In a world of celebrity worship and disposable news, it's hard to find thought-provoking content that challenges us to think beyond our reality. Anthony Berklich achieves this with "Inspired Citizen," a web series and blog about social awareness, travel, lifestyle, and fashion. Berklich travels the world to interview passionate individuals who offer a refreshing and inspiring take on life.
Link TV caught up with Berklich to discuss his motivation behind "Inspired Citizen" and his message that everyone has the power to live the authentic life they have always dreamed of. Look out for hand-picked "Inspired Citizen" videos to be published weekly on Prism.
Anthony Berklich Q&A
How did you decide to begin "Inspired Citizen?"
I began "Inspired Citizen" out of a desire to see more inspiring content through both Internet and television platforms. The goal of the series has always been to provide insight into the lives of people who made the decision to pursue their passion and live authentically.
I just turned 30 and I see my generation as a turning point in our culture, where people are no longer willing to sacrifice themselves, on any level, for a job. The videos offer uplifting conversations and a look into our guest's life. We share how they got to where they are in their career or personal endeavors.
What are your hopes for the future of "Inspired Citizen?"
My hope for "Inspired Citizen" is to expand it into television and throughout the Internet for a wider audience to absorb the message.
Who is your favorite guest you have interviewed and why?
I don't have a favorite guest because each one has taught me something, a new lesson to incorporate into my life experience.
Where is the favorite place(s) you have traveled?
Picking my favorite destination for travel is very difficult as it changes frequently. But, one of my favorites is Ireland, because of the vast green spaces, peacefulness and kindness of the people.
How do you feel traveling has changed your life?
Traveling has changed my life immensely. I've been obsessed with it since I was a little boy. Traveling has both, opened up my world and made it smaller. It's given me a different perspective on global issues and has evolved me into a person who can have a conversation with anyone, from whatever background. You can get almost anywhere in the world within 24 hours, which has made me realize that the people we see on the news, the issues that are burdening other nations, are a lot closer than we think. Travel has made me feel more plugged-in to the world around me.
Do you have any travel tips or must-haves?
Know yourself. Know what excites you, what inspires you, and what makes you authentically happy. Use the answers to these questions to inform your travel decisions. Don't rely on what others say, fully, to dictate your actions when choosing a destination. You can only truly understand a place by experiencing it firsthand and I am always a fan of stepping outside of the box.
You have a dream job that many would love to have. Do you have any advice for those wishing to change their careers or lifestyles?
My advice to those wanting to have their dream job is to prepare yourself fully to step outside of your comfort zone. Realizing your dream, whatever it is, will require making the decision to consciously choose, every day, to continue forward - even if that is a challenge. But, that's okay.
We all have to pay our bills, but ask yourself if you are willing to put your true passion aside to do it. If the answer is no, start making small changes to move in the direction of your goals. I always look at working somewhere you despise or doing something you don't really want to do, as selling your time on this planet. Our time here is precious. Are we willing to sell one day of our life here for whatever the amount is we make per day at a job we hate? If that makes you shudder, as it does me, make it your priority to identify your passion and turn it into concrete action.
What do you recommend for "Inspired Citizen" viewers who are inspired by your videos to give back to their communities and the world at large?
To me, the best way to give back is to use your heart. If something moves you to take action and get involved, do it. Don't let your physical location stop you. If you identify or care about a cause happening 10,000 miles away, you can contribute and make a massive difference from wherever you are. Through social media and the Internet our world has grown closer - use the opportunity to put your passion into action for your cause of choice.