Anyone who has heard me speak knows I strongly suggest spending at least some of your weekly hours living your passion even if it's for no monetary compensation. Volunteering whether for your own projects or for another organization can lead to experience and networking in your chosen field. I didn't realize that I'd soon have a personal story to tell.
While a student in Conestoga's CDP program it became apparent that some students weren't comfortable with technology such as LinkedIn and Google Docs. With a passion for teaching, technology, and helping, I quickly put together a few video tutorials.
Well last August I got 'discovered' by a company in California, Docstoc.com, through my videos. They asked me to design a course for them on Google Drive, paid me, and after months of work and collaboration my course of 30+ videos has been published.
None of this would have happened if I hadn't seen a way to use my talents and help others. Did they contact me because my videos were top of the line? No, they were pretty amateur as they were the first videos I created and I had only intended them to help fellow students. They hired me because they could hear my passion as that is what they wanted in their own videos.
And so, what are your talents? What are the fears stopping you? Where are you holding yourself back from making a difference in this world?
And if you're interested in learning about Google Drive, I suggest you start with this video to best learn about it's benefits: http://premium.docstoc.com/c/54/ch/320/l/1385/Top-5-Features-of-Google-Drive