Toulouse, France, January 2020;
It has been almost 2.5 years now, He said.
Yes, I know, I replied. Why do you keep on insisting that I move on?, I continued.
Him: You know why. I know you better than you know yourself.
Me: Yes, it has been a painful break-up and I still think about our time together.
Him: Yes I know. Still it’s time to break up with this one also.
Me: No, not again. It’s a painful process. I don’t want to go through this again.
Him: Your relationship is going nowhere and I can feel that you are not as committed as before.
Me: Yes. I start to feel it again. The feeling of boredom. The motivation is going down.
Him: Exactly. So let’s break up and move on.
Me: Hum, well, the uncertainty, the fear of not finding the right one, are you sure that I am ready to go through that again?
Him: Yes, it’s time to put yourself in mobility and find a new job in Airbus!
This is the kind of conversion I have with the voice in my head every 2.5 years where I feel the need to change jobs.
I am lucky to have such a possibility in a big company like Airbus where switching jobs is possible with all the challenges inherent to an internal job search.
Until recently, I was not conscious that I was not alone with the need to switch from one area to another. For me it manifests in my professional life mainly and somehow in my personal life.
Then I had a discussion recently with a friend and a colleague from Airbus, Laid Adda, who shared with me the TED talk below by Emilie Wapnick about Why Some of us Don’t Have One True Calling:
I have always been a multipotentialate and we are legion.
In this article, I will share how I fulfill all my passions and how I use digital technologies and big corporations to help me achieve it.
“I am a Renaissance guy”, I tell my friends when they ask me why I do so many different things.
In this representation is hidden the GLAASS that I nourish my soul with.
G as Google
Google represents my curiosity, my seeking of knowledge through its search page.
In 2003, I started my engineering studies in Aeronautics and Space at ISAE (Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace), in Toulouse France.
To do my studies properly, I needed a personal computer. With some other students, we decided to order together some PCs from a store that will assemble them for us at a competitive price.
At that time, my monthly scholarship of 300€ and my savings were not enough to live and buy me an 800 € computer. So I contracted a loan with a bank.
You can imagine how I loved and cherished that first PC of mine. It was the first time that I had my own computer. And thanks to the school, we had free Internet connection on campus, which was a big deal in 2003.
To do my search at the time, I used AltaVista search engine, which was a mess as a web page.
Later on, I discovered the Google homepage search engine and fell in love with it since then.
With Google, I love that I can find anything I am looking for in a blink of an eye. Google is my wikipedia. I spend countless hours reading and learning new things thanks to Google.
Yes the company went from “Don’t be evil” to the Hydra we know today.
I still believe that Google is having a positive impact on the world as a platform to access the knowledge of the world for free.
And Youtube has created more cinematographers, photographers and directors that all the specialised schools in each sector combined.
I am a visual person, and watching videos on maths by Mathologer would have been a huge difference when I was a student.
Google feeds my thirst for knowledge and teaches me how to be a better content creator.
L as LinkedIn
LinkedIn represents my willingness to connect with people making the change and leading in their field.
This is one of the few social platforms where the majority of people have their real name and generally also showcase their skills and expertise.
I joined the platform in September 2008, as I just entered the professional area at the time. My initial intent was to connect to people that could help me find a job.
The more I spent time here, the more I shifted from just connecting to more impacting.
Indeed with LinkedIn, I can see the people who hold jobs that I would love to get. I will study their career and it gives me a hint of what path I might take to be in the same position as them
For me LinkedIn is a source of inspiration and the possibility to comp^^ess time by learning from others.
As someone who also wants to have a positive impact in the world, I am using this platform to showcase my view of the world and to get instant feedback.
Indeed at work, I might think that I am a victim of unconscious bias now and then. However, on LinkedIn, people don’t know me personally. I put out my work and they will give me instant feedback. The diversity of people on the platform is also inspiring for me.
As a black, African activist, I love to see black people rising on other big companies. They serve as inspiration for me in France.
LinkedIn feeds my need for growing professionally and gives me an opportunity to have a positive impact on a personal level.
A as Apple
Apple represents the simplicity of creation with a set of tools which are easy to use and a clean user interface that helps me focus while creating.
I did have the iPhone 3G back in 2009. Even though I loved the user interface, I was not attracted by the constraints of always having to plug the phone into only 5 computers to be able to put in data into the device.
Since I ditched my iPhone 3G, I am a big fan of Android phones because I can use them as I want.
The one Apple product that I love is my MacBook Pro 13’ Retina that I bought in 2014. I am still using it today to write this article.
