If you are a regular to my blog you will have often heard me speak about how much I love blogging and how important it is to do what you love in life. Just recently I came to think about the time before I started blogging and before I knew where my true passion lay. It got me thinking about how that can come about and what steps we can maybe take to increase our chances of discovering our passions and then turning them into realities.
1. Ask yourself this: “What subject could I read 100 books about (or watch T.V. programmes about) without getting bored?” “What could I do for five years straight without getting paid?” “What would I spend my time doing if I had the complete financial freedom to do anything?”
2. Don’t assume your passion should be your job: Don’t look at past career choices you have made and hope to find answers there. Your passion could be a million miles away from what you are currently doing.
3. Figure out what you don’t like doing: By figuring out what you don’t like makes figuring out the things you do like that bit easier. Don’t be disheartened by trying new things and then finding it is not for you, at least you are trying and getting one step closer to what is right for you.
4. Awesome talent is not a necessity. Even if you are not particularly talented in one area you can often combine talents to great effect.(These might not be the best examples but I think they make the point): Say you’re an average artist with a sense of humour, you won’t have much hope with an art degree and you can’t study ‘humour’ as a subject. But you could be a brilliant cartoonist. Or maybe an average business student with average programming ability and average sales skills. That person could perhaps become more of a general manager of others who are better suited to being specialists.
5. Don’t wait for a moment when it should suddenly all fall into place: Figuring out your true passion doesn’t happen overnight, it doesn’t suddenly just come to you when you are daydreaming about something else. In my experience, this mindset will often lead to disappointment. Be proactive – make it happen!
6. Remember what you loved doing when you were younger: Think back to what you loved doing at school, what classes you enjoyed or what hobbies you looked forward too. If you always enjoyed art or being creative or maybe history or sports then that could be a clue in itself.
7. Create something new: Starting from scratch can be the scariest and yet most exciting of possibilities. Creating something new and seeing it through to fulfilment can be a massive passion in itself. With passion comes liberation – perhaps It is the truest expression of who you are and if that is the case when you follow it, how can you possibly loose?!
Please do let me know your thoughts and if you have any tips of your own for figuring out how to find our passions in life.