We all need inspiration and people who have blazed the trail before us to help us on our journey. One of those people for me is my friend and fellow alum from University of California San Diego Global Policy & Strategy Master’s Program Paul Lamb of Man on a Mission Consulting and Co-founder & Chief Partnership Officer CHANGE THE WORLD FUND. Paul blazed his own trail of being a social change entrepreneur/changemaker way before me and so when I made the leap to becoming a social entrepreneur/changemaker – I needed some help and guidance, so the first person I reached out to was Paul. And Paul was there for me in a big way – sharing with me how to be a social entrepreneur/change maker and also helped me land my first big consulting gig with the University of California, San Diego. He still continues to inspire me with who he is and all he does – which I will share more with you below :). I asked some Paul some questions about his journey to uncovering and living his passion and purpose to make this world a better place inspire you and to share his wisdom with you to inspire you to uncover and live your own Passion + Purpose = World Change – here we go…
1) What is your Passion + Purpose = World Change formula? My passion IS purpose. What I mean by that is that a life well lived must have a clear purpose to begin with. The more that purpose can be service to others or devotion to something bigger than oneself, the more purposeful it becomes, in my opinion.
So what is my purpose? It is to be a catalyst for social change and social impact. I have been blessed with the opportunity to leverage that purpose to help create and strengthen organizations in the nonprofit sector, which also are committed to the social good. How lucky I am to be able to contribute, even in small ways, to the purpose-driven work of so many amazing organizations and people doing the good work on the ground. These are the organizations that truly define purpose.
My world change formula for achieving the above is simply, “dream big, but work small.” That means, give full flight to your big dreams and purpose, but roll up your sleeves and dig in on all the small things which are necessary to make it happen. I would add that doing even small acts of kindness can lead to big things, whether we realize it or not. All of us are capable of small kindnesses, and that is where the shift begins.
2) How did you uncover your passion and purpose? I think I got it originally when I was privileged to work as a youth counselor with at risk and gang-active youth during my mid-20s. I got a taste of the harsh reality that these kids faced, but I also saw their possibilities and those possibilities gave me hope and drive. One of the smartest people I have ever known was actually one of the gang leaders I worked with, and I knew that if just that one person could make it out alive with my help then I would have have succeeded in life. Unfortunately, he has continued to be in and out of jail for all the years since, but many other kids I worked with did make it out (due to an amazing and committed group of other youth counselors and supporters who I worked with), and that inspired me to take on a mission of giving back and not giving up, which drives me still.
3) What steps did you take to live your passion and purpose? I started out by searching out smart and committed people, both to learn from and be inspired by. I also made sure I continued my education so I could be more effective in what I wanted to do. I continue to be a life long learner, both through educating myself and learning from people who are much smarter than and more giving than me.
4) I talk a lot about putting together the pieces of your passion puzzle to create the life of your dreams? How do you feel that you have done this? Honestly I am still working on this every day. I keep older “pieces” close and search out new pieces as much as I can. I think the life of your dreams is really just about being grateful for what you have and cherishing all those who make your life possible and worthwhile. At the end of the day it is all about love – self love and the love of others.
5) What advice do you have for others who are looking to uncover and live their passion and purpose? Be yourself (your true self), but don’t take yourself too seriously, and laugh as much as you can. With that as a foundation I think anything is possible.
For Paul’s full bio and how to contact Paul, please visit his Man on a Mission website. Paul’s story is also in my book – “Finding Your Passion: The Easy Guide to your Dream Career.”
Thank you Paul for all you do as a Man on a Mission to Change the World into a better place.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and www.careerswithwings.com.