Passion Creates our Own Background in Leadership

My parents tell me that my life started on a sunny day in August of 2004; however, I
believe my life began when I first downloaded the YouTube app. I became addicted to
YouTube at the age of 11. Still, instead of watching videos related to sports, music, or
trends, I listened to self-improvement videos with new ideas that I could implement into
my life. During car rides, meals, and even while brushing my teeth, I binged these videos
from Nathaniel Drew, Tim Ferris, Jay Shetty, Michelle B, and Nate O’Brian, just to name a

Over the course of the following years, as I entered the leadership realm, my passion for
these sorts of videos, podcasts, and books finally became advantageous. See, the thing
was that this passion not only improved my life but could also benefit groups. These
were not self-improvement ideas but rather leadership skills. I utilized concepts such as
the 80/20 rule, Price’s law, the Dunning Kruger Effect, and how to create a good culture
in Student Government, Student Roundtable, and other areas of my life. The new ideas
were not just ideas but applicable concepts. My passion proved very valuable as I’ve
utilized this knowledge even to this day.

We all have our unique backgrounds, and this differentiated background will drive us to
become our own leaders. I recently learned of the idea of prescriptions: by following the
steps that others have followed, we will only reach their level but never surpass them.
Therefore, you must create and follow your own path. Our unique passions lead to our
own path, our own background, our own individuality, and our own prescriptions, so
follow your passions. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll be the ones making YouTube
videos for other 11-year-olds around the world.