How to find your passion and inner awesomenes | Eugene Hennie | TEDxMMU

How to find your passion and inner awesomenes | Eugene Hennie | TEDxMMU

Translator: Queenie Lee
Reviewer: Cristina Bufi-Pöcksteiner OK, so first of all, I’d like to thank everybody
that set this event up. This is pretty cool. When I was given the invitation to speak, I kind of didn’t know
what I was going to talk about. But I came to the realization that I really don’t have
to make anything up. I can just give my story, and hopefully, that’ll be inspiring
to a lot of people here. So my talk today is going to be on: how to find your passion
and inner awesomeness. A lot of people in university,
especially if you’re students here, you’re in that transition point where you really don’t know
what you want to do, and you kind of have
to make changes and decisions that are going
to dictate your entire life. So it’s kind of daunting,
it’s kind of scary. But before I go into anything, I want to give you guys a chance
to get to know me a little bit and understand a little bit more about me. I was born and raised in Harlem. Now, Harlem is in New York City, and Harlem starts at 110th Street
and goes all the way to 159th Street. Now, when I was growing up in Harlem, there were a couple of things
that I had to learn quick, right? I had to learn how to be charismatic. I had to learn how to speak fast. I had to learn how
to be real quick and witty. But I also learned that it’s good
to have an imagination. When I was young,
I had an awesome imagination. And I’m sure that many of you –
think about it, go back, when you were around six,
seven, even younger than that – you had a great imagination. So who used to draw?
Anybody? Show of hands. Who used to draw
when you were younger, right? These are a couple of things
I used to draw. But do you remember when you used to draw
that a lot of those things sucked, right? But nobody told you they sucked, like you
would give your mother the drawing, and she really didn’t know what it was,
but she would put it on the refrigerator. Nobody ever told you
that what you did wasn’t good. Nobody never told you that you were – that you were not awesome. So you stuck with it. OK, so me, I used to draw,
I used to sketch, I used to do photo manipulation, and right there on the bottom left,
that’s actually an animation I did. I used to spend hours
creating these elaborate stories, coming up with characters,
coming up with plots. And nobody never told me
that these things weren’t cool. So I continued to do them. So I had fun and I took a risk. So if you look at this right here,
don’t get scared, but on the left, this is a competition
that me and my fraternity brothers did. We used to do performances
every year for the university. I went to Florida State University, and I’m a member of
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. So on the left, we’re doing Resident Evil. We did our kind of
reenactment of Resident Evil, it was Zombies versus SWAT. On the right, we did
Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, and we had some sick twisted thing, and all the auto polluters were kidnapped by Willy Wonka
and forced to work in a factory. But nobody ever told us
that this wasn’t cool. And it came to our – people loved the performances we did. We performed in front
of thousands of people and won these competitions. So I was always told to be a rebel
and question everything. So if you guys look at this picture, this is actually a very
funny picture to me because if you see me right there I’m the only one making
a really silly face, right? And if you go to my parent’s house, you actually see that this
is the first picture you see when you come into my mother’s house. And what was cool about this picture was, before we actually took the picture,
the teacher told me, she said, “Everybody, when the photographer
says smile, smile.” So I said, “Teacher,
why do we have to smile? Is there a reason we have to
smile – we’re young kids, why do we have to wear suits? Why all the guys in suits,
all the women in dresses? We don’t want to be adults.” She said, “Don’t worry
about it, just smile.” And I said, ” OK, if you don’t want
to tell me why I have to smile, I want to do something funny.” So when the photographer
said “cheese,” said “smile,” I did that face. OK, but something happened. When I grew up, and I started to get older and older, I forgot that I was awesome. I’ll get to what this code
means in a second. But I was in a Fortune 500
leadership development program when I got out of college,
I was “corporate.” I had a title; I was an account manager; I was making good money,
I was making $60,000 out of college, so I could brag to friends. My mother was proud;
my father was proud. I could go on trips once a year. But I realized that this
isn’t what I wanted. Now back to this code: eh976a. This was the actual code
that I was identified by in my company. So when they wanted to email me, they didn’t email me at Eugene Hennie, they emailed me at eh976a. When they wanted
to look up my sales records, they looked up eh976a. I started to think why don’t you guys
just call me eh976a. Because that’s how you identify me anyway. So I realized I was a part of a system, I was no longer a person,
I was no longer Eugene. So this is what society wanted; they wanted the clean-cut Eugene, they wanted Eugene that wore suits, that wore glasses, that wore specs; I was all proper,
but this is what I wanted. I wanted to do flips; I wanted to travel;
I wanted to hang out with cool people; I wanted to experience life. I had to escape life’s cubicle. I was working nine-to-five,
I was young and I hated it. I was putting on something
