Here are a few questions that are asked frequently that can hopefully clear up anything and everything about The Passion Project…
1. Why did you start The Passion Project?
The Passion Project began because I was moving to Charleston for the summer and I knew I wanted to make it special. Charleston was such a unique city because people from all over the world visited and I had to take full advantage of that. I’ve always been interested in global issues and trying to help, but without knowing what these people need and who they are I can’t do much. But what better way to find out about people than by talking to them? The Passion Project is my way of listening to the world. It started because I have a genuine curiosity in what people have to say and I think the fastest and easiest way to get to a person’s heart is by listening to them talk about their passion. Passion is so integral in everything people do and even when two people have the same passion they have two completely different outlooks on them. There is nothing better than talking to someone about something they love; they get so excited and intense and you can almost feel exactly what they feel. SO I decided that that summer I was going to try and talk to as many people as I could about their passion. But, why stop at just talking? I wanted to be able to share their stories with the world, so I created the blog. Now here I am, months later, still learning and growing from every post that is written for me. As I watch the views continue to grow I hope that each and every person takes something away from this project.
2. What do you hope to accomplish from The Passion Project?
On the Passion front, I want the entries to grow in number and to compliment each entry with a nonprofit of some sort or some type of community service work that can connect people with similar passions. But I’ve also been working to expand it with another constant factor in my life, positivity. This one would be much smaller and easier. Simple acts of kindness and positivity really centered around selflessness and happiness. Simple things that are done without any hope of reciprocation, but just because you wanted to spread a little cheer. The key to these acts isn’t the act itself but the intention behind it. You’d be intentionally putting out positive vibes to each person you touch through The Positivity Project.
3. What has been your favorite part thus far?
My favorite part is each entry. I’m always surprised at how beautifully people can articulate their passion. The outpour of love and support has been unreal and it’s always incredible to have people write something for it that I wouldn’t expect.
4. What do you see as the future of The Passion Project?
As I mentioned earlier I hope to have a connection between the passion aspect and different nonprofits. I would love to be able to turn this into some type of career. A website like do something.org or soulpancake that encourages people to change the world and be happy.
5. What are your major influences in The Passion Project and in the lifestyle you lead in general?
It’s hard to say what really influenced the beginning of the project. I love people and I’d been thinking of ways I could do something bigger than myself. I think I’m at a point in my life where I am constantly trying to learn and to better myself. I’ve always said I’m striving for a spiritual existence over a material one. I’ve found one way I can achieve this is by learning from others and listening to others. Often we’re so quick to judge but you have no idea what someone is passionate about until you ask. I live my life based on values of passion, positivity, happiness, kindness, compassion. And they are all intertwined 100%. You can’t have one without the other and as you work on cultivating one each other one will grow. The Passion Project is less of a project and more of a lifestyle I’ve tried to embody since it started.
6. How can I get involved?
1. Write your story, long or short.
2. Take a picture of yourself with a sign that says ” #thepassionproject ”
3. Find a picture of you with something that represents your passion
4. Send it all to me, firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Be sure to include your name, age, where you’re from and the date!
Check the blog periodically and eventually yours will be posted!
To stay updated on people’s passion follow me on instagram and twitter: @_shelbytate or use the hashtag #thepassionproject