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Have you discovered your passion/dream job for life already & do you know how to reach there?

  • 11 January 2019
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Hi @Halla ,

I did not get a notification to your answers here. I only managed to look around this platform now after some travels and busy schedule and noticed your contributions. My apologies...

Very interesting answers indeed! Thank you for enriching us further on these topics. Isn't it amazing how diverse we all are?! 🙂 I believe it is possible to be involved in different jobs during different seasons of our lives. You do not necessarily have to choose just one job for the rest of your life.

Having said that from knowing you for a while, your interest in arts and from a first glance here, it sounds like you are a musician and an academic to me. How about being a music or an art teacher (covering music too) that could give you freedom to carry on learning through more courses as well during the long summer holiday breaks?
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For those of you who are interested in arts: I think you would like this lecture too, which I just mentioned in @Veektoh 's thread as a few people highlighted it to me independently now (one of which was @Danijela -they somehow left it for me to share it here although I had encouraged them to share the link- ) : https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity?language=en . Do schools kill creativity? I hope they don't... What do you all think?
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@Halla ,

Re: your answer for Q3: I know that it can be frustrating... If I face such people, I try to point them to the correct resources where possible and applicable. E.g. Holocaust museum in Germany may be one for the deniers. Coincidentally, thanks to @Lillian who had recommended it in the Mentor Portal: I've recently completed reading the book called "The Hiding Place" by Corrie Ten Boom, who was a concentration camp survivor and lost her family members there and she was not even Jewish. It's an incredible true story. Reading such amazing story written by the survivor herself (i.e. hearing it firsthand) would impact most people, I presume. I also discovered she's got a prequel and a sequel to the Hiding Place. I'm currently reading the prequel, which I highly recommend everyone too.

If others have more ideas as to how to handle such situations, please feel free to comment too. Thanks.
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Hey all, I´ve struggled with this topic as well and there is one book I ´d like to share with you - I really love to read it over-again when I feel "lost" . The book is from Vishen Lakhian - The Code of Extraordinary Mind. There are many questions and guides which helped me to discover more about myself and what I want to do or achieve. It´s not one of the motivational books I read before. It´s very nice written and very practical 🙂 Hope, it helps some of you as well. If you read it, let me know your opinion 🙂
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Thank you @kristina.kanckova for sharing your experience on this topic and the book recommendation. I never heard of this book before. I will check it out. It looks interesting from reading the description. If others read the book, yes please, I would love to hear your opinions too, as Kristina said. 🙂
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hi lilium
can you suggest me some good books on nutrtitin for healthy living
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@swaraj, I have not read many books on nutrition (mostly textbooks), but one that has been recommended to me by someone I know is 'The Essential Guide to Water and Salt' by Phillip Day. I haven't actually read it myself, but this other person really liked it.

Another interesting book is 'Gut' by Giulia Enders. It is not exactly on healthy eating, but it does explain how foods can influence the gut microbiota and how some foods can cause issues.

I'm sorry that I can't recommend any more. Does anyone else have any recommendations?
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@swaraj if you like nutrition for healthy living, watch this TedTalk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmWoWOM16uE . If you like the talk, you can start with Colin Campbell's work, see what other publications/books make reference to the study that he did.

You may also like to check out Nutritional Science work that Joel Fuhrman have published. Here is his TedTalk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4katnfHzXA