that I didn’t want to carry, every day. And I will come home
emotionally drained, spiritually drained because I was trying
to please everybody else instead of pleasing myself. But then I got an email from an angel, and she’s going to be mad at me,
be mad at me for doing this. This was from my girlfriend,
Jasmine, sitting right there. You guys give Jasmine a round of applause. (Applause) And because of that she sent me an email
for the world’s most awesome job. So I came home from work,
I was kind of pissed off, but she sent me an email. So I opened the message,
and I clicked on the email. It took me to a website, and the website said, “Do you want to work in the world’s
most awesome workplace? Do you want to be the world’s
most awesome people? Do you want to travel? Do you want to work on projects you love?” And I was, like, this is a scam. That can’t be true, because I make $60,000
out of college, right? You’re telling me I can make money,
travel, do cool things, meet cool people, go to all these cool places
and still be happy. That’s not true. So I deleted the email. What happened next
was something pretty cool. A buddy of mine, he worked for a bank. He sent me an email, he said, “Hey Eugene, we want to go to South America. We want to go on a cool trip
to South America.” And he said, “Hey, do you want to go?”
I said, “Yeah, man, I’ll go.” So I went home, booked the ticket. Fast forward a couple of weeks, I’m sitting on a plane, and I am petrified
when the plane is about to take off; this is the first time I’ve ever been
out of the country by myself. Every negative thought in the world
started going through my mind. What if I go there? I don’t speak Spanish, what if I get lost? What if they kidnapped me?
What if the plane doesn’t take off? All these just thoughts
started going through my mind. So I sucked it up,
down on the plane, took off, and the result was something
amazing to us, it was beautiful. I had the best time in my life. So I saw beautiful cities,
I hung out with the locals, we white-water rafted,
ATVed the volcanoes, ziplined across jungles, and we did all this cool stuff. I look at this picture, like,
those are me and all my friends, and you see the lady right there, she has
a baby, and she’s [inaudible] with us; like that was cool, very awesome. So what I decided to do
was I quit – I quit my job. This’s me in the parking lot after I quit. That’s me putting up pictures
of my actual travel ticket on Instagram. I was so excited. I said, my life is about to change and all these cool things
are about to happen. So needless to say
that when I came to Kuala Lumpur, I was mind-blown, because the company
that I was around was amazing. Over 30 different nationalities
were represented in the company that I worked for. I had people that loved art;
people that loved music; people that loved the design;
people that loved business. Everybody was embracing their passion, and I said, this is cool, this is awesome. So something happened,
a side effect happened, and I started to do awesome things again. I enjoyed entrepreneurs;
I enjoyed talking to entrepreneurs. The guy in this picture right here, his name is Justin Harrell, I had a chance to meet him. He started a company with $50 and eventually sold it for $80 million. And so now I can see guys like this
and be inspired by guys like this every month, when we
organized these events. The first time I actually spoke
since being in Kuala Lumpur was at an assignment event. My buddy, ZeiKrew, he is going
to be talking about that a little later. They gave me an opportunity to speak, and that was my first time
speaking in about three years. I started a website, and that was pretty cool
because we created an online community where entrepreneurs can come and listen to interviews
with other entrepreneurs, download how to guides
and get all this awesome cool stuff. Even after that, I started a podcast, and that was kind of ironic
because I was this guy from New York, this guy from Harlem,
that came to Kuala Lumpur; and now, I’m doing a podcast. I never thought that I would do a podcast. OK, I started traveling. When I’m in America, the only time I’ve been out of the country
was when I was around 23. But within six months
of being here in Kuala Lumpur, I went to four, five different countries. So I had to ask myself why? When I took a chance,
and I just stepped back, and I decided to ask myself why. Why did all these cool things happen? What decisions did I make? What principles, what code,
what commandments? What was I following
that made all these things happen? So the first thing I would ask you guys – tell you guys to do – is to know yourself. Who are you? What are the things that you like,
the things that you dislike? What pisses you off? What makes you smile? A lot of people don’t know this. I’m sure that if you
were to ask your neighbor, you know, “Who are you?
What do you like?” A lot of people, they have a hard time, they don’t know what it is that they like. Number two, embrace yourself! And I love this picture because if you’re a nerd,
embrace that you’re a nerd. If you’re an athlete, embrace it, because once you embrace it,
everything in life becomes easier. It’s easy for me to come up here and speak to you guys
without getting all shaky because I’ve embraced who I am. I’m a guy from New York
that came to Malaysia to do great things. And so, my talking about it
makes it a little easier because I’ve embraced it. Surround yourself with encouraging people. I love this photo because this photo
shows you that the company you keep is going to kind of dictate
where you go in life. This is Barack Obama with Steve Jobs,
with Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Netflix, the CEO of Twitter, Yahoo!, Oracle. Imagine what they’re talking about,
must be talking about cool stuff. A quote says, “You’re the average
in the five people you keep around you.” So if you surround yourself
with cool people, successful people, inspiring people, you’re going to be inspired,
cool, successful, motivated. And if you surround yourself
with people that suck, that people that always
want to put their negative energy on you, you’re kind of going down spiral. Number four: Know what you want. Now you have to know yourself,
but you have to know what you want, right? Some people think
that they want $1 million, when in all reality,
they don’t want $1 million, they want to be able to travel,
they want to buy their mothers a house, they want security,
they want some freedom. So know what you want. Number five: Work your ass off. And this is cool because if you guys
don’t know Gary Vaynerchuk, he is kind of like
the king of social media. And he started when he
was really young to sell online, and his advice, he calls it Hustle 2.0. If you like something, work hard. That’s all you have to do. Lose sleep. I have a couple buddies, they are my age, they’re about to be best-selling authors. I have buddies that have products online that make thousands of dollars
because they work their ass off. They put in the time,
when everybody else is out partying, they are in the house,
they are in the lab working on things. Now make the impossible the new possible. Now, what do I mean by this? To me growing up in Harlem, it was impossible
that I would go to college. But it happened. It was impossible that I will get a job
working for Fortune 500 Company but it happened. It was impossible that I would
live in another country and work with cool people and start a podcast and meet millionaires. But it all happened. It became possible, so my standard went from here to here. The question became – it wasn’t how could I do this,
it was how could I not do this? So every time I look at a new task,
on a new goal, and a new obstacle, I ask myself: Eugene, you’re capable. You’ve made it this far,
how could you not do this? Number seven: Fail hard and fail often. People don’t like to fail. Think about it guys,
how many times have you failed? You had a lot of fails today,
but you don’t remember your fails. You remember all your successes, right? So you have to fail. Think about coders, I love to use coders as an analogy,
because coders fail all day. They’re at the computers,
just coding away, coding away. And they have bugs, breaks, and code, but they just try
to fix it, fix it, fix it. At the end of ten hours, or however
long it takes coders to do things, they have a perfect product, they have a perfect application,
because they failed. If you fail a lot,
the successes will be greater. Number eight: Beat on your craft. Will Smith said before, he said that he doesn’t feel
he’s particularly talented at anything. He doesn’t feel that he
was like a natural talent. But he does feel that he has
an uncanny ability to work hard. He has a crazy work ethic. So I like to use the analogy of –
I like a lot of computer games. I play Elder Scrolls a lot, and in Elder Scrolls, you have to build swords, but you start with the raw material,
you start with iron ore; and you have to make an iron sword. So think of your talent,
your God-given ability as that raw material. You have to take it and beat on it. You have to perfect it,
you have to sharpen it; you spend hours doing this; and soon, you’ll have a weapon you can
use to go out and conquer the world. Number nine: Learn
to embrace confrontation. Now, how many of you guys
want a raise at work? You guys want something from somebody, but you’re afraid
to go confront them about it. A lot of people hate confrontation, they try to go around it,
they go the opposite way. They’ll try everything that they can do
to try to avoid confrontation. But it’s when you meet confrontation
face-to-face, great things happen. I had to embrace confrontation
coming here today. I thought, what if I slipped on stage, what if the projector stuff
didn’t work, right? But when I got here, I embraced it, and all that fell off me,
I kind of left it down there. So learn to embrace confrontation because we start taking these risks
and meet confrontation head on, great things are going to happen. And number ten: Do what’s right. I don’t believe there’s a grey area
when it comes to doing what’s right. I believe there is a right way
and a wrong way. I can go to somebody from another country,
that doesn’t speak my language, approach him, say something; whether it be negative,
I can tell how they takes it, if I said something right,
or something wrong. We all have innate human sixth sense
to know what’s right and what’s wrong. When you do the right things,
good things happen to you. So when I started
this presentation, I wanted to – I asked you guys a question:
How do you find your inner awesomeness? How do you find it? The answer is: you don’t have to find it,
you always had it; it’s inside you. But the media, television,
your friends, your loved ones, they want to mold you
to be something that you’re not, when deep down inside you already
have all the tools that you need. There was a point in time
where we wanted to fit in, remember everybody wanted to fit in,
wanted to dress alike? But now we have to come to that transition
and go to standing out as an individual, because when we find
our inner awesomeness, great things are going to happen. Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “How to find your passion and inner awesomenes | Eugene Hennie | TEDxMMU

