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Living Passion Forward: How Cindy Pladziewicz Lives Her Passion

Editor's Note: Ms. JD's Annual Conference, Passion Forward, will take place February 21st-22nd in Austin, Texas.  In the months before the conference, we are pleased to be bringing you posts from our conference speakers.  To learn more about Passion Forward or to register for the conference yourself, click here. We look forward to seeing you in Austin!

My Top Five Passions (at this moment) are:

Human Development: I love learning and growing.  Just as much, I love helping others learn, grow and thrive.  I’m a follower of positive psychology, the science of what makes people flourish. 

Travel:  Travel keeps me humble and engaged.  It helps me remember that my way is not the only way, that there is so much I have not experienced and that we are all interconnected. 

Creativity:  A new idea, concept, way of viewing the world, art, humor.  All of these bring me to life. 

Kindness:  Kind people inspire me. 

Leadership:  Especially women’s leadership. 

To me, Passion Forward means:

Knowing your unique gifts and talents, seeking to understand how you are meant to share them with others, and having the courage to do that, again and again.

I try to live my life passion forward by:

Staying awake to new possibilities and new learning, and taking risks. 

My most passion forward moments are:

Each of the times I have stepped out of a safety zone to follow my passion: Leaving my small town to go to college and law school, leaving a law firm partnership to go back to psychology school, hanging out a shingle as a Psychologist, agreeing to teach my first class when I was so afraid that I shook the whole way through, leaving a salaried job to start my own consulting firm. 

Advice Time!  My favorite way to showcase my passion is:

By listening and asking questions. 

Every person you meet has something to teach you.  Take the time to listen deeply without judgment and figure out what that is.  You will be amazed. 

Dr. Cynthia (Cindy) Pladziewicz is President of Professional Development Perspectives, where she provides training, strategic planning, coaching and professional development services to lawyers, law firms and businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Dr. Pladziewicz is a licensed psychologist, attorney and Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Cindy is the plenary speaker for the Find Your Passion session at Ms.JD's Passion Forward Conference on February 21, 2014 at 9 a.m. 

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