The Art of Exploration is a new ‘category’ I created to inspire Vocational Exploration by gathering stories from the people around us. Everyone has their own unique set of dreams, ready to be opened or furthered. The idea is to talk to people that inspire me through their passion for their work, and ask them how they understand/understood the concept and process of going on a journey to make a dream come true.
This will then create a space for individuals to better understand what they need to do to facilitate their own exploration into vocational freedom.
I will, however, need your help. I am looking for people to talk to that YOU might know and that inspired you? A sure way to invest in the future leaders is to open up time to give back to them what you know. Whether your a chef, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Professional Clown or Barista. No matter what age, career or job.
I’ll ask you 14 questions, post it on the website and then that’s that. The catch: I’ll ask you for a willingness to invest at least one hour a month to have coffee with a fresh-faced individual wanting to know more about what you do and why you do it.
The greatest gift that we can give each other is time. It’s already there. When I talk to students I give them the following example: Let’s say I’m talking to the 17 year old grade 11 learner that has a good understanding of what he feels passionate about but has no clue what he wants to do after school. I’ll get out my calculator and give him the only real gift I can give him: the difference between our ages.
I’ll explain: He’s 17. I’m 28. That’s 11 years in total between us. I’m not 11 years older, no, he is 11 years younger. Get it. That’s a total of 4015 days that is between us. My gift to him is 4015 days. The older you are, the bigger the gift you have to give. How that learner chooses to use that gift is up to him. We can broaden a world view, make sure the ‘backpack’ is packed and use the send-off as an opportunity to understand that whatever happened next is part of the process of self discovery. Don’t, then, forget that we are all on a journey, and that we all need those people at our own send-off. I have received many such gifts from the people around me, and I am still looking for more such gifts.
At a recent wedding that was held in Malmesbury I stood at the bar next to some very inspiring farmers. They all waited with their hands softly resting on the counter and there were about 6 of them and they all knew each other. I noticed their hands that rested on the counter. These men where older and they were strong. I could see the 1974 scar on the left hand of one of the farmers, where a barbed wire cut him as he tried to free one of his sheep that got stuck. I could see marks and scars on all of their hands, remnants of courage and grace for their own vocational exploration and a love of their work. These men are the real custodians of dreams, because it shows, silently, speaking more clearly and straight to the point.