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White Board Wednesday: Find your PASSION

Written by Poojitha

Happy Wednesday folks, today’s theme for our white board Wednesday is passion. I am sure all of us have an idea of what passion means however there are many of us who lack it in the work we do. As Oprah Winfrey said “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you”. To some individuals passion in their work comes naturally and to others it may be something they have to develop overtime. In either case, it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to have passion because true happiness comes from doing the work you are passionate about.

I am passionate about the work I do

I am passionate about the work I do

To be passionate is to be authentic to yourself and when you do something that you love you get loads of energy. It sometimes surprises me of how many people there are out there who remain dissatisfied with their jobs. They hold no passion in what they do but they simply have to do it to earn money. Can you imagine waking up every morning and having to go to work which you absolutely loathe? By the time you come home from work not only are you tired but also unsatisfied because you haven’t done anything which makes you happy. On the other hand if you have a job which you cherish, then imagine how different your life would be? Doing something that you are passionate about makes you jump out of bed and look forward to the day ahead. In this case, what you do makes you energized, excited and motivated rather than leaving you tired and unhappy.

I love teaching others!

I love teaching others!

Passion not only makes your day-to-day more rewarding but it also builds inspiration, courage and confidence within you to do great things. It opens up the doors to a wide range of opportunities and brings excitement to one’s life. When you are passionate you are continuously striving to do more and learn more to reach your full potential. In addition, having a passion also benefits people around you as you spread your positive vibes and inspiration among them.

I believe in inspiring others to make positive change.

I believe in inspiring others to make positive change.

On an end note, realizing your true passion may or may not always be obvious. To some people realizing their passion comes easily and to others it may be something that they have to develop or scavenge to find. Whatever the case might be, it is important that one takes the time to realize their true passion. To those who are trying to find their passion, below are a few tips to get you thinking:

1. Find what you are good at
What are your talents, gifts or skills? What do you enjoy doing? Are there certain qualities for which people repeatedly acclaim you?

2. Find what excites you
Is there a hobby, job or volunteering position that excites you? Is there a part of your job that excites you?

3. What do you spend hours reading about?
This is probably the best predictor of you passion. Think about a list of things which you always crave to know more about and spend hours for this purpose.

Brainstorm a list of ideas for the above three aspects and see if there are any qualities of yours which overlap in all three aspects.

"And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, Keep Looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.

“And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, Keep Looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.


Motivational Monday: Riddle up!

Hey gryphons!

Here are some riddles to warm up your brain this Monday morning:


Q1: What has 13 hearts, but no other organs?

Q2: Why did the boy throw butter out the window?

Q3: Which month has 28 days?

Q4: What starts with a P, ends with an E, and has thousands of letters?

Q5: What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?


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A1: A deck of playing cards.

A2: He wanted to see the butterfly

A3: All of them, silly!

A4: The Post Office!

A5: Short!


Motivational Monday: Turn your walls into doors

Hey friends,Written by Poojitha

For today’s Motivational Monday we would like to share a ted talk by Nick Vujicic. Born without legs and arms, Nick continues to inspire various individuals all over the world with his story. Nick lives up to his ideals everyday as he appreciates things that he is blessed with rather than worry about what he doesn’t have.

Once you have finished watching the video, take a moment to reflect on how you perceive your life. Remember that it all depends on how you look at things, not what others believe it to be.

When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds or a hundred wishes. Source: Pinterest

When you look at a field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds or a hundred wishes. Source: Pinterest

Whiteboard Wednesday: What is means to take initiative?

Written by PoojithaHappy Wednesday folks,

So when we asked fellow students what it means to be a leader (see What is Whiteboard Wednesday?.), many of the replies revolved around taking initiative. Taking initiative is an essential quality of a leader. All it takes is to do things without being told so, right? It may sound simple, but there is more to it than you think.

Let’s start by looking at example…

Lets say that you are in a small presentation room (with 10 people) where a guest lecturer arrives to give his talk. The lecturer starts to have immense trouble connecting his laptop to the projector in the room. The group of students in the room realize that the problem lies within the projector. As time starts to tick away, a couple of students go up to check if there are any technical issues. Then, identifying that a quick solution is needed student X gets up and inspects the neighboring rooms for a free projector. Upon finding one, he brings it to the room resolving the issue.

While it seems that many people in the room realized, student X was one of the very few people who actually took the initiative to help. Even though there were probably several people in the room capable of helping the lecturer, only a few walked up to provide aid. Secondly, taking initiative requires creativity or innovation. For example, student X could have simply stayed with the rest of the group and tried to trouble shoot the projector. However, student X realized that a better way to deal with the situation would be trying to find a new projector rather than wasting time with the existing one.

