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Don’t Be Afraid To Unleash Your Passion

Last week I spent three days in Portland, Oregon surrounded by 500 people who are devising their own plans to dominate rock the world.

It was all in the spirit of Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit, an epic gathering of 500 innovative thinkers and freedom chasers. Have you ever spent a weekend surrounded by 500 people who are doing epic shit?  No? Allow me to give you the breakdown:

-These are the type of people who say “Congratulations!” when you tell them you quit your job.
-These are the people who travel the world for months, and sometimes years on end.
-These are the people who would not question your plan to walk across North America, or tour the country in a white, Toyota Prius, teaching people how to become financially free. (Yes, these people really do exist, and they are awesome).
– These are the people who are not afraid to unleash their passion in some royally epic ways.

I want to speak on the last point today. Observing the ways in which people rock out their passions, and knowing that I had to bring it back to you because that is what the Fab Life Project is all about; figuring out how to rock out your passion so you can build a fabulous life for yourself.  I found that unleashing your passion means that you are:

Never afraid to go above and beyond
Jen Lemen and Andrea Scher, creators of the site Mondo, hand-wrote 500 inspiring quotes on little sheets of white paper, taped them under 500 chairs, and gave 500 people a chance to have their own Oprah-esq “Look under your seat!” moment this weekend.

It was magic.

Years from now I may not remember what Jen and Andrea spoke about specifically, but I will always remember how awed I was by that surprise. It was above and beyond any of our expectations, and because of their fearlessness, they stand out.

The note left under my chair.

Unleashing your passion is also about: Not being afraid to dig to make your passion extraordinary
Did you know that Rosie Greer, a famous NFL player loved to do needle point?  I didn’t either until we watched Neil Pasricha’s TedX talk this weekend. Neil, the blogger and author behind the book, “1,000 Awesome Things” wasn’t afraid to make his presentation pop by digging for the extraordinary. By doing so he conveyed his passion for the little things that make life awesome.  And, he sparked our interest in his work.

Don’t believe me? Go ahead and Google Rosie Greer. There is nothing better than seeing a big, burly man gettin’ down on a needle point project.

And when you have figured out that passion should be unleashed in over the top, extraordinary ways, then you should know that:

Passion is, and should be a little sexy. Own it.
Pursuing your passion is hot. We are naturally attracted to people who radiate with the joy that get from feeding their passions. When Danielle LaPorte, the blogger behind, speaks, you listen. She makes you want to give her your attention. She embraces her passion and commands it through her speech and body language. She doesn’t use passive words. She owns her passion for the work she does. Her presentation was on fire.

In the spirit of passion and change, I’m going to be making some changes to The Fab Life Project. I’ve had some ideas in mind for where I see this project going, and I am ready to rock it out. If you have some suggestions for things you would like to see, e-mail me at:

In the meantime, tell me, how have you been unleashing your passion? If you haven’t, what do you think is holding you back?

Amber J.

A thirty-something N.Y.C. transplant, Amber J. is a Southern Belle living in an urban space. She developed The Fab Life Project to create a space online where millennials can celebrate the every day adventures while striving to create a life they love.

  • Alisha Golden

    Amber, this conference sounds extraordinary, there’s nothing like surrounding yourself with excited passionate people, doing epic things. Salute to the Future!

    June 28, 2012 at 3:35 am
  • Gigi

    Whatever you do with the blog I’m sure it will be great. Sounds like you came back totally inspired. Have you checked out Marie Forleo – awesome inspiration to be found there.

    June 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm
  • Chai

    that note under the chair….what a thoughtful touch!! I’da cried. But on a serious note, really looking forward to what you have in store for the blog! Keep striving for greatness, & so glad you came away from the conference with so much passion & inspiration;-)!

    June 8, 2011 at 12:26 pm