Last winter, I met my good friend Terri Trespicio for breakfast at the lobby restaurant in her boutique Boston hotel. We spent a couple of hours catching up, laughing, and talking about life and our solo-entrepreneur businesses.
Terri and I had met several years ago at a conference and I liked her immediately…so much so that I asked if she would be the keynote speaker for an event I held in Boston. I loved her candid demeanor and sense of humor. I also appreciated her no nonsense approach and philosophy about life and business.
That winter morning, our discussion touched on many philosophical topics, one of which was passion. We discussed how although everyone is assumed to have it, some don’t (or at least don’t think they do). We discussed passion’s elusiveness and the constant quest for it. We discussed how many people feel even lost without it.
Throughout my own life, I have been blessed with seemingly infinite passion. If you know anything about my professional path, you’d think my passion was a wild toddler, out of control, running from thing to thing, unable to contain itself. Yet, my fluid, uncontrollable passion is what I have to thank when it comes to becoming an architect, an author, an artist and even, an animal and wildlife activist. Suffice it to say, my passion drives me to do everything I do.
But, what if you can’t find your passion? What if you seriously think you are passionless? What happens then?
As Terri and I said our goodbyes after breakfast, these questions seemed to hang in the air as we parted ways. However, it was a question that Terri continued to ponder, and soon enough, it became the topic of her phenomenal Ted Talk for TedxKC.
I am excited to share her talk with you. If you know Terri, you won’t be surprised to find her talk poignant, concise and well thought out. I especially love what she says at 8:40 during her talk, and at the very end, she sums it up quite nicely.
Terri Trespicio is a branding strategist and coach who helps visionaries, experts, entrepreneurs, and businesses communicate with power and precision across media platforms.