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It was his Passion that gave him a Job

We all have a passion for something. The author of this blog has many passions but so do many other people. The challenge for so many though is taking that passion and turning it into something that you can make a living at. Not everyone gets to work a job they enjoy being at everyday and the ones that do have that had to work hard to get there, nothing comes easy. Success is built on hard work plain and simple with some pressure thrown in.

All the individuals you meet on Etsy are individuals who make a living creating the items you see there. In the beginning Etsy had a rule that only hand-made items by small independent owners could sell items there, but now that they have updated their terms of service, many companies have moved in and ruined the whole feel to buying something someone made in their home or garage. For anyone starting out on there it can be a challenge to get your name or page out there for people to buy from.

Hard Times Create New Opportunities
Creativity comes from pressure, this is why so many students think they work better under a deadline because that pressure to perform at their best drives them to work harder. We have all experienced that in some form or another sometime in our life and some people believe that to be absolutely true while others know that isn’t. If a teacher tells you that your paper is due in ten weeks then that means you can break it up into smaller parts and create a well-written paper in that amount of time.

The reality though is that most students wait until the last minute before they have to turn it in and wonder why they got a bad grade on it when they get it back. The pressure though of being unemployed, because you have bills to pay, is different than a kid in school who only has to worry about a 3 page paper. The circumstances are the same (both have due dates) but the amount of pressure is different.

Adam Reed Tucker is an architect who lost his job during the recession. He knew he would have a lot of time on his hands, and it is assumed he had a nest egg built up in the meantime, so he took up the art of Lego building, but not just any kind of Lego building; he set out to replicate some of the most important buildings around the world in Lego form. He is also only one out of 12 certified master builder’s of Lego. (Learn what it takes to become a Master Builder for Lego) His background as an architect enabled him to understand what steps he needed to take to take a physical form and turn it into a brick layered form.

Turning Concept Ideas in Art
The idea that a grown man playing with Lego’s in his basement, or in this case Mr. Tucker’s studio, is crazy for most adult’s to understand. This is why you see adults get mad at their grown children for playing video games because they think they are wasting their time (that has all changed now that there are many valid ways to make a living off of that skill). If you were to say that playing with Lego’s is for children in front of a master builder they will probably get very mad at you with enough proof to show you how wrong you are.

Anything can be made into a profession as long as the passion and creativity are there. That is what Adam did when he started rendering buildings into brick form. He would build these massive sets and start building and filming it to show the process of what all goes into it. You can see some of his work captured in the Lego Architecture book that displays many famous skyscrapers and buildings all around the world. In the video below you can listen to Adam talk about some of his projects and the one he likes the most.

If you would like to watch Adam build a Lego set you can see in this time lapsed video how he built the famous Waterfalling House that was created and built by Frank Llyod Wright. In order to create this video he simply took a photo each time he added a new piece and then added in the animation at the end.

Paying to See Your Work
This the leap that is hard for people to make. People have trouble taking their passion and turning it into something that can make them money all the time. But why was Adam able to do it but so many Etsy people still have to work a second or third job to support what they do? Here is where things change for most and why the path of success is less traveled. Adam took on a passion that had not really been done before on the scale that he did it at. Yes many people have created amazing Lego building replications but Adam worked on so many others that had not really been done before.

Almost all architects in school are trained to study Frank Llyod Wright’s work, that is just a given so there is nothing new about that. Every architect student in school is familiar with the man’s work but how many take his work and turn it into something more? That is when you start weeding out the regular architect’s from the dreamers. Adam had an eye for bringing two separate things together and turn them into something new. This is why now if you search on YouTube cool Lego projects you will see people creating all kinds of cool things online that they did on their own. You can even see entire cities created with just Lego pieces.

Adam has taken past ideas and turned them into something new that has never been done before. His current project that he is about to reveal today is recreating the Taliesin West, which was the winter home and school for Frank Llyod Wright in Scottsdale, Arizona, in Lego form. He will have spent 260 hours and 180,000 bricks. One of the things Adam enjoys about using Lego bricks over anything else is that you don’t need any glue or connecting compounds because they all snap together.

You can watch in this video Adam putting together the Burj Khalifa in the Henry Ford Museum. Noticed the large pieces that were built before the final build.

