How do you find out what you’re passionate about?
“Follow your passion” has become a well-worn phrase. But what happens if you don’t know what your passion is?
Struggling To Find Your Passion?
We’ve searched the web for the best answers and this is what people have to say.
Answer by: Justine Musk on Quora It’s not what gives you bliss or makes you happy 24/7, but what you’re willing to suffer for—what you genuinely believe to be worth the sacrifice The next time you feel energized and strong and like the best version of yourself—the you that you wish you could be all the time—pay attention to what you’re doing in that moment. Do this for as long as it takes until you see a pattern emerging. It won’t necessarily be the activities themselves, but they will have something in common. Look into them and behind them until you find what dramatists call a throughline: the essence of what you’re good at and what drives you.
Answer by: Melissa Chu on Inc.com.
To Find the Future, Look to the Past
Your past behavior is a strong indicator for how you’ll act and respond to situations in the future. Over time, these tendencies come out over and over again. It’s interesting how people can observe things about us that would never have occurred in our heads. They take notice of something and then might make a comment in passing:
“You’re really good at connecting with people.”
“You always seem to read what I’m thinking!”
“Have you ever thought of pursuing a career in [X]?”
When various people make comments like this, there’s something going on. Listen when this happens. Looking forward, it seems difficult to figure out what we should be doing, or whether we’re making the right decisions. But when we pursue something that almost comes naturally, it almost seems blindingly obvious.
Answer by: Raj Singh on dreaminfinity.com
Discover Your Passion By Connecting The Dots.
Your Passion is at the Heart of your Interests. If you are struggling to find your passion, I would suggest you list down all your interests. Don’t judge or get into editing mindset, just list them down. Now, your passion is something that links all or majority of your interests Your passion is your Keystone Interest. Think of it as a thread that connects your interests. For instance, if your interests are filmmaking, storytelling, blogging, copywriting and so on, chances are that WRITING is your passion!
Answer by: Ken Coleman on daveramsey.com
There are three basic questions I always ask when helping people identify the kind of work that would make them come alive every morning.
But before you get started on these questions, I need you to get out of your head and into your heart. Put away anything and everything you’ve been programmed to believe since entering the “real world,” and instead keep an open mind to what you (not your parents or your siblings or anyone else in your life) truly desire to do. Deal? Okay, let’s get started:
1. Who do I most want to help? The important thing here is to get specific. What group of people do you want to help? Do you want to help underprivileged youth? Overwhelmed CEOs Marketers who are struggling to find customers? The possibilities are endless.
2. What problem do I most want to solve? Once you know what group of people you want to help, it’s time to nail down what specific problem you most want to help them solve.Maybe you want to help underprivileged youth apply for scholarships so they can attend college debt-free. Or maybe you want to help overwhelmed CEOs learn how to get organized and delegate their responsibilities. Or perhaps you want to help marketers with great products turn their email subscribers into paying customers. Whatever solution you want to provide, make sure it’s specific enough that you can clearly define and communicate it.
3. What solution do I most want to provide? Sometimes your passion doesn’t come from a specific problem you want to solve, but from a specific solution you want to provide. In other words, you may not care what problem you’re solving as long as you get to speak to an audience, publish an article, or increase sales for an organization. The solution—or end result—you dream about producing is a great indicator of what you’re passionate about. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to do some digging:
What do you love to create?
What results move you?
What products or services excite you?
Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, harness your power to your passion. Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart, and success will come to you.
– Oprah Winfrey