In February 2017, I had the opportunity to follow up my TEDxBerlin talk with another international one! This time, I was at TEDxUniversityofEdinburgh where the theme was passion. (My TEDxBerlin talk here challenged assumptions about philanthropy, redefining the identity of philanthropist to include young, grassroots donors and those you typically think of as beneficiaries.)
For my new talk, given an audience of mostly university students, I got more personal and shared career advice for pursuing a passion. My title, “To Decode Your Passion, Ask Yourself This” leads in to one of our favorite questions at She’s the First: What Are You the First to Do?
At TEDxBerlin, while I was so pleased with the response from the audience, self-doubt got to me. That’s not how it should be after putting in so much effort and knowing your stuff! But we all learn the hard way. Having proven to myself I could do this, this time, I lifted unreasonable expectations and just spoke from my heart, as a tribute of sorts to my parents and grandparents—who were supporting first-generation graduates (me and my sister) long before I was. I enjoyed the experience so much more.
Read on for the transcript of my talk. I’ll post the video when I have it.