How to Turn your Passion into your Life’s Work
1. 
Create something no one has done before with you work
It used to be the case that beanies were just simple hats to be put together and sell. They usually come in different colors but not much else changed with that. Beanie hats are nice because they are thick and comfortable but that all changed when people started creating special kinds of hats inspired by knights and knitting techniques. Here are popular beanies that were turned into beards for men, women, and children. The beardo beanie hats have seen become very popular.

2. Work on Your Passion all the Time, You Never Know Who’s Watching
Adam spent his off time building things with Legos. He used his time to create and produce stuff to show to people. The response he got from other’s encouraged him to keep doing it. When you have a full time job it can be difficult to do stuff but when you have the time, like when you are looking for a job, you can use that time to create something amazing so when you do apply for a job you have something wonderful to show for all that time you had off.

Leah Bowman used Lego’s to create herself a special resume that set her apart from all other applicants because instead of just sending an email with her resume, she created a Lego kit of herself for any employee to build. The completed project was her at the end but as they followed the instructions she provided they learned about her qualifications each step of the way. How’s that for personal branding?

 3. Have One Place where you can Work Undisturbed
This is very important because it helps you get into your frame of mind to how you want to work. The location puts you into the mood for working. You can focus on doing what you enjoy so when you have everything in the exact place you need it then you can get to work. Many times when you walk into a messy office you have a hard time getting into a productive routine because it is so difficult to find anything.

Your location needs to be neat and in order. If you are a designer then having all your rare materials separated and put into individual locations helps you to organize how you work. If you enjoy building large Lego sets then you know that you need a space big enough to let you move around and work. If you live in a place that will keep you from doing what you enjoy then you need to look around for other places. Maybe someone at your school has a room that you could use, you just have to ask around.

4. Learn the skills needed for your Passion
This one is very important that stops people a lot of times. There are many people who love playing video games and say they want to make video games. Then you ask a few weeks later how many games have they made and they say none but that hasn’t stopped them from playing video games. If you like making blankets and want to add in special designs because you have seen other people do it then wouldn’t it be a wise investment to learn all the techniques needed to make your blankets special? Or starting learning how to program to make video games?

Right now people are learning how to make smart phone apps but the challenge is keeping up with the skill. Adam Tucker taught himself everything about Lego’s so he would know exactly what was available to him as he was building. Any one making or building something needs to be aware of all the tools available otherwise you won’t really know what your capable of doing if you are not aware of what all is out there. He knows every piece that Lego has made, and when a certain piece is not available, sometimes he has to modify it to fit what he needs. Bottom Line, learn the skills of your trade so you can be a master at what you like doing.

5. Set time aside to work on your passion everyday
This is where passion and work start to become one. Younger kids are learning this idea that if something starts to feel like work then it is not fun anymore and they need to find something else; that is just wrong. Your work is your livelihood. If you think that Adam didn’t struggle when he was coming up with how to build some of his master projects you are fooling yourself. Without struggle there is no beauty in what you do so you have to learn how to handle it.

Setting aside time everyday to work on your passion helps you get through those struggles and handle them better as they come up. This also turns your passion into a habit and routine. Remember there will be days you won’t want to work on your stuff but you need to sit down and work and just put yourself into your work. Once you do that your mind can go back into the flow of how you work. History is filled with many successful people following this model of action because in the end the results made it all worth while.


Finding your passion is not easy so if you have a hobby that you wish could become your life’s work then start making sure you are learning all there is about your hobby. One of my interests that I want to turn into a bigger project is building model train set environments. I love watching Youtube videos where they show elaborate train sets that span rooms with beautiful sceneries. Their so awesome!

If you want to learn more about Adam Tucker and his passion you can read the news article below. If Lego’s are something you are passionate about then you might want to check out their Lego Architecture studio Kit. I have included several more videos on his work for you to watch, including some great LEGO books to read and interviews.

Videos

Record Breaking Lego Machine Contraption

Lego Books

The LEGO Neighborhood Book: Build Your Own Town!

