It’s no secret I love non-fiction advice and self-help books.
Last week in my Personal Branding class, we had a panel on brand storytelling. During the panel, three accomplished DC-based public relations professionals talked about how to find what it is you truly love to do, and then how to share that passion with others through storytelling.
While all three of the panelists do different things at their day jobs, they all had one thing in common—they landed in the roles they are in because they relentlessly followed the passions and things they loved to do when they were young. Essentially, they were living the Rules of the Red Rubber Ball—which coincidentally, is one of my favorite reads.
In a quick 30 pages, Kevin Carroll shares his seven Rules of the Red Rubber Ball through simple illustrations and minimal text so that ultimately, you can find and chase your own red rubber ball just like you did on the playgrounds of your youth.
Throughout the semester, but especially after this panel, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what I’ve always loved to do. And I always come back to the fact that I’ve always loved to read, write, and be creative—so I guess it’s a good thing I fell into blogging ;]!
But I’ve also always loved paper products, and have toyed with the idea of opening a paper shop of some kind for a long time. Luckily through this Personal Branding class, I’ve had the opportunity to work through some design concepts for a brand, and do some background research on the stationery scene. Above are two logo concepts I turned in for class, and I know something like a paper shop or other creative, entrepreneurial endeavor is part of my red rubber ball because I worked on these logos on a Friday night and it didn’t feel like work at all.
I also consider myself lucky because in addition to this blog, my day job provides ample opportunity to express my creative side through writing, graphic design, photo staging + art directing, and using digital platforms to get our messaging across. And I am learning skills that will help me pursue my red rubber ball even more than I am now.
So I’d love to know—what do you love doing that doesn’t feel like work? What is it that you can spend hours on without realizing time is passing? What do you think is your red rubber ball?