A few years ago, one of my friends at UC Berkeley started posting commentary or marketing and media on LinkedIn. While I liked the posts, I just felt like I could never understand why someone would post about social media marketing while they were still in school. My thoughts were that he couldn’t know all of this because he wasn’t in the industry. He used to spread his thoughts all over Facebook, on his own account and in groups relevant to our shared interests in business. At the time, I dismissed it as “alright we get it, you like social marketing.” Today, he was named as one of Forbes 30 under 30 marketers, and the youngest one at that.
What I never understood then was that he was consumed by passion. He created an entire course that he taught at Berkeley, started a LinkedIn Directory for alumni and current students and leveraged his network and skills to get really really good at what he loved.
How long should it take for someone to find what it is that they are passionate about? I don’t think I’m there yet.