Updated: November 2, 2021
Find your passion and do what you love. It will bring you happiness and success. Indeed, I believe that is true.
But how do you find your passion? How do you know what it is that you truly love? For most people, discovering their true passion in life doesn’t come easy.
Our family and friends continuously influence us; society’s demands and pressures keep us busy; and sadly, our desire to meet the expectations of others can steer us away from what really gives us meaning and purpose.
When this happens, how do you go back and rediscover the things that make you happy?
Today, get ready to set everyone else aside and just focus on what’s there inside you.
Here’s my personal guide on how you can find (once again) your true passion in life.
Start by asking yourself these questions:
- What were you were good at in school?
- When you enter a bookstore, which section do you stay the longest?
- When you’re bored, what do you daydream about?
- What topic can you talk about for hours with someone you just met?
- What are you willing to do for others for free?
List down all your answers to these questions and you will have a general idea of what excites you in life. These are your natural talents, skills, and interests – the things that you simply love.
Some of the items may be unrealistic, i.e. when you’re bored – you daydream that you’re Superman, but it’s all part of the discovery process. Your passion could be buried so deep inside you that you may need to go through several layers of consciousness just to find it.
Just like my friend, who does daydream that he’s Superman when he’s stuck in traffic. But NOT because he wants to be a crime-fighting superhero, but because he realizes that his true passion is his family. He wants to be Superman so he could go home faster and be with his wife and kids already.
Your passion are your choices
Study your list and understand that they are real opportunities that could help bring some positive changes in your life. Narrow down your list. See the overlaps and make it more concise.
Your aptitude in History during high school could very well mix with your fascination with biography books. Or your willingness to help friends with their party planning does overlap with your urge to talk about nice restaurants you’ve been to with people you just met.
Find the time and learn
By this time, there will be one or two things that will stand out on your list. This could very well be your true passion.
And the next natural step is to find the time to do something about it. Keep in mind that it’s never wrong to learn and pursue something that you love doing. And never let fear, ignorance and self-doubt hold you back.
Feed your curiosity. Read more. Take classes. Experiment on weekends. Try it out and see if you like it… NO… see if you LOVE it – and more often than not, you will.
The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play. This is a slow process, as it should be because anything worth doing takes time.
As you get better at it, and the more you have fun doing it, opportunities will manifest and you’ll soon find people who will be willing to pay you to do what you love.
Making a living out of your true life passion is a dream, but with enough focus, persistence, and hard work, that dream could someday be your reality.
Just like my Superman-daydreaming friend who spends several hours browsing through tech magazines in bookstores… he is now busy creating a home-based business buying and selling electronic gadgets online.
It’s a simple first step, but I can tell he’s enjoying every minute of it.
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