Beautiful LEGO

Beautiful LEGO 2

The ART of LEGO Design

Brick City: Global Icons to Make from LEGO

LEGO Space: Building the Future

Steampunk LEGO

The Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO

Links

LEGO Architect Adam Reed Tucker

Interview with Master Builder

Adam Reed Tucker


News Article

Brick by Tiny Brick

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This skill can land you a new job or improve your whole life

You often wonder how some people can land a job anytime they need to and others struggle to get just a job interview. Then you watch TED talks and listen to motivational speakers tell you things you somehow already knew but they convince you that you need to improve somehow. After that you start working on yourself and you find that some things get better but other areas just languish. So how do startup CEO’s and TED talk speakers keep their dreams going when, for so many others, life slows them down? Easy, they know how to communicate in a way that gets other people moving.

A Skill to match all others
It always surprises me when people say that I watch too many movies and TV shows. I usually tell people about the latest movie I saw and can describe it in detail at some points but I know to leave out the good parts otherwise I ruin the whole movie for them. I try to add in humor, a side note here and there, and sometimes I’ll make people struggle for the meaning before I have to give it away (I try not to most of the time). Most of the time though I like to give out the pieces and see if people can put together, on their own, to find out what it is I’m saying. The look on their face gives them more joy, when they figure it out before everyone else, but it also brings me joy because I made them work to find the meaning of what it is I’m talking about. When someone has to give you the answer to something you don’t learn anything. It’s the process of learning that makes learning important, not the answer.

Storytelling is a skill most people think is only for bedtime stories or presentations. The truth is it is how you get people’s attention for anything. Our minds are wired to hear stories because it is the one skill that has been around for thousands of years. Before all other skills came about, someone must tell you the why and the how before you try it for yourself. This is why I put so much value into movies and TV shows, after being told growing up that that stuff will turn your brain to mush, which is far from the truth, because the whole point of all that watching is to listen to a story being told. The entertainment industry is built on this one art form – storytelling. The better the story, the more people will listen.

The Value of Descriptive Speech
Being able to create an image out of words is a powerful skill. You need an imagination to see the details of what it is you, the speaker, are seeing in order to convey that to your audience. One of the master writers, aside from Shakespeare, was J.R.R. Tolkien. He would take his time describing the wonders of just a tree to make sure the reader saw exactly what he wanted them to see and within that description he put emotion into the way the reader should feel about that tree.

This same action is the way motivational speakers talk, they pull their audience with them in order to get them into a certain frame of mind. Once the audience is in that frame of mind that is when they can show them what the speaker has been hiding. The same goes for when you try to sell something. Joan Rivers was a genius at selling because she used humor and storytelling to bring the person into the idea of owning what she was selling. If you look at all comedians and their stand-up acts, it is all about telling a long story with short punch lines thrown in.

A movie or TV show is the same thing, the audience watches to find out what they will learn by watching-in on this situation unfolding before them. A script is the foundation to anything hollywood, then the director and actors bring it to life. This means the script needs to be clear in order for the audience members to pick up on. A script starts from what the writer puts down on paper. A writer must have the whole story laid out in their mind before they can start writing, or as some writer’s have said, they use the “what-if” approach when writing to find out what characters would do “if” presented with new circumstances.

If you were given a blank sheet of paper, could you come up with a basic scene for two actors to perform? And would it be entertaining enough for people to pay to come and watch it?

Why Storytelling Matters
I have met many people who have no storytelling skills whatsoever so why should it matter if one learns this skill or not, won’t they still be successful? Yes and no, but more on the no side. Why is George Clooney so popular in hollywood? The reason why a regular guy doing commercials and TV spots in famous 80’s TV shows rose to the top of the entertainment industry is because he is a great storyteller and jokester. He loves to play pranks on people and leave them with these amazing stories. People relate better to people they can understand and enjoy being around so if someone can make you laugh in an industry where 12 hour days is considered normal then you want to make sure you are surrounded by people who you enjoy being around.

Robbin Williams was known for keeping the crew alive during late night shoots when everyone was tired. He would rift and put on these short little shows to keep people’s spirits high. The high energy Robin had translated well because of his talent to inhabit any kind of character and speak through their dialect. The more imaginative the story, the more people remember it.

Shia Labeouf who started out as a kid who would call agents pretending to be these characters over the phone. When the agents got annoyed at this they wanted to know who was really on the other end of the phone and he said he would tell them if they gave him an interview. The next day he showed up and there was this kid and he audition for him and signed himself an agent. He was a person who knew the importance of humor and comedy in getting people’s attention. Shia also knew the importance of storytelling so he would learn how to tell great stories and get people’s attention so when he is on set and sitting around it is easy for him to get an audience going because he knows how to talk so people will pay attention.

