3 Life Changing Lessons to Following Your Passion

3 Life Changing Lessons to Following Your Passion

Entrepreneurship, building your own business, creating your own products and services will always lead to a question, “Is this what you truly want in life?” “Are you doing this because you love to do it?”

These specific topics are always connected to the word PASSION. Why? Most people think this is what is going to drive them to start doing the things that they wanted to do – their dreams and goals. Passion is what drives you to succeed because you are completely dedicated to making your business work no matter how hard the process may be.

Here we have an individual who has shared his life and experiences in following his passion. Throughout his journey, he realizes lessons that lead him into following his passion.

Meet “Pinoy at heart” Kyle Douglas Jennermann of Kulas of Becoming Filipino. He runs a blog, #BecomingFilipino, where he documents his experiences and his journey to become a Filipino. He describes his blog as “the journey of a 26-year-old Canadian trying to ‘Become Filipino.’ Simply put, I am not Filipino. I don’t have a Filipino passport and it would be almost impossible for me to get one. Truth is I will never be able to say ‘I am Filipino’.” His passion to share inspiring travelogues and promote Filipino culture brought him to the limelight across different social media platforms.

Here are his learnings over the years he has spent in living in the Philippines:

1. Be Consistent

A little background history on how Kulas started his journey in vlogging. He was working in Hong Kong in November 2013 when Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) struck, devastating Tacloban City and other parts of the Visayas. “I was with Filipinos at that time in Hong Kong and seeing the way it affected them, I just wanted to do something,” he says. He decided to quit his job and flew to Cagayan de Oro where he ended up packing relief at a Red Cross station. Soon after, he ended up in Tacloban about two weeks after the typhoon on a relief mission and also to look up a Hong Kong colleague who was from there. With his camera, Jennermann started documenting the damage. Afterwards, he would sit outside the United Nations tents—the only places then with Internet signal—and upload his videos on YouTube so friends and family could see how desperately help was needed. Almost a decade living in the Philippines, Kulas has been consistent in what he has been doing. Improvements have been made along the way but his strategy remained consistent – vlogging.

2. Stick to what works

Kulas decided to quit his job and flew to Cagayan de Oro where he ended up packing relief at a Red Cross station. He went to Tacloban about two weeks after the typhoon on a relief mission. Afterwards, he set up OneTacloban described as no “red tape, no politics, no bulls” with his Filipino friends. It was able to raise P500,000 in donations and helped in reopening up a school for children. He now currently resides in Cagayan de Oro which is also where he became known by a Pinoy nickname, Kulas. He runs a blog, #BecomingFilipino, where he documents his experiences and his journey to become a Filipino. Kulas believes that “If you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you have always got.”

3. Challenge yourself and do something unique

He’s been delighting social media as he blogs about himself eating balut, singing the crab song in Tagalog, and riding a carabao, to basically just trying all the things that make up the unique Filipino culture. He also says he needs proud Pinoys to help him with creating a list, but not just any list, a list that will help him in #BecomingFilipino. If you’re interested in helping him, you can reach him in his blog, #BecomingFilipino or his Facebook page, Becoming Filipino. A Canadian wanting to be a Filipino and learning a culture you’re not familiar with shows that he was willing to get out of his comfort zone to challenge himself.

Reference:

https://www.facebook.com/becomingfilipino

https://globalnation.inquirer.net/107401/canadian-wants-to-be-filipino-just-call-him-kulas

https://www.goodnewspilipinas.com/canadian-blogger-loves-ph-wants-to-become-filipino/

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