January 23, 2012

Live Your Passion: Adam Braun Interview with Melissa Kong

Check out some of Adam's latest interview with Melissa Kong at the Student Branding Blog! Adam shares his thoughts on the importance of getting out of your comfort zone, starting a movement, and finding your purpose.. Incredibly inspiring! Here are some excepts. Read the full interview here! MK: Did you always know what you wanted to do? AB: I didn’t know until I started traveling. Within the first few weeks of being in the developing world, I knew that was what I wanted to spend the rest of my life working on. I was 21 years old when I figured out exactly what I wanted to do–and I felt and still feel very fortunate, because a sense of purpose is one of the hardest things to find. When you find what your purpose is, you are able to steer your compass directly towards it. MK: What are the traits of successful leaders? AB: The first is ambition. People that are successful entrepreneurs just want their success so much more than other people are willing to put on the line. The other thing is vulnerability. I think successful leaders have an element of personal vulnerability that they tap into. They recognize when something is scary and they might be wrong, but that allows them to be personally humble, while exuding extreme confidence onto an idea that is bigger than them. So, I can be insanely confident about PoP, as long as I can balance that with personal humility–it allows successful entrepreneurs to push forward an idea rather than themselves. And finally, a great work ethic is critical. Successful leaders spend way more hours on their work than the average person. MK: What advice would you give to current students seeking to live their passions? AB:  First, get out of your comfort zone. Travel. Go beyond the places that make you feel safe, and then you’ll figure out who you are, what makes you feel most alive. The second thing is to surround yourself with people who push you to grow. People that aren’t excited to see you change are not people who will help you become more successful and passionate about something that you care about. The third is to be willing to be wrong. Those people who have succeeded? It’s their third, and fourth and tenth time. But, you only know about that one beacon of success. There is this notion that if you don’t hit it out of the park on your first try, you should stop trying. That goes back to the vulnerability, where you maybe will be scared and know that you could be wrong, but you go for it anyway. Just try. Even if it doesn’t work out, it’s OK. Just move in that direction. Move in the direction of what you love, and you’ll be happy.

Carlo Dumandan

Digital Media Manager