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Don’t Just Follow Your Passion, Cultivate It

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I recently read an article on The Minimalists blog that suggested that the advice to “follow your passion” is crappy. I was intrigued because The Minimalists have been a real source of inspiration along my own journey of moving toward a more passionate life. The article was built around an interview with Cal Newport, an assistant professor of computer science at Georgetown University who said, “‘Follow’ implies that you discover the passion in advance then go match it to a job. At which point, you’re done. ‘Cultivate’ implies that you work toward building passion for your job.” I believe that I’m living a very passionate life. I am a proud father and husband living in an inspiring city; I collaborate on creative projects with musicians and artists; and I own a successful consulting business. I love what I do and I find myself to be generally very fulfilled. But it hasn’t always been like this. 15 years ago I felt lost, with our first child on the way and no path to speak of, let alone a path filled with passion and fulfillment. Flash forward to a few years later, with two kids under three years old (all of the […]

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Finding Your Moose

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Molly Connolly took three business trips to Alaska. During each visit, she hoped to see a real, live moose. She never saw one, even when she intentionally visited spots where locals saw them on a regular basis. She wondered why she struggled with something that seemed so easy—something that never seemed to be a problem for others. For some reason, the moose eluded Molly. You likely have no problem doing most of what you do with your software development work, yet there are challenges that get in your way, cause you stress, and prevent you from truly enjoying what you do. The solutions to these challenges seem like they should be easy to see and implement, but they elude you, like Molly’s moose! Those solutions are your “elusive moose” and we’re here to help you find them. Elusive Moose was created to help software developers and consultants find the elusive solutions to the business challenges that are standing in your way. With an abundance of resources created by experienced consultants and experts, our mission is to provide you with everything you need to find your moose and Enjoy Your Work.

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