  1. Earn enough money, don't be a criminal, live is never perfect, lose all the bad ideas, don't worry about the future. A good health is the most important.

  2. Imagination is often killed in our times to the advantage of rationalism, numbercracking, thought and emotionless obediency…..

  3. Eeeeh, brag MUCH?!!! Skip this video nothing here.The Title is misleading! And if you really wanna watch it skip to 9:00 and go from there.

  4. Really good video. Worth the watch if you're at a point in your life where you truly understand what he's saying.

  5. "if you're a nerd, embrace it. If you're an athlete, embrace it." So what about the kids who got the shit kicked out of them, developed severe social anxiety to the point where you cant even be in a shop without throwing up, and cant hold a job and have no friends??

  6. Appreciate his sincerity but the structure of his speech flow not good . As we are bombarded by countless of Ted talks and information , the speech has to start off with a bang , a powerful intro. If not , after 90 seconds , people will lose interest

  7. It does not matter what people do to change our outside world; it is the inside changes we make that matter. If we change our inside world (our minds), the outside world will be a reflection of that change and be a paradise. For the 1st time ever the ultimate truth of life has been revealed, it explains the big picture of life in every facet, including the real truth about the nature of the mind and how to overcome the mental prison permantly. Google truthContest click on the earth icon and read the Present

  8. its not learning anything, it just telling about ur shit life story.that not leading anywhere ,,thats is your business ,,talk and bla bla bla . you wasting our time

  9. What's wrong with this guy's shirt ? Do U think shirt need to press .?. I think he came straight from bed to ted for talk //

  10. society is at its strongest when every individual is allowed to be who they are instead of who they are not. we must be selfish enough to let ourselves grow instead of focusing on what everyone else is doing as if you know what someone else needs when you are not even living their life and do not know their perspective other than what you believe it to be which is a reflection of yourself and not the person you paint the picture of that may be wildly out of tune with who that person believes themselves to be.

  11. Well what i learned from this is that this dude is just another privileged individual with a lot of money. bragging about his "awesome life" isnt going to help me find my passion..

  12. Must have been tough to follow your dreams and have confidence/security/etc. AFTER you already worked for a ridiculously high paying company and had funds to fall back on. Btw way to name drop your company… just another self promotion disguised as a TED talk.

  13. I'm sorry if you think this is a great talk but I feel it's pretty much worthless and he says practically nothing of any value to anyone over 25 yrs and some of his "wisdom" is absurd.

  14. What the hell is this. He could have conveyed it shortly and talked to the point. Such a slow story that often I was like "Dude, can you just come to the point?"

    It was too hard to get the gist out of this session. The length and monotony of the video bores you down. Else was cool.

  15. I found this video because i feel empty with no purpose, im really sad so i smoke weed, i put on fake personas to be liked. I just really need some help, pharmaceuticals do not work, im in therapy as well. I don't know how to stop feeling this way.

