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Inside Out - helping people to find their passion & purpose
Campbell Butterss, Inside Out, Vent
Inside Out founder - Campbell Butterss

Campbell Butterss had a secure, well-paid job in media sales when it dawned on him that it wasn't enough anymore. "It was a great platform," Butterss reflects. "Earning good money certainly did my self esteem some good, but it just didn't resonate with me anymore. It was becoming increasingly difficult to persuade clients to buy something, especially when I didn't know if it'd actually work for them. In fact, I got to the point where I didn't even care if it did. I just wasn't passionate about what I was doing and everyday was becoming more of a stretch."

However, it took stopping one of his mates from choking on a steak sandwich before what he needed to do became clear. "I had a bit of an epiphany," Butterss explains. "It dawned on me that I had to help people everyday. I'd always enjoyed public speaking and teaching others, but the idea specifically was that I'd get in some expert speakers share their ideas, centering around people's pain points - issues of spirituality, work, finances, relationships. It'd be a growth hub. The aim was that people could share their stories, identify with each other and start finding their own passion."

... and that's exactly what he's done. In November 2013 Butterss launched his company Inside-Out, whose very mission is to help people find their passion and purpose. Butterss thinks it's critical. "Having a passion gives you direction in life. When you know that 'this is your road, 'it relieves a lot of the doubt that we can experience in life. Life becomes a lot more fulfilling. I reached the awareness that I was most fulfilled when I was helping others and, now that I understand that principle, I want to help instil it in others."

Inside-Out provides one-on-one mentoring and tailored workshops, but some of its key activities are the Vent sessions. "We've had four Vents so far," Butterss says. "The basic concept is that we create an authentic space where people can turn up and listen to some really cool stories. The goal is to inspire people and spark something within them that prompts them to make changes in their own lives. It's a comfortable environment to explore those ideas - you're surrounded by like-minded people."

"In terms of our speakers - they're all people who have found their passion and are really going after it. These are everyday people, which was a very deliberate decision, who have often gone through adversity and then found their passion - that gives real hope. For instance, one of our previous speakers was Ryan Doughty, who broke his neck in a gym accident and was never meant to walk again. That was the catalyst for him to find his real passion. Now he's married with five kids and runs an adventure camp. "

Campbell Butterss, Inside Out, Vent
Vent in action

It's obvious that Butterss has found his calling - he clearly delights in his career. "It's early days, but we had nearly 100 people turn up at the last Vent. Seeing how people engage is so rewarding - people are really digging deep inside and it's having an effect. Nine months ago, that would have been a pipe dream."

In an exciting development, the next Vent is free. "We're giving something away to help people grow and to empower them. All you need to do is turn up and listen," Butterss laughs.

In the meantime, Butterss has some great advice for people who feel stuck or don't know what they want to do. "I think deep down everyone really does know but we get a bit blocked by life," he muses. "All the answers we need are actually inside, but sometimes you might need a bit of guidance to find out. My first tip is to start by asking others who're doing what they love. How did they find their passion? Once you get a bit of an idea about yours, write it down and start brainstorming it - maybe make a vision board. The biggest stumbling block for a lot of people is that they stop at that point - they don't go the next step and ask for it. For a little while before the steak sandwich incident I'd been thinking that maybe finding my passion and purpose belonged in the too hard basket, but three weeks beforehand I remember saying that 'there's something more to be had' and I asked for it. Then, three weeks later the moment happened - you've got to ask!"
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Why? Life's too short not to find your passion
When: 6-9.30pm
Where: NAB - The Arena - 700 Bourke St Docklands , VIC 3008
Cost: Free!
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