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Why Do You Do What You Do (WDYDWYD)? NHI Students and Instructors Respond to the Provocative Question and Internet Meme from Tony Deifell Featured in Wired Magazine

With Thanksgiving approaching and thoughts of helpfulness and selflessness on our minds, we thought it would be the perfect time to share answers to the simple yet powerful question, “Why Do You Do What You Do?”.  This self-inquisitive question has become a popular meme that is, as Google’s Evan Wittenberg mentions in a recent Wired Magazine article, “…a deceptively simple way to get people to connect to their core values and tell their story.”

 Check out the article by clicking the Wired link below!


At NHI’s San Francisco Campus, all of the Staff and Faculty post their responses to the question on a bulletin board for everyone to see and to remind everyone to keep the question in the back of their minds.  Throughout all of our campuses, the question is used to build emotional intelligence and is an amazing way to learn about ourselves and our peers.  You can check out a video of why some of our students chose massage therapy on our website.  Here are just a few responses from NHI Staff and Graduates when we asked, Why Do You Do What You Do?

Emily Devenny (SF Student Life and Career Coordinator): I get to be inspired every day by students and grads who are following their passion and help them create their own paths towards work they love.

Kamaljit Bains (NHI Graduate): Creating space for more happiness, freedom and love… and Helping people let go of past time energy so that they can be fully present.

Lisa Mendiola-Flores (Emeryville Faculty): For the simple rush of smiling from the inside out.

Since Tony Deifell originated this question at Burning Man in 2004, it has spread across the internet and people not only love to answer the question themselves, but to share the joy of hearing the responses of people they care about.  This Thanksgiving, instead of the age-old “What are you thankful for?” why not ask everyone at the table, “WDYDWYD?”


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