I am always energized when I come across a story of an individual who has connected with their passion and successfully applied this newly gained self-awareness to their career and workplace. Occasionally, I will use this blog forum to share their stories with you. Hopefully, you will find inspiration in them, too.
Brett Farmiole (https://www.linkedin.com/in/brettfarmiloe ) is one such person. In 2007, he was a recent college graduate. With a diploma in hand, he and three college buddies had hoped to take a post-graduation trip traveling the highways of America while they decided what to do with their lives after college. Well, things did not work out as planned. The RV they purchased on Craigslist broke down. They had no money for repairs. Their summer dream adventure abruptly ended. The boys ended up back home. Brett took the first job that came along; that of a corporate auditor in an assurance department. Despite having invested four years to earn a BS degree in accounting from a university’s business school, he hated his job. He also hated that he had become one of the 50% of workers (2007 statistic) that did not like their jobs. But Brett had a different perspective on his problem. If 50% of workers were barely motivated to go to work each Monday morning, what about the other 50%? What if he could talk to the other 50% and find out how they discovered to not only like their job, but maybe even love their work. He would take that road trip, only this time with the purpose of finding the answer to that question.
He quit his job, found a sponsor—an online local recruiting job board—to help pay for a decent RV and expenses, again enlisted his three buddies, and off they went. He did not know it at the time, but that quest for answers would change the trajectory of his life. The foursome traveled to 38 states and interviewed over 300 people about why they loved their jobs. They took over 10,000 photos documenting this adventure. This personal journey brought Brett his ah-ha moments as each interview helped him make the connection between finding one’s passion and applying it to one’s career and current job.
Brett turned that newfound knowledge into a book (http://www.amazon.com/Pursue-Passion-Brett-Farmiloe/dp/0615283608/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1433750261&sr=1-1&keywords=Pursue+the+Passion ), a blog, and a website (http://pursuethepassion.jobing.com/ ). As he shared his findings, he discovered another rung on his unique career path as a motivational speaker. He shared his story with millions of people, not only in the US, but also around the world. As a first-time author and motivational speaker, he accumulated over 100 speaking engagements and delivered a TEDx talk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg4G0udny1c). He found his inner spirit, which translated into an outward energy that inspired others. Brett’s passion became sharing his story and encouraging others to write their own narrative and pursue the passion—their own.
His sponsor also introduced Brett to the emerging world of social media where he gained marketing and brand-building know-how for individuals and for companies. As a Social Media Product Manager, he created his own online community of over 100,000 followers.
Today, Brett is still passionate about job passion, and has expanded his horizons as a speaker and entrepreneur. While Pursue the Passion was his first business, he has since started an online marketing agency, Markitors, (http://markitors.com), located in Phoenix, AZ. and applied his knowledge of how social media works to the disruptions found in the marketplace. He introduced an unconventional crowd-staffing concept to the same Human Resources sector that had embraced his understanding of the connection between Generation Y and the search for meaning at work. As a cofounder of Y Scout (http://yscouts.com), an innovative leadership search firm that connects high growth and innovative organizations with exceptional leaders, he now advises executives and talent management professionals on how to connect tomorrow’s leaders with companies that are making the world a better place in which to live.
Brett’s discovery of the connection between passion and purpose and job has provided him with a career path that is both satisfying and financially rewarding. One wonders just how different Brett’s Monday mornings are because he decided to pursue his passion.
You can pursue yours.
Lori Palm is the founder and CEO of Core Passion Inc., a global leader in the measurement and application of passion to career/workforce development and life’s decision-making; corepassioncareerseeker.com; corepassion.com