Saturday, 23 August 2014

Welcome to The Thomas Report

My name is Carolyn "Care" Thomas and I am on a mission to improve my skills as a fashion designer.  In 2010 I graduated from the Fashion Arts program at Seneca College here in Toronto, Canada, and ever since I have been attempting to make the most of the knowledge and the skills I learned at school.

I am an avid reader, of both fiction and non-fiction, and recently I read a business book that has changed my life.  The book is called, "So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love" by Cal Newport.  I recommend this book to anyone who, like me, has often felt that the search for their "passion" has eluded them.  Rather than having a "Passion Mindset", Newport encourages his readers to have a "Craftsman Mindset" and to grow "Career Capital" by continuously improving on skills that are going to differentiate you in the marketplace by cultivating rare and valuable skills in your field of interest.

In his book, Newport outlines the "Law of Remarkability", which was essentially the inspiration for this blog.  Newport says that in order for "a mission-driven project to succeed, it should be remarkable in two different ways.  First, it must compel people who encounter it to remark about it to others.  Second, it must be launched in a venue that supports such remarking."

So, as I continue to grow and improve my sewing and fashion design skills, and write about my experiences on this blog, I warmly welcome your input and your feedback.

I sincerely hope that my efforts here inspire you to become "so good they can't ignore you" in your field of interest as well.

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