The Takeaway from Platform Talks: jeffstaple

I was for­tu­nate enough to attend the first-ever “Plat­form Talks” with jeffstaple1 here in Mani­la. For those that could­n’t attend, here’s a quick­strike of high­lights through­out this “ordi­nary” Tues­day, Octo­ber 30th after­noon…

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  1. Founder and Cre­ative Direc­tor of Sta­ple Design and Reed Space. []

Inspiration — Eddie Huang of Baohaus

Eddie Huang of Bao­haus NYC, in his talk dur­ing Big Oma­ha 2012 (May 11) pre­sent­ed by Microsoft BizS­park. Pret­ty fun­ny, and inspir­ing stuff.

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Huang is a writer, chef, entre­pre­neur and TV per­son­al­i­ty based in New York City. He is best known as the chef and own­er of Bao­Haus, which has received crit­i­cal acclaim and cov­er­age from The New York Times, The New York Post, CNN, NBC, CBS, The Vil­lage Voice, Town & Coun­try, XXL, The Source, Com­plex, Entre­pre­neur, The Wall Street Jour­nal and many oth­er out­lets. Eddie earned a flaw­less “$25 and Under” review from The New York Times, “Best Bun 2010” from New York, “Best Fries” from Time­Out New York 2010 and Top 10 Eats The Vil­lage Voice.

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Passion and Determination

What is your pas­sion? Do you even have it in you? Do you know what it means?

pas­sion: a pow­er­ful emo­tion, such as love, joy, hatred, or anger.

Pas­sion, a pow­er­ful emo­tion. It can be pos­i­tive, as well as neg­a­tive. It’s a part of all of us. It dri­ves us to accom­plish things we think we nev­er would. It… dri­ves us.

Pas­sion, it has been a recur­ring enti­ty around me late­ly. It got me play­ing 8 hours of soft­ball dur­ing the week­end, only to end up w/ a jammed wrist. Noth­ing seri­ous, just a sprain (I think). It got me burn­ing the mid­night oil till 3am, to fin­ish things for work. Which is nev­er-end­ing btw, but always reward­ing and a great learn­ing expe­ri­ence day-in, day-out. Bot­tom-line, it makes us as well.

Pas­sion, we need to have it. We need it to get us through our 9‑to‑5. We need it to make our visions of grandeur come true. We… have it.

We have it in each breathe we take. We have it when we wake up in the morn­ing and sleep at night. We have it when we talk, and do our walk. We have it, but how can we make it vis­i­ble enough for us to see and feel?

Its deter­mi­na­tion. Deter­mi­na­tion to have pas­sion in order to achieve what we love to do. It’s the key which will unlock our dri­ve to do things; to do them the best we can. Whether it be being our own boss, to start­ing some­thing that has nev­er been done before but has been around for the tak­ing, deter­mi­na­tion is the high-octane fuel that will turn a beast like pas­sion make the impos­si­ble real­i­ty.

So whether it’s sur­viv­ing a week of work, or reach­ing for the stars, have pas­sion and deter­mi­na­tion. Be deter­mi­nate to fin­ish some­thing you have start­ed. Be pas­sion­ate in all the things that you do. As those great things make a per­son great. And if you can’t seem to find them, look at a mir­ror. They’re there all a long.