Apple gives me a compact laptop with integrated software and hardware to express my artistic needs.
At work, we have Microsoft Windows laptops. And at work, I am an engineer, a customer support engineer. Well working in this area, I am surrounded by processes and cells, Microsoft Excel cells. I lack the possibility to express my artistic needs at work.
However at home, I write, create nice presentations and edit my videos using built in softwares from Apple.
The user interface is easy, it’s smooth and not distracting.
Apple provides me with simple and powerful tools to feed my need to unleash my full potential for creating new things.
A as Amazon
Amazon has not good press nowadays. Yes Jeff Bezos is the richest person on Earth thanks to Amazon.
I did not always love reading. Yet 3 years ago, I started loving reading again. Indeed I felt like my soul was dry and that my life was not going in the direction I wanted.
I was home sick and I stumbled on the famous series Top 10 rules for success from the Youtube channel of Evan Carmichael. I was hooked.
Some days after that, Youtube recommended me a video from the Youtube channel Charisma on command by Charlie and Ben.
In one of his videos, Charlie shared his list of the 12 Best Personal Development Books that have changed his life.
I decided to give a try. I went to Amazon and bought them all. As of today, I read 10 out of the 12 books.
Thanks to Amazon recommendations, based on my previous purchases, I discovered more books to read.
Most of the world knowledge today is only accessible in English and thanks to Amazon, I can have any book I want, delivered to my mailbox within days.
Amazon is the library that I have dreamt of. It feeds my needs for personal development and my willingness to iterate daily, weekly, monthly and yearly to become a better version of myself.
S as Spotify
Spotify is the platform that provides me with brain food and positive vibes in all my devices.
I am listening to the Epic Gaming playlist whilst writing this article.
I would have loved to be a musician or a singer. I might explore such a career one day.
When I was in High School at Lycée Lamine Gueye, in Dakar, Senegal, we were learning music, just in theory.
Our music teacher would come and write some music notes on the blackboard. I did 3 years of music without being able to hear one instrument. Everything was in the mind. For me it was just like maths, but in silence.
My first music tape was a pirate tape that was given to me by one of my cousins in Dakar, Liberté 3 district. Mountaga was older than me and when I went to visit him one day, he gave me a cassette with a compilation of sounds.
At home in Dakar, being from a muslim and conservative pular family, music was “haram” (forbiden in Arabic). I never listen to music while growing up with my brothers and sisters. We would listen to it when we went out to our friends house or in the streets.
Music is my brain food now. And this article about how to Keep Your Brain Young with Music gives even more insight about the power of music.
With Spotify, I have access to unlimited music and podcasts to listen to, for only 2.5 € a month. Yes, I am sharing a subscription with some friends. In life, we don’t always have to pay the full price sometimes.
One of my favorite podcasts is the Tony Robbins Podcast, which I love to listen to when in my car or when walking to work in the morning or getting home at the end of the day.
Spotify is the spell that awakens the genius from within. With the platform, I can focus and be in the flow while creating content.
S as Soundcloud
Soundcloud is what makes me dance. If I listen to music on Spotify, I dance to the music with Soundcloud.
In 2003, when I was in engineering school at ISAE (Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace), I discovered Rock and Roll dancing. Indeed, we could do dancing as a sport activity. This is how I was hooked up with dancing.
Once again, as a muslim and a pular, dancing was even worse than listening to music. I never gave myself the permission to learn dancing until that moment where I was in France, far away, where nobody could judge me because I was dancing.
In my second year of engineering school, I discovered Salsa dancing, cubano style.
What I love about dancing, especially couple dancing, is the connection with strangers for the length of a song.
One of those strangers is now the partner of my life and I am the father of her children.
Soundcloud feeds my dancing needs and helps me to express myself differently thanks to my body. I love dancing as it is a way for me to disconnect from the world and to connect to the partner in dance with whom I am sharing this unique moment in time.
You can notice that I only focused on big platforms which do not have good press today. I believe that as us, Human beings, our creations also have their own flows.
Yet I choose to see the beauty in all of these platforms in the way that they help me add value to myself and to others.
In summary, this is the GLAASS that I eat to feed my multipotentialate mind:
- G as Google
- L as LinkedIn
- A as Apple
- A as Amazon
- S as Spotify
- S as Soundcloud
Unlike the Google glasses, my GLAASS has some black magic that makes it so powerful for me.
What kind of GLAASS do you eat?
How are you leveraging technology for good?
What editors inspired you the most?
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