OWJ Australia Participant

My name is Paul Seymour. I’m 24 years old, live in Brisbane, Queensland, and I’ve made a promise to myself that over the next year I’m going use my best endeavours to find a career that I’m truly passionate about.

I graduated in 2004 from Clontarf Beach SHS, completing a Certificate 3 in Sport and Recreation. Upon graduating, I was accepted into the Sunshine Coast University but chose to defer as I wanted to take the chance to have a break from my studies and see what else the world had on offer.

I enjoyed the opportunity to go on adventures, whether it be travelling to visit different places and friends along the East Coast of Australia, or in other countries. Over the years I’ve travelled to Thailand and backpacked throughout England, Scotland, Germany, U.S.A. and Canada where I have been able to immerse myself in the many different ways of life that our world has to offer.

At the end of 2009 I found myself working in Vancouver, Canada for the Winter Olympics. It was here that I was introduced to Sean Aiken’s journey throughout North America, The One-Week Job Project. A good friend of mine, Tom, passed along Sean’s book upon my returning to Australia in 2010. He didn’t say much, just gave me the tagline (One Man, One Year & 52 Jobs) and told me that it really helped him to answer the question of what he wanted to do in life and suggested that I read it. (Tom is currently involved heavily in pursuing his passion within CrossFit, Vancouver. It‘s been eye opening to see the difference it has made in the way my friend pursued his passion!)

When I returned to Australia mid 2010, I began working for an Employment Organisation. While working there it became apparent to me for the majority of the time that, although I was helping people get back into work, I was at the same time assisting/watching so many people to just settle for any job that they/I could find for them. These were more often than not uninspiring positions for the person to be going into. Whether it be by choice, necessity or obligation.

I was able to assist some of my clients into gaining employment within a job/career that they were truly passionate about. This was by far the most rewarding part of the job, but was also the part of the job that led me to ask certain questions of myself: What is it that I am truly passionate about? Am I passionate about the job I’m doing? Am I prepared to just settle and be content in my job or am I going to challenge myself and have the courage to search for what truly makes me happy?

After strong consideration I knew that I wasn’t passionate about the job, and so I handed in my letter of resignation which also became a letter of intent for myself.

An exert from it read as follows –

My decision to resign is an inspired one. Where I hope to strive and achieve something that I know not everyone will get a chance to do in their life. Which is, to find a job I’m truly passionate about doing for a career. I don’t yet know where or what it is, but what I do know is that I’m going to use my best endeavours to find out.

After all we work for the majority of our lives, why not take the chance to spend 1 year of it to search, question and discover what it is I’m truly passionate about doing? Then use what I’ve learned to enable me to shape the life that I want to lead with clarity and passion as my driving force.

As Sean once wrote to me, sharing the words of Howard Thurman:

Don’t ask what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs, is people who have come alive.

So with that ingrained in my mind I’ve set out to seek what makes me come alive and with my story I’m hoping to inspire other Australians to do the same.

This is the beginning of my journey…

– Paul