week, I will be meeting with a business developer friend for one of the training companies I work with.

I will be discussing the possibility of introducing new programmes involving some other trainers I met and myself. Thus far, I have not seen any programmes in the Singapore education industry that are similar in scope. Well, pioneering a niche is always a good experience. Whether it succeeds or not, we will learn something from it.

I am also working on helping a couple get their wedding bands made. Their wedding date is coming up and it's all quite a rush, but I have a very reliable designer and smith who is able to do it. Now, it's all up to the couple, whether they are willing to go ahead with the project. Their alternative is to simply buy ready-made bands from one of the many jewellery shops / chains in Singapore.

My other suggestion was for them to visit the upcoming Gem & Jewellery Fair at Marina Bay Convention Centre and look for a suitable pair of rings there. It's a little hard to believe that the event is almost here, meaning that a year has passed so quickly.

There'll also be a network / training session on Wednesday evening this week. It'll be good to catch up with some familiar faces. I must say that I'm glad to have expanded my network of like-minded people in the past couple of years. Before, I wondered if I was the only person doing what I do. Now, I know that there are actually many others who are similar to me in my work life and style.

I'll also be attending a housewarming party by a couple who recently got married. I haven't seen them in a while, so that'll be a good chance to see how they are. 

All in all, it's going to be event after event this week. Let's get productive!



Time to Get Moving

As my previous post has stated, this is a cooling down period for me. My major school projects for the beginning of the year are winding down, leaving a few weeks for me to do other things before I get busy at the end of May again.

So, what have I done? Honestly, not that much yet, because I've only just recovered from all the fatigue and settled all the piled-up administrative stuff that I've neglected for the past four months.

Starting this week, I will be ramping up the work that I need to put into my other projects, especially my book and my gem and jewellery stuff. I'm projecting to get as much done as possible before June, when I have projected my book to be sent for printing. I look forward to holding a physical copy in my hands!

On other fronts, I've been experimenting with Fiverr, I'm in discussion with a gaming company for a possible role as a presenter at their next event, I'm working on turning my ideas for education into realities and so on.

It's not all as hectic as running from school to school day after day, but it is mentally quite tiring. Thus, there must be time set aside for breathers and rest. 

Here we go!



Revisiting the Passion Hypothesis

Having finished the book and having had more time to think about the Passion Hypothesis that I first mentioned on Jan 9, I thought I'd revisit the concept.

The author was firm on his stand on sticking with and acquiring a skill set and that, after the necessary effort and resources have been put in, it is this skill set that becomes the currency or "capital" with which you can acquire work that you enjoy.

He emphasises the importance of skill (the famous 10,000 hours to mastery), control (motivation and drive) and mission. It is the culmination of these three things that make a person excellent at what he/she does.

I certainly agree that it is much easier to be passionate about something we are good at than at something we are not. However, not everything we have spent a long time practising (effectively) elicits excitement even when we are good at it. Perhaps a personal example will come in useful:

In the course of being a teacher, I have, at innumerable points, needed to produce curriculum of various levels and on various topics. I know what is required to produce it and the steps needed to ensure that it is useful and understandable. Despite this, I find the process tedious and painful. There is little joy in it for me, however good at it I may be. I do it out of necessity and not out of desire.

On the other hand, I would gladly take a set of material and disseminate the information to a group of learners for no other reason than because it benefits them and brings me satisfaction.

Curriculum design, then, may not be my mission - something that I feel strongly about. Perhaps that is why I find it so difficult to motivate myself to get it done.

Perhaps the author is correct, though he does say somewhere in the beginning of his book that the advice "Follow your passion" is dangerous for MOST people.

Perhaps it is then safe for me to imagine that pre-skilled passion is an important factor for some people.

Perhaps it is neither truly one or the other but a spectrum upon which each of us finds a place and our lives go on from there, changing our positions on the spectrum as we acquire new skills or we discover new passions.