If you ask any HR manager who they are likely to remember more in an interview 9 times out of 10 they will tell you it was the person who made them feel comfortable in the room talking to them. It was the person who took everything in their resume and turned it into a memorable story to tell. Explaining to the hiring manager that your love for building started when you won a Lego competition, which also happened to be the place where you met a master builder for Lego is more memorable than the guy who got a perfect GPA in college because they studied hard. Who do you think has more passion in their life and is more interesting to be around?

The reason why more business schools are teaching the art of storytelling is because all entrepreneurs have to perfect their pitch in order to find investors. That pitch is centered on the art of storytelling. All investors want to know how they got their idea and if they hear something like, “I saw students want an app that helps them with studying so I created this app,” chances are they are not interested but if they hear a pitch like this, “One day I was in office hours with some students and I overheard a few classmates asking if there was a better way to share notes, pictures, and review sheets. I didn’t have an answer at the time but I looked around. I saw there were a few options but none that met the needs of how students interact with class material. Then during one of the study sessions I saw a student using a personal app and I partnered with him on how to improve it and that is how we came up with said app.” This story is more interesting because it tells investors more about the habits and personalities of the people they might invest in.

Storytelling is not just about the story, but the act of telling the story should also tell the audience members more about the person telling the story. That is not an easy act if communication is not your strong point so getting a lot of practice in is very important. There are many consultants and firms that started up with the sole purpose of helping others communicate better. Storytelling programs like these for entrepreneurs are becoming very popular.

If you had an audience placed in front of you, could you hold their attention longer than 5 minutes with an interesting story?

Training to Become a Storyteller
CEO’s who are successful are natural storytellers. If you watch an interview with any of the great CEOs of our time you will notice that they have a knack for telling stories about their business. Any budding CEO will learn quickly that if they want to sell their idea to someone they need a story that people will take their time to listen to.

Brian Chesky’s story of how Airbnb got started is one he has told a million times already but it is interesting, and memorable, every single time he tells it. Brian is not an extroverted kind of guy but his passion for his idea shines through when asked to talk about what he does. That passion, that imagination, is translated into a story from how his company got started to where he wants to go. Storytelling is an art form that requires hours and hours of practice and with the number of times he has had to sell his idea, he has basically taught himself how to become a great storyteller.

Regardless of your personality type learning how to tell a story from scratch is an important skill. Shows like “Whose Line is it anyways?” teaches you how trained actors take random ideas and turn them into a performance. New Episodes comes on the CW network every friday night from 7 to 8 pm. But anyone can do improv, a style of acting where random actors come together in random skits and perform as they go along with the scene. There are no lines to learn, no direction from anyone (except their own imagination) and the only rule to follow is total acceptance of whatever anyone throws at you.

There are many places in Austin that offer Improv classes. Each theater offers free improv classes to help you determine if it is something you are interested in. Be sure to ask. Also if you have never been to any of these theaters go check out a free show. Their hilarious.
Coldtowne Theater
The New Movement Theater
The Hideout Theater
The Institution Theater
Merlin-Works Theater
UT Improv Group
Improv for Kids and Teens
Austin Improv Website

Creative Writing courses are also great to learn the act of storytelling. This is also a great way to start off if getting in front of people is too scary at first. Just remember though you will need to work up to the level of being able to get up in front of people and speak. Creative writing helps you get the juices flowing by learning to come up with a story through a prompt. For example, some classes start off with a five minute writing exercise where a picture is put up and the class has to write a story on anything that has happened before that picture or after or during. They have to fill a page of writing before moving on to the next activity in class.

There are many places to sign up for creative writing courses. You can check informal classes, Austin Community College, Public Libraries, and Meetup groups.

Public Speaking is a also a great way to learn how to tell a story through the act of speaking to people on different subjects. There are many organizations that encourage the habit of speaking in public so joining one is a great way to get started. The format for most of the classes starts out with everyone pulling a random topic from a hat and participants have five minutes to prepare their impromptu speech. Then each person is randomly picked to go up and speak. Most of the speeches are persuasive but for individuals not ready for that level they can perform an informative speech.

