By Laura Bladow • January 20, 2014•Features
“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.” – H.Thurman
As you can probably imagine, with a B.A. in International Affairs and as a participant and staff member at countless Model United Nations conferences over the years, I’ve spent a great deal of my time not just asking, but fiercely debating with my peers over the question: “What does world need?” And while that question appears to be a good place to start when looking to change the world, I was asking the wrong question for years.
When I joined Ms. JD’s staff eight months ago I had no idea how this position would positively impact my life in so many incredible ways. Still stuck asking the wrong question, I found myself working with a fantastic group of accomplished women who hold passion at the center of everything they do. They truly come alive through Ms. JD’s work to support women law students and lawyers. This passion is contagious, and within a few weeks of coming onboard I found myself talking to my friends enthusiastically about each event and new assignment.
It took a while (and a close friend pointing it out to me), but I started asking the right question once I realized that this work makes me come alive. When passion takes over, work rarely feels like work. Rather, I feel energized and excited about the larger projects I’m contributing to and creating. Working for Ms. JD makes me come alive because I have a passion for organizations centered on women helping women advance in the professional world.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for me. As I carve out my professional path, I will continue to ask myself what makes me come alive and strive to live passion forward.