What exactly is passion? And how can we align it to our everyday work?
In this series, we meet the everyday people living life to the greatest potential by aligning passion to their work.
We meet the people who have been able to turn their passions into a career or a career into their passions. They have been able to find value in something they love and live, giving value to others.
Solli is an inspiration. He’s only 12, but he’s already having a big impact on making the world a better place. He’s an eager home-schooled student who is not quite yet a teenager, but already a budding humanitarian with an aim to make a difference to others. He was recently crowned with the title of the youngest winner in history of the recent 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Championship thanks to the Australian Poetry Slam and Word Travels. He’s a poet, an entrepreneur, an author and through these various platforms, Solli is able to live his passion.
Promote This: Congratulations Solli on winning the Australian Poetry Slam. You were the youngest person in the country to win… how did it feel to become the winner?
Solli: It was really amazing because I’ve always wanted to share what I have to say to the world and have everyone hear it, was really quite special.
Promote This: I bet Mum is really proud. What are you most passionate about?
Solli: I really just want to help inspire my generation. If anyone has a child or student that has an idea or dream, we should help them to reach for that dream or goal and be able to turn it into their reality. That’s where I think there’s a gap on their road to their success. I’ve been writing a book for the past few years about how to be an entrepreneur, and the good thing about it is that it’s not just about how to be an entrepreneur, it’s not just about how to run a business either. It’s about how to let people know how to turn their ideas into a reality and make people know that it’s possible to make their dreams happen.
Promote This: That’s so inspiring! Where did these passions come from and what for you are the main passions you care about the most?
Solli: I’m not too sure where they came from, but I have these big dreams and I’ve found that they can come true, like what happened with the poetry slam. I want to really help my generation know that their dreams can come true.
Promote This: You speak a lot about issues on education, homelessness, indigenous rights and refugees. How did you become so passionate about those issues?
Solli: My family and I always talk about modern day problems and things that are happening around the world so it’s important to have a good idea about what’s going on. So from that, I really just wanted to help change the world and help people see that there’s more potential to making tomorrow better than today.
Promote This: Exactly. And passion is really contagious too—obviously through your poetry you’ve been able to make a really big difference and we can’t wait to see how it all goes with your book because that’s going to have a really big impact on the lives of so many different people as well. Why do you think it’s so important to have passion in your life?
Solli: I think passion is what helps create change. Change is what we need and passion and trust is what helps change and we each need to stand up for what we have to say. Just imagine if Shakespeare didn’t stand up for what he believed in, or Martin Luther King didn’t stand up for what he loved. There wouldn’t have been change if they didn’t stand up. So I believe that we all need to stand up for our truths and what we believe in.
Promote This: How do you think we can learn to be passionate? Some of us have that fire within us but some of us are not aware of how much passion can enrich our lives which in turn, helps us to help other people. Do you think there’s ways that we can learn?
Solli: Definitely. What do they believe in or what do they want to get out of it? Do they want to help people or help themselves? That will really help spark what they believe in.
Promote This: For you personally, what’s the change that you wish to see in the world today?
Solli: I would love to see equality across every level of humanity, and just to see that general people like me who just have the confidence and want to speak their truths to be able to do that.
Promote This: Thanks so much for speaking with us today and we look forward to hearing about your book and what’s in store for you in the future!
You can find more about Solli’s poetry, humanitarian work, upcoming first book and his second one on the way at his website:
– Web: www.solliraphael.com.au
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/solliraphael/
– Instagram: @solliraphael