There are many public speaking groups to join so be sure to take your time to find the right group for you. They are very much worth your time.
Lake Travis Toastmasters
Austin Toastmasters Club
Capital City Toastmasters
Arboretum Toastmasters
UT Toastmasters
Meetup Groups

You can also go and watch Local TED talk speakers at the Austin location. If you feel this is something you would like to work towards in achieving you can always submit an application to see if they will let you speak, or have others nominate you to speak. It’s important to have a goal in mind when working on a skill like storytelling, so this is a good place to start.
TEDxAustin

The next best place to start is at your local library and look for books on the art of storytelling and the art of public speaking. There are plenty of books on creative writing as well.

Here are some good ones to start off with
The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History
The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals
The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking
How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking
Public Speaking for Success

If, after your training, you feel this is a skill you want to turn into a profession then this is a good book to start off reading to see if you are ready to become a professional public speaker.
Speaking for a Living: An Insider’s Guide to Building a Professional Speaking Career

The Structure of a Good Story
Everyone learns in school the basic structure of a good story.
Act 1 – Scene Setting and Characters
Act 2 – Introduce Problem
Act 3 – Conflict and Tension
Act 4 – Resolution or Falling Action
Act 5 – Closure

This basic structure is what has created some of the best novels, movies, plays, and presentations in the world. It takes creativity to take this basic form and turn it into something great. Many have taken this form and twisted it into something else, like when the film Pulp Fiction first came out it rearranged the structure of a story and made people piece the parts together to figure out what was going on.

In order to take this and turn it into a great public speech you have to find a story to introduce the audience to in order to get their attention. The challenge with this is that once your audience can see you working off of a formula they start to lose interest. You have to keep it interesting so it is up to you to make it interesting by structuring your presentation like a story. Books like Talk like TED help you see what makes people listen to you and how some of the best presentations ever told went viral.

If one of your resolutions this year is to find a job or get a promotion then you might want to think about improving your communication skills first. Everyone likes being around people that tell stories so why not improve the one skill that is the very foundation that brings people together?


Storytelling your way to a better job or a Stronger Start-Up

This Man told us it was ok to laugh again after 9/11

There are very few people who can do certain things well and even fewer that can do them so great it puts them on a whole another level. You often wonder what makes them tick, how they work, and where they get their inspiration from. They will always leave you wondering because sometimes even they don’t know. Asking a genius what makes them a genius is a difficult question to answer for the listener asked because sometimes they do not even feel that they count as a genius, yet in everyone’s eyes they are. Michael Jackson never thought of himself as a musical genius or legend because he would often compare himself to all the greats before him and say that he would never be as great as they were but as the whole world knew, he was truly a legend like no other.

When I heard the news that the world lost another important soul in this world, it was very hard to take. Very few people can do what this person did. He could take a simple idea and turn it into something amazing. Many people said that he thought faster than the speed of light because he would be onto so many different things that you had trouble trying to keep up with the last few things he said but everything he said was hilarious and it made you feel good about yourself knowing that there was a man like him in this world.

When the US experienced it’s attack on the twin towers the whole country went into mourning. No one had ever felt so down about what had happened and the number of lives that were lost. All the programming on TV had been changed to reflect the mood that Americans’ were feeling. The hardest TV show to deal with this tragedy was Saturday Night Live, the producer of the show, Lorne Michaels, was looked to by the cast to figure out if they should do a show or not the following saturday after the attacks. He knew that the show had to go on because if it didn’t where would everyone turn to too make them laugh? That episode after the attacks was hard to watch because even the cast members were still dealing with their own personal grief, they knew they had to do their best to show that the world kept moving forward. They made sure also to not step on any sore subjects.

The show progressed but it took awhile for it to come back to where it was and the ratings at the time didn’t fare so well but they pulled through. Through all the pain and suffering though there was one man who said that the US needed to know it was ok to laugh again. He created this amazing show and toured many cities in the US before taping what many now know as his “Live on Broadway” performance. For anyone that has watched it the show is absolutely hilarious (and if you haven’t I put it down below for you to enjoy his wonder talent). His talent on earth was to make people laugh and he did it in everything he talked about and the movies he starred in, both the funny and heart-warming ones. If laughter was currency he would be the world’s richest man.

