Sadly, about 75% of us do not know what we are passionate about. To make it worse, we have no idea how to tap into the passion lurking inside us. We hear people talking about it, living it and making money off the pursuit of their passion. What about the rest of us?
Here are some questions to ask while searching for your passion:
- What did I always enjoy doing as a child?
- While participating in those childhood pursuits, what skills and talents were required?
- What are you currently drawn to? What skills and talents are required?
- What do you read about the most?
- What are your talents?
- What are you skills?
- What have you always wanted to do?
- What task or project are you working on that absorbs your attention so that you do not even notice time passing?
- When you talk about something, how enthusiastic are you?
- Ask people around you: What do you think are my talents and skills? Sometimes others can see us better than we see ourselves. What topic of conversation makes me light up while we are talking?
- What are you good at?
- What do you enjoy that utilizes skills and talents you can develop?
- What do you dream about doing? Do not be shy. Think big.
An obese person dreams of doing a triathlon. However, he knows from childhood this is something he always wanted to do. This person does not have the body for the sports involved, specific muscles are not developed, etc. So he starts slow by losing the weight and getting involved in an exercise program.
As the weight comes off, he intensifies his training, working up to the level of fitness required to swim, run and bike for miles on end. He is happy and that happiness builds as he realizes his goal. He becomes passionate about racing, health and fitness.
Then he competes in his first triathlon and finishes in the specified amount of time. No, he did not come in first. That is not point. He did something that fulfilled him. Along the way, he found related things to be passionate about. Now after his first big race, he shoots his aim higher and continues to train and compete. He also coaches people along and has become an inspiration to others. This is exactly what he wanted to do in life.
There are many resources out there that can help guide us in the quest to discover our passion. One of the first things to do is Google “finding your passion”. There are many good blogs and articles out there to help people get started. Also consider these books:
Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow by Marsha Sinetar
I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It by Barbara Sher and Barbara Smith
One thing needs to be clear. Having a passion for something and pursuing it does not always equate to earning money, especially not right away. So do not quit your job today. Many cleaver people have found a way to combine their passion with work. It is possible but be realistic. Sometimes what thrills us may not be able to pay the mortgage or put food on the table—at least not yet.
Have you discovered your passion? What is it? How did you find it?