about what issues are you most passionate which do you care about the most

Watch the Benjamin Zander TED Talk: The Transformative Power of Classical Music

In his TED Talk, Benjamin Zander focusses on classical music and passion and how it relates to taking a new possibilities, new experiences, and new connections.

  • About what issues are you most passionate? Which do you care about the most?
  • Who is affected by the issue?
  • Are you willing to take the time and make sacrifices to work on this issue?
  • Are you willing to face the challenges associated with this issue?
  • Who are the people that might join you in working with this issue?
  • Who is in a position to exert influence—positively or negatively—on the issue?
  • Who else might be interested in this project? What other individuals or organizations might you contact?
  • How can you motivate people to join the collective effort?
  • What do you want to accomplish? Be able to state clearly and succinctly what you are trying to do. Try explaining this to someone who knows nothing about the particular topic or area. This will force you to state things in simple terms that are easy to understand.
  • Where can you begin? What person or office should you contact first?
  • Write your headline.
  • Why is this your headline?
  • Are you actively thinking about or working on this issue?
  • Is this connected to the passion issues you identified previously?

After you have reflected about the issues that you find most prominent in your life, write a single statement in the form of a newspaper headline that relates to what you wish to accomplish in tackling your passion. Think of recent newspaper headlines as examples—think of this as the one sentence that you would want to see printed as the headline of The Florida Times Union or The Miami Herald. For example, a headline might read “College Graduate Cures Cancer.”

  • Write your headline.
  • Why is this your headline?
  • Are you actively thinking about or working on this issue?
  • Is this connected to the passion issues you identified previously?