How To Discover Your Passion
Every so often we ask ourselves that one question that never seems to get old. What should I do with my life? The answer, too, remains unchanged. Follow your passion!
Why, then, is it that we find ourselves in jobs, places and situations that don’t make us happy?
To be encouraged to follow your heart and to do what you love is a great thing. But to ‘follow your heart’ is a remarkably nebulous piece of advice. What should you do with this advice when you don’t know what it is that you love to do?
How do you follow your passion when you don’t know what your passion is?
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Let’s try to understand ‘passion’ as more than just the self-evident and self-explanatory term that it seems to have become. Let’s not expect the word ‘passion’ to evoke in our minds an image of something clear, definite and desirable. Let’s not expect to see at once the picture of something we’ve always wanted. Before we begin to understand what our passion is, let’s first try to understand what passion means.
What does ‘passion’ mean?
1. Your passion isn’t always just one thing that is waiting to be discovered.
Your passion is also not likely to be something that already resides within you and is waiting to be pursued. Sometimes, your passion emerges in response to how you observe and interact with the world around you. At the same time, your passion is likely to be the result of a unique combination of the many interests that you may have.
2. Now let’s make a distinction between a ‘hobby’ and a ‘passion’.
A hobby is typically seen as something recreational and leisurely. Your passion should be more than just that. It should be creative, productive and yet in sync with your interests. Of course, you could look to build upon your hobbies to find your passion.
3. When they ask you to follow your passion, they mean that the thing that interests and motivates you must also translate into something useful.
If you find that you’re interested in something that does not necessarily lend itself to a productive pursuit, then following your passion becomes all about seeing how your many skills, strengths and interests come together in unique ways to create something new, meaningful and valuable.
For instance, you may find that you’re very good at keeping your things organised. At the same time, you’re also very good at public speaking. And you’re also interested in filmmaking. Now these three interests may seem disparate and unrelated. But, for instance, if you were to start your own YouTube channel, you could really put all your skills and interests to use to help people stay more organised in various ways.
How can you discover your passion?
When it comes to discovering your passion, the most important thing to do is to start looking for outside the boundaries of the creative arts, social causes and other such realms that have almost become synonymous with the idea of passion.
Spend time with yourself to identify:
a) what you’re good at
b) what you feel strongly about
c) what has sustained your interest (it need not be something ‘creative’—it could be anything)
d) what you have a knack for
e) what people credit or compliment you most for, etc.
If you find that you cannot identify your passion, you must make sure that you are open to all kinds of new experiences. Experimenting with and learning new things is sure to help you find something that drives you.
Finally, the most important thing to remember is that your passion may not always have a name for it. For instance, your passion may not always be “music” or “art” or “teaching”. Sometimes–as we mentioned earlier–it could be a unique combination of many things that are yet to come together to become something powerful and meaningful.
What can you do to follow your passion?
Following your passion is simply about blurring the lines between work and play—to do what you love. Once you recognize your passion, you must see how you can bring your skills, strengths and interests together in a way that makes you happy, and leaves you feeling satisfied and accomplished.
Following your passion is all about bridging that gap between what you really like to do and what the world really needs.
To find and follow your passion, you must first spend some time understanding yourself. What is it that you really like to do? In what way can you pursue your interests while tapping into your key skills and also benefiting others at the same time? When you draw upon what is unique to you, you will realize that you have something new to offer.
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