His movies were amazing and there is one story I will always remember. When I was a teenager I had a acting performance I was about to give. My uncle had taken me to go see a movie of his that came out at the time because he told him it would be great for me to see the performance of an amazing actor before I was to go and act. He took me to go see “The Birdcage” and it has since been one of my favorite movies. I have never forgotten that experience watching that movie for the first time. Infact every time I watch that movie I want to move to South beach and live there. He made it look like so much fun. If you have never seen that movie go watch it and realize this was a man who could take any role and make it great. Then again, this was a man who got into Julliard because of his talents for performing. They put up a photo of him in honor of being a graduate form there.
Robin Williams

The movie he did on the doctor who used humor to provided free care to patients is another great movie of his. I even got to meet the real Patch Adam’s once and even got to give the man a great big bear hug because that is how the real Patch Adams liked to meet people. He was never fond of the regular hand shake he said. They say that laughter is the best medicine, in that case Robin was the best doctor the world has lost.

There are so many movies and TV shows of Robin that I enjoyed watching that it is just so hard to pick just one. I remember watching Mrs. Doubtfire so many times when it came out that I knew ever part of that movie by heart. Today I now tell kids about it and watch it with them to show what an amazing comic genius he was. I even read the book that inspired the movie. It was a very fun read. I think that every film he made left some kind of impression on me and that is what kept me going in telling jokes. I enjoy doing stand-up comedy and enjoy making people laugh. It’s not easy but when you can get someone to laugh it’s the best feeling in the world so I understand why he pushed so hard to make people laugh.

I realize this post is not about business or entrepreneurship but if you look closely, everything that business and this world is based on is built on the people that affect our lives; it all comes down to the relationships we have with people. They don’t necessarily have to be people we’ve met but the ones that inspire us and that is what Robin Williams did for so many in this world. He really taught us how to laugh, not only at our selves but in general. They say that getting someone to cry is hard through a performance but the real challenge lies in trying to get someone to laugh and that is what made him a genius and legend in his own right. He will be missed. Thanks for all the laughs and tears of joy. I’m sorry I never got to meet you.


I was going to include the full interview he did on Inside the Actors’ Studios but they have since taken it down from Youtube which is terrible because he really gave a great interview but I did include one clip from the interview. I did include the full show of his performance for Live on Broadway which is the one he did after the attacks and then his second stand-up performance he did later on. If you have never seen it, take the time now to experience what he gave to the world. I also included a few of his other performances.

20/20 Special The Life and Death of Robin Williams
Link to Full Episode

Live on Broadway (2002)

Weapons of Self-Destruction (2011)

Inside the Actors Studio – Robin Williams

An Evening with Robin Williams

Live at the Roxy (1978)

Robin Williams on Whose Line Is It?

An Interview that showed Robin like he was behind the scenes

Robin on Inside the Actors’ Studio

Howard Stern Pays Tribute to Robin Williams

News Articles

When I met Robin Williams

Why Robin Loved Riding Bikes

Photo Career

How he snuck his genius into movies

What Spielberg had to say about his death

Stars React to his death

More Stars React to his death

He was a huge humanitarian and he’s proof

Mrs. Doubtfire House becomes memorial site

How Ben Stiller first met Robin

The first time people fell in love with Robin

Ben Affleck shares tributes

The impact on Twitter

He was always busy working

Need to Learn about the Last 125 years real quick? WSJ Makes it Possible

From 1889 to today you can explore all the major events that the wall street journal has covered in the United States through this well developed webpage that explores major events in US history through photos. They covered 125 years worth of events. You can look by certain decades of influence or you can look at individual events.

This site is a great tool for learning about and remembering all the major things that one should at least be knowledgeable about. Anyone studying US history this is a great learning tool to help illustrate those events in photographs. Take a look around and explore. You might be surprised to learn about some important milestones in this country’s history and the people who came before you.

Wall Street Big Issue

Finding Your Passion

Vincent Brady is someone that created his own path for himself by going out and doing something he loves but never thought would take over his life. Using refurbished cameras rigged to a wooden board he was able to take some amazing shots of the night. Just look at this one video he took.