  16. This helped me a lot thank you… Just perfection!!!!!! Well I have also found an amazing video "70: Find Your True Purpose and Monetize Your Skills" by #VeronicaAnderson channel. It's also very impressive. If you have time then please take a look and subscribe the channel for more effective medical tips!!

  17. There's another video about how to find your passion by Terri Trespicio. It's much better than this, trust me.

  18. Enjoyed the talk. Well spoken and presented. It makes me question my own life and admittedly has me thinking about more positive changes to my own situation. The desire for new views, knowledge and ways to improve and live a better life is what the object of this and other Tedx talks are about. Eugene become uncomfortable with his life, and applied focus and discipline to have the life he lives now. I believe any one who has worked hard in all aspects of their life and created a life they love to live, and who wants to inspire others should be commended and listened to.

  19. Nice Video! Forgive me for butting in, I would appreciate your thoughts. Have you researched – Chiveard Discovering Potential Framework (should be on google have a look)? It is a great one off guide for finding your true calling and achieving success without the headache. Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my GF at last got cool success with it.

  20. The speech was inspiring. It showed what he was, where he was, how he was and what it took for him to be where he's at right now. I'm appreciative and thankful.
    The comments ? Some are good. Most are unwelcome, uncalled for, negative criticism. Being a positive/optimistic person, I say "long live free speech!"

  21. I really don't understand the whole "find your passion" philosophy. Passion is not something waiting to be discovered… it's something you have to create. There are two types of people in the world: Those who wait and those move. Stop trying to find your passion…. create excitement in your life and capitalize on your strengths. Don't know your strengths? Try different hobbies and develop different skills and you will learn them. It's never too late to become who you might have been. Stop making excuses, start acting.

  22. Umm… just like most talks, just a talk. No practical tools on how to get from A to B. For example, tools and tips on how to network with influenciers and reach top CEOs. Easy to say surround yourself with the right people but hard to apply when someone is an introvert or has social anxiety. We need tips and tools, we need a road map, we need an action plan. All those motivational speakers fail to help us. The only thing they seem good at is inspiring others and motivating them to do something. Life doesn't work like that. People aren't lacking in motivation, they lost motivation because they don't know what to do with their lives and because they have no road map. Simple

  23. The title of the talk "How to find your passion and inner awesomenes" (with awesomeness spelt incorrectly) is completely misleading. I found no useful information in this talk and at the end I felt it did not answer anything from the title. It's just some guy who is talking about himself and how awesome he is, how he went to college, how much money he was making in his first job (mentions that twice in case you didn't hear it the first time), the great things he feels has done, and feels he can inspire you by telling you all about himself. 17 mins of my life I will never get back. Every cliche you have ever heard is in it. I would normally never leave a negative comment but this was a misleading waste of time. The unenthusiastic laboured applause at the end sums it up. Credit to anyone who stands up to give a talk but only if it the experience has something of value for the audience, not just the speaker.

  24. I thought imagination was a metaphor until I was 28. Then I realized people could see things in their minds. 😳. No wonder I’m such a failure , I’m dead in the brain. I have zero imagination and a crippled body. Loose loose.

  25. Making money by doing something that you really love requires more than just passion.Find me out for more details.

  26. Everybody wants to do a TED talk and promote their personality – it seems we are living in times where digital media is offering you your 15 minutes of fame. If you want something more substantial you need to incrementally grow your identity and not be seduced by these quick ego trips. It takes time to build your true passions and interests, and patience is the one thing most of us lack.

  27. I bought a course from this guy with full of promises but not once did he reply to my email or messages bloody rubbish

  28. I feel like this guy copied someone else who also did a ted talk, cause i found one that literally says the majority of the stuff he said. Definitely some copying there. Scott Dinsmore did a strangely similar talk, and that video was published earlier

  29. Dropped it after 8 mins. Couldn't take it anymore. Not very informative or inspirational, just all about "me." There's much better talks out there!

  30. He did a few things wrongly….#1 Never turn your back to the crowd.
    #2 His tone was the same throughout the entire speech. Which makes it boring. And always show the story not tell the story..

  31. Yep, they were talking about great things… Like censorship and turning country into police state and clueless guys like you cheer for it!

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