Why It’s Awesome to Be a Nerd

What in your life do you really, really love? Sometimes as entrepreneurs it’s tough to find “balance” because we do love what we’re creating in our businesses and the work we do with clients. And sometimes people around us don’t understand that.

Heart Strings

You’ve got to see this video I ran across on Facebook today (thanks MJ!).

It fit in so perfectly with one of the things I found really encouraging from James Malinchak’s Big Money Speaker Bootcamp this past weekend:

James had a couple of celebrities on stage to talk about success, failure and sticking with things despite challenges.

Marcia Cross and Patricia Heaton both shared how they knew acting was what they wanted to do because it’s what felt right and where they felt comfortable and alive–that they couldn’t give up when they knew it’s what they were meant to do, despite rejections, failures, and whatever else came their way.

“Keep at whatever it is that your heart wants.” – Marcia Cross

Isn’t that a beautiful thought? Somewhere inside we know what we’re meant to do. Might take a bit of time to allow ourselves to figure it out, but it’s there. And that’s what we can’t ever give up on.

And here’s the video about why it’s awesome to be passionate about things in our lives and to connect with others who are, too:

If you can’t see the video, click here to watch it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_BtmV4JRSc

What do you really love?

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21 Comments

  1. Hi Michelle,

    Being a nerd is not about what you love; it’s about how you love it. What I love is what I have earned through hard work
    Okto recently posted… Monthly Report April 2013My Profile

    1. Hey Okto, there’s definitely something rewarding about knowing we’ve earned something with hard work. :)
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… How to Get Your Momentum Back When It DisappearsMy Profile

  2. Find the things that you love & love them the most that you can. I loved my golden retriever Ike with all my heart. And, gratefully those who knew him, loved him too. I also love to dance, do yoga, speak in public (the actress in me gets to be on stage), spend time with friends & family and connect people with one another.

    Love what Wil said about being honest, honorable, kind and awesome. Sounds like the Big Money Speaker Bootcamp was inspirational too.

    Thanks for sharing!
    ~Debra
    Debra Jason recently posted… Copywriting Tips Revealed on The Networking CEO ShowMy Profile

    1. It was. James is great at inspiring his audience.

      I loved the video and Wil’s words, too. Such wisdom in what he shared.

      And I didn’t know there was an actress hiding inside you, Debra! I don’t think I’ve had the privilege of seeing you on stage–yet.
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… I Dare You to Do This With Me Every Single DayMy Profile

  3. I don’t ever mind being a nerd. There is nothing wrong with doing what you love and understanding what you want to learn. Whil Wheaton rocks it!

    1. I agree, Stephanie. I’ve always been one to take it as a compliment when others told me I was “weird” or “not normal” — I say variety is what makes life interesting, and I’d rather everyone just be passionate about who they are and what they love. :)

  4. Very inspiring and encouraging. I really needed to hear this tonight. I do not love my full-time job, which is a real understatement. I love making jewelry and building the business, all the things connected with it, my new blog and facebook page. I’m excited about what I am doing and happy with even the smallest accomplishment. I’m pursuing something and I realize it will take time, but I am going to persist and follow my heart. What a wonderful way to end the night! Thanks for the share!
    Jacqueline Jordan recently posted… Jewelry Giveaway: Amethyst and Ruby Sterling Silver Threader EarringsMy Profile

    1. Go for it, Jacqueline! I love that you’re building a business around what YOU love. :)

  5. Nice video. I myself love to do what I do because when I don’t do that I feel down and out. Bored to death. Doing what I love keeps me busy, focused, inspired and well not to mention that it gives great financial returns too.
    Keral Patel recently posted… How to become a webmasterMy Profile

    1. There’s something about it, isn’t there? I think we can just feel it when we’re doing what we’re great at and what we care about.
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… 8 Creative Ways to Build Big Buzz – See Them In ActionMy Profile

  6. The post and video both are awesome. I like this very much.

    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Jane.

  7. I love doing what I do and there are some consequences for doing that but then I don’t care much now.
    Keral Patel recently posted… How to Install WordPress On Your Server The Right WayMy Profile

    1. There are always choices and every choice has consequences. Sometimes it’s about knowing what we’re willing to give up in order to achieve our goals and live life with passion.

  8. I’ve always considered myself a dorky-geeky-nerd and I am totally okay with that. I wear those terms proudly! and I am so glad to say that it has rubbed off on my kids as well. I have awesome dorky nerd kids that love video games; playing D&D, Magic the Gathering and even Pokemon; are HUGE Star Wars fans (thanks to them Nerdy MOM) and they each have their own awesome personalities that I am so proud of. They speak their mind, they stand up for their beliefs and I am pretty proud to say that they did not fall into that “cookie cutter” mold that so many teenagers fall into because they want to be “cool” or “liked” by all the “cool” kids. My kids snubbed that mold and are becoming beautiful and awesome adults that share their gifts with the world! And they have a Nerdy Mom to back them up in EVERYTHING THAT THEY DO! I LOVE BEING a NERD!!!! Thanks for sharing this, Michelle!
    Kimberly ~ Gypsy recently posted… Do You Have a Mobile Friendly Website? Or Do You Even Care?My Profile

    1. Here’s to breaking the mold! :)

  9. For some of us labels such as – nerd, geek, dork, introvert, extrovert, ambivert and the like, inspire us to love ourselves unconditionally and achieve greatness. Others become insecure and hide in the shadows because of these labels. I embrace the former; however, I appreciate and respect those whose label differs from mine.

    Thanks for the inspirational moment.
    Adalia John recently posted… 5 Ways to Master Your MindsetMy Profile

    1. I think many have been taught or conditioned to believe those labels mean they should be insecure. I hope that through people like Wil Wheaton stepping out into the spotlight and embracing the labels others can see we choose how to take it and how we allow labels to affect us.

      Me, I’m finally okay with the labels after years of thinking it meant I wasn’t good enough. And I’m determined to show my children that if Star Wars or gaming or programming is what they love, then that’s not only okay, but it’s awesome because it’s who they are and they’re perfect just the way they are. And if they fit a different mold than their mama does, that’s great, too!
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… How to Get Your Momentum Back When It DisappearsMy Profile

      1. I 2nd what you say Michelle. It was hard being “shy” (I was and am introverted but everyone assumed I was shy), nerdy, and it was unfortunately used as a mean to separate the “in crowd” from the out crowd. And add in different tastes than the norm,…
        Now with Social Media I think it’s easier… In my town, it still would be deemed “weird” that I prefer Avengers to Magic Mike, yet I have built enough friends that understand that I don’t feel alone.
        But it’s totally cool that the world has changed, and it’s totally cool that your passion is cool whatever it is.
        MJ Schrader recently posted… Beware of the SEO HackMy Profile

  10. I don’t see anything wrong with being a nerd. There are just people who are so consumed with outer appearance that is why they tend to see nerds differently. I wasn’t a nerd when I was younger, but nor popular. I was just an ordinary, simple and plain girl left unnoticed except with friends and I am totally happy with it.
    Connor Harley recently posted… Business to Business Marketing StrategiesMy Profile

  11. I loved the video. Strong inspirational talk right there it kept me glued to it until the end. Thank you for sharing this. Being a nerd is a lifestyle.
    Regards

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