Amazing, right? The work he found himself doing is one that has caught the eye of so many other people. So how did he get himself into doing this? Simple, he just got up and went one day. He sold most of his stuff, got rid of his apartment and got into his car and went.

He started learning how to take 360 degree panoramas while also learning how to shoot long exposure shots. He took pictures during the day but also at night to see how different they are. He visits some of the best places to take pictures of the night sky. He travels with sky charts in order to find out where the Milky Way will be. You can see from his videos that he has gotten very good at what he does now.

Passion
Creating or doing something you love and enjoy should not be something you only get to do on the weekends or when you have a free hour. It should be something that drives your interests. If you have no ties to your life then you have no reason for staying home all the time. You can go and attend as many festivals and events as you wish. You can take day-trips to new places and see the culture in the surrounding areas. If you don’t have a car but use public transportation, map out places you’ve never been to and just go.

As I child I used to ride city buses all over my city and whenever I got to know one part of town really well I got on another bus and went as far as it was wiling to take me. I would get off in random spots because I knew the bus would be back in the same spot to pick me up so I was never afraid of getting lost. I found some amazing places and learned how to get around on my own. Something no child will learn about in school since they don’t teach kids how to take care of themselves, that’s not allowed on state mandated tests.

Entrepreneurs all have a passion for something and many times it requires the help of someone else to make that happen. I can tell you this, you won’t find it sitting at home, you have to get up and go and take the first step.

If you have an idea for building a product find some places around your city that offer to make custom products and see if they are willing to teach you how to do it. 3-D printers are now becoming more affordable so you can teach yourself how to create blueprints for your project and then print it out and sell it.

Maybe you are a photographer and you don’t have enough experience, post on craigslist or find a meetup group for photographers that you are interested in forming a group and going out and taking photos but also sharing tips and tricks with one another. Learning from others is one of the fastest ways of learning so why not form your own group. Maybe you know you need to read more business books but don’t have the energy for getting through some of them, well, form a business book club for entrepreneurs then. This will motivate you and keep you on track, and if you want to make it fun then make It a pot-luck event.

When you start to explore and take the limits off how you spend your time then you begin to see the world for what it really is. If you spend all your time in bed wondering when you will ever get to do such and such, then that’s not much of a life worth living. This is why successful people are up by 5 or 6 in the morning doing the things they are passionate about but its also the reason they are successful in the first place, they don’t make excuses for themselves.

Changing your habits
In order to get started with something you want to do, it’s important to be realistic as well so start with the first step. Find something you want to do and plan for it. Maybe there is a concert coming up or an outdoor festival you’ve always wanted to attend, Put it on your calendar and make sure no excuses come up that keep you from going. After you’ve made the effort of going, look for another event that you can add that is a little more consistent, either on a monthly basis or weekly basis.

Once you get that first habit down then you can start putting in a morning routine to help keep you going and doing what you enjoy.

You can learn more about how Vincent turned a hobby into his work. He has plans to drop the car and eventually go to Iceland where he wants to capture the northern lights there. Chances are that once he does, it will be an amazing video to watch once he puts it up. He’s pursing his dreams, so what’s stopping you from doing the same?

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This guy combined two types of new technologies to create one (old) impressive effect.

Creating a Pepper Ghost is an illusion technique that has been around for a very long time. It involves using lights, angles, pieces of glass and several other tools in order to make the audience believe what they seeing. In this video, Adrien M / Claire B, create a video that shows an illusion from the reflection of the laptop screen.

They use technology to create digital art and apply that to acting, theater, dance, and art. This is a great example of someone who has crossed computer science with technology and fine arts creating a new form of entertainment using hand motion awareness from LEAP Motion technology.

What to Take Away From This
You should see the combing of several different fields to create a new field. you are looking for ways to improve or add-on to what you are already doing and if there is one person who knows how to do something really well then you should combine your efforts to come up with a new idea. In a world where people share more information now about themselves it is very easy to find anyone looking to create something with someone who is willing to put in the same amount of work. Their collaboration shows a new form of entertainment that people enjoy watching that years before would only have existed in a math lab where experiments are done.

Try to find news ways of using something you find. A simple bottle opener could be turned into something different (and maybe even frustrating) but worth buying if you know how to look at things in a creative fashion.