Pinpoint Your Hobbies

At the House of Shine we have long since understood the importance of hobbies.

Why we should have them, how they can help us, and why we shouldn’t dismiss them as the silly antics people engage in when they aren’t doing something more productive.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal about Ben Silbermann, CEO of Pinterest, helps reinforce our point.

The article explains that the idea for Pinterest partly stemmed from Silbermann’s childhood obsession with collecting things. In his case it was mostly insects.

Fast forward eighteen or so years and, in Shine Language, we would say Silbermann’s successfully found the point of intersection between his talents, interests, and a need he saw in the world around him.

First he graduated Yale. Then he acquired self-taught knowledge and skills in the area of technology.

We label that as Silbermann’s talent.

He maintained an inclination toward collecting things. We call this his interest.

And, finally, he observed a need: to provide internet users a way to catalog ideas.

Pinterest is the point at which all three of those things intersected – talent, interest, and need.

We call that Ben Silbermann’s Shine. His contribution.

And, if you take the time, the same will be true about you. And your kids. Each of us has a point of intersection – a place where our talents, interests, and a need that we see in the world  come together.

Hobbies provide important clues about where our interests lie.

One of my favorite hobbies growing up was writing short stories and plays that I performed on my front steps.

Then it was articles for my school paper and after that a dissertation.

Today it’s a blog post.

Yep, hobbies matter.

What are yours and how might they help explain a contribution you are making in your corner of the world?



Claudia Beeny

Founder and Executive Director of House of Shine

Posted on 1/15/17 3:40 pm by Claudia Beeny in: Personal Development

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