What's Your Jam? When the Things You Learn Connect Your Skills and Passion What's Your Jam? When the Things You Learn Connect Your Skills and Passion
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What's Your Jam? When the Things You Learn Connect Your Skills and Passion

by Janelle Bechdol

August 17, 2013

Your jam is where your natural skills meet your passion [skills x passion = happy]. Seems easy, right? Not really. When I asked 2,400 interns, "Who has their jam?" at the age of 23, a mere 10 or so raised their hands. To be fair, I didn’t have my jam at 23-years-old, either. But it got me thinking: this is something we should ALL be talking about more.

In our Hall Pass Tour Backstage Pass Workshop, we challenge kids to first think through their "jam," and then leverage each other to carve out a path where higher learning can help them get there.

THAT makes sense, right? The things you learn should feed the end goal of your desires. Right.

I realized in all of this, I'm no different from our Hall Pass Tour workshoppers. As an "edupreneur," I'm new to this space. I need to learn more about the landscape of education so I can better serve it. So here I am, going back to school this fall to Harvard's Graduate School of Education to do just that. I got stuff to learn, man. It's all so I can get the knowledge I need in order to become better at what I do. Simple as that.

I invite all of you to join me on this wild and crazy journey, follow my adventures here on GOOD, or on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@JanelleBechdol), and send me suggestions of things and people I should be learning about and connecting with so that I'm more effective.  

But more than sharing the journey, I invite you to find your jam. It'll change how and what you learn. You owe it to yourself. Jam on.

Click here to add going back to school to learn something you've always wanted to your GOOD "to-do" list.

Images via Janelle Bechdol

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