Hope you find what makes sense to you. Have fun!
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Ive always wanted to work in a field related to habitat conservation in some way and I was very lucky to find a job with an environmental organisation in Oxford that focuses on reducing deforestation during agricultural commodity development. I would say this work follows a passion but it can be very frustrating as to see results on the ground can take decades and it can be slower than the destruction we are trying to stop. But despite that I still feel this is where I need to be - we have done so much damage to the environment with our constant need for more material goods and we are at risk of reaching the point of no return if we don’t drastically change our mindset and reduce consumption. I hope to see some positive change in my Andy boys’ lifetimes.
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Thank you @Rhilets for sharing your experience on this topic. It's fantastic that you discovered your passion/dream job already! I am so happy for you! You highlighted a very important point regarding this subject indeed: When the going gets tough in a job or a situation as you wonderfully described, one would not give up and one would just keep on getting on with it despite the frustrating circumstances if you are really passionate about that field -as you have been doing. KUDOS to you for that and for all you do for our environment! Your boys are very lucky to have an amazing role model mom to have right in front of them! ☺
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Thank you@Denise for such insightful questions. I also liked the sweet way you interacted with everyone who answered. I also wonder what motivated you to ask these questions and what would be your answers to the same.
I believe I know what my passions are and I have achieved them to some extent.Nevertheless, I will try to give some answers to your questions.
Ans.1. Most of the time I would answer that I would like to be a teacher and today I am a teacher.
Ans.2 If I had millions of dollars, i would have visited schools where they don't get good teachers for lack of money and teach there. Also i would like to travel and gain experience and adventures by exploring different avenues to teach in different geographical terrains.
Ans.3. I felt at home at 2 places as i have mentioned in an earlier post too. i.e, Jaipur and kolkata. I live presently in Kolkata.
Ans.4 I feel at home in classrooms and strangely in historical monuments. I strangely feel they were related to me once.
Ans.5 I would like my obituary to say that I was a loving daughter,wife and a mother. I was a respected scholar and a teacher. I made a difference in many lives.
Both learning and teaching are my passions. I am a lifelong learner. and my dream is also to learn as much I can.
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Thank you so much @eruditionseeker for your lovely words for me. I truly appreciate them. It sounds like you found your “true call” and location too! You must be one of the happiest people on Earth! Your answers are excellent examples of what these questions were designed to do, helping others to discover about themselves. I’m so glad you you shared them with us. Thank you! I’m hoping they would be encouraging examples to others reading them as well that discovering your dream job is possible! 🙂

Teachers are the most important people in our lives after our parents, shaping us for the future. I still remember all mine very fondly. You must be proud of yourself for such an achievement for such an honourable role. 👏 I love your answer to Q2 particularly.

I volunteer to counsel others in my environment. I came across so many people who really did not know what they wanted to do with their lives to my surprise. They felt rather dissatisfied and unhappy with their lives as a result. These questions (in the original post of this thread) were part of my training and have been proven to help others in the past. So, I decided to share them with everyone here with the hope they could benefit others for the purpose.

I am one of those rare people like you, who always knew to be in clinical science since childhood to find solutions to devastating diseases. Madam Curie was one of my role models when I was in primary school. Thankfully, I managed to get into the field! I’m in cancer research. If I have millions of dollars, it would go to research to cure cancer, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, etc. diseases. So, I would love my obituary say I cured all those diseases and helped everyone who suffered them!! 😅 I always felt at home in scientific and medical communities. Yes, I totally agree with your last sentence, as you so eloquently put it, I’m a lifelong learner too as a result of my field of passion. I would love to learn more and more, so I can help others more too. This is one of the reasons I’m actually so grateful to Coursera and other online MOOCs, bringing these invaluable courses right at our homes, enriching us for the better.

Thank you for asking about me as well. It’s always good to refresh our memory on these to keep us on route towards our goals. 😊 I truly hope you somehow manage to raise enough money someday to get into those poor areas to teach, bringing education as you mentioned in your answer 2 above. I’m sure those students will appreciate someone as dedicated as you more than you know...
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Thank you@Denise for your answer. It is lovely to meet such a kind person like you who wants to find cures to all the horrible diseases in this world. May God give you all the success! I heard recently a new cure for Parkinson's has been found. Is it true?
It was really illuminating to know your motivation behind the question. Self -awareness is a trait that many of us are lacking. I agree with the proverb that before changing the world, one must change oneself, which is the truly difficult task. To know your imperfections and try to work on them is a rare ability. I just now came across a book titled "How to see yourself as you really are" by Dalai Lama. that somehow resonates with our theme.
Hope to see you around.

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