Now that we have an understanding of the topic, let’s look at some key characteristics owned by individuals who take initiative and how you can develop them.

1. Assign, organize and do it

People who take initiative assign themselves tasks which they want to see happen and they make it happen. They are DIY types where they don’t wait for others to do the work for them but rather do it themselves the way they want it to be done.

"I am a leader because...I challenge myself with new tasks"

“I am a leader because…I challenge myself with new tasks”

"I am a leader because...I try new things"

“I am a leader because…I try new things”

Go ahead and assign yourself some challenging tasks or try new things which you have always wanted to do. Certainly, they might not always work the way you want them to but it is always worth a try. And who knows? Maybe you will learn something valuable along the way.

2. Add something

People with initiative make the things they are involved with better by adding something only they can bring. For example, if you are a great cartoonist and on the school newspaper, but the newspaper doesn’t include cartoons, here’s your chance. Volunteer to do a cartoon for each issue of the paper.

"I am a leader because... why not?"

“I am a leader because… why not?”

Why not give it a special touch of your own to make it more meaningful.

3. Ask something

People with initiative, take every chance to ask and learn new things and they are not afraid to do so. Besides, if you don’t ask how will you know what opportunities await?

"I am a leader because...I am the one who knocks"

“I am a leader because…I am the one who knocks”

4. Go above and beyond

People with initiative go above and beyond of what it expected of them. In addition to doing what is required of them they go an extra mile to make their participation significant. And for those who try the sky is the limit!

Sky is the limit.

Sky is the limit.
Source: Pinterest

There! Hopefully the above key points helped you understand a bit about what it means to take initiative. Go ahead, and try some things which you always wanted to do and say to yourself confidently “Yes, I take initiative!”

"I am a leader because...I take initiative"

“I am a leader because…I take initiative”

Introducing Poojitha

Hey there friends,

My name is Poojitha Kolluri and I am very excited to be a contributor to the blog along with my awesome fellow teammates. I am currently a 5th year student pursuing Microbiology co-op degree here at the University of Guelph. This is also my last semester at the university and will be starting medical school later this year to fulfill my dream of becoming a doctor.

I have been a peer helper with LEAD for four semesters now. I must say that my time with LEAD has been very rewarding as I have learned various skills and qualities which will be with me for the rest of my life. I decided to join the team at the end of second year, when I have realized that this was the perfect opportunity for me to develop leadership skills and overcome my fear of things like public speaking.

About the team - Poojitha Kolluri

Poojitha’s whiteboard picture where her fellow team mates wrote words to describe her.

 What do leadership mean to you?

No matter where you end up in life, leadership qualities are always an asset. To me leadership is a learning process where the leader not only guides others but also learns from others. I think of it as a mutual relationship between the leader and the followers, where both continue to develop themselves as well as the other. At LEAD, I was given various opportunities to improve my leadership skills and also the support to take on new challenges.

"The x-factor of great leadership is not personality, it's HUMILITY."  Source: Pinterest

“The x-factor of great leadership is not personality, it’s HUMILITY.”
Source: Pinterest

If you could be any animal, which would you be and why?

If I could be any animal, I would be a deer because they are absolutely wonderful (with little white spots on their bodies!). As a kid, I remember going to the zoo and adoring their beauty and charm. A cool fact about deers is that they have a great sense of hearing and can hear higher frequencies of sounds than humans.

A deer with a bird on its head Source: Pinterest

A deer with a bird on its head
Source: Pinterest

What small act of kindness has impacted you?

The first thing that comes to my mind is receiving free goodies from our fellow students near the Raithby house and around campus. Although this seems like a simple thing, it makes a big difference for others. Who knows, maybe that person was going through a rough day and that free cup of hot chocolate you have given has made their day a little easier. This is also another reason why I enjoy participating for the Random acts of Kindness day here on campus, where we give out free goodies and flowers to show people that we care. I get so much satisfaction and happiness just by seeing the smiles on people’s faces!

"Do small things with great love" - Mother Teresa. Source: Pinterest

“Do small things with great love” – Mother Teresa.
Source: Pinterest

That’s all for now folks! Until next time keep smiling and carry on… 🙂

Motivational Monday: Keep it going!

Hey gryphons,

It is that time of the year again… for long nights, cramming and lots of coffee! So for today’s motivational Monday, we would like to remind you to stay calm during the exam period and carry on. Remember that exams cannot get too hard if you maintain that positive attitude high and strong.


Good luck and keep the hard work going!