Find Your Passion
Updated: Jan 11
How to Find Your Passion
Finding your passion isn’t always a simple task. Some people seem to know what they love or what they were born to do. If that doesn’t sound like you, don’t worry. We have been there, too. We know what it’s like to feel lost and not know what your purpose or true calling is. Just to make sure we were on the right path, we talked to many different men and women who had also struggled in the past. After compiling all of our data, we can now tell you the best ways you can find your passion.
What Would You Do if You Didn’t Have to Work?
One of the first questions you can ask yourself to find your passion is pretty simple. Imagine you won the lottery or you somehow had infinite amounts of money. What would you do with your time? Would you spend it traveling? Maybe you should look into a career in travel blogging or as a flight attendant. Would you spend it painting or drawing? Maybe a career in the arts would be best for you.
When you eliminate the need to work you can discover what would make you want to work. As Mark Twain famously said, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life”.
If You Had Infinite Time, What Books Would You Read?
This was one of the questions posed in our research and we found it fascinating. If you had as much time as you wanted, what would you read about or watching documentaries on?
“For me, I noticed when I wasn’t working at my administrative job, I was watching documentaries about forensic science. When I wasn’t watching documentaries, I was reading hours’ worth of research online,” Mindy Peters, a forensic science technician from Florida revealed. “It wasn’t until I was standing in line at a bookstore one day with an armful of forensic science books that I wondered, ‘why am I not doing this full-time?’” she added.
If you’re already spending your free time researching or studying about a particular topic, it’s likely you’ve already found your passion.
Don’t Assume You Have to Be the Best
If you think you have to be the best at something to succeed, you’ve already set yourself up for failure. “There is probably always going to be someone better than you in your field of choice,” explains Michael Hawthorn, a software developer from California. “If I kept thinking to myself that I’d never be as good as Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, then I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
When you look at some of the most successful people in the world, you’ll begin to realize they are not necessarily “the best” at one thing. Rather, they have an accumulation of skills that they are good that. Oliver Emberton, the founder of Silktide, a British software company, added onto this thought.
“The most successful people are almost never defined by a single skill. They are a fusion of skills, often not even exceptional skills, but they’ve made their fusion exceptional,” Emberton states. “Steve Jobs was not the world’s greatest engineer, salesperson, designer or businessman. But he was uniquely good enough at all of these things and wove them together into something far greater.”
Ask Around and Take Notes
It’s time to act like a detective in an old-timey movie! Get out a small notepad and pen and do some investigating. The first thing you can do is think about everything you really love.
There are no wrong answers here, so write down anything that comes to mind.
Look around your room or your home as well.
Examine the art on the walls and the books on the shelf. Is there a common theme?
Jot down notes of anything you find.
Next, it’s time to talk to your friends and family, the people who love you and know you best. Ask them questions like, “what do you think I’m best at?” or “when do you think I’m happiest?”. You’d be surprised at the small nuances others pick up around you. It’s very likely they’ve noticed things you may not have thought about.
“It was actually my best friend who helped me find my passion,” says Ashley Marling, a vet technician from New Hampshire. “I was unhappy at my previous job and feeling lost. I told her I just wanted something that made me happy. It wasn’t even about the money anymore.”
That was when Marling’s best friend made an important observation. “She said that I never looked happier than when I was with animals,” Marling continued. “I actually made a joke, like, ‘too bad I can’t work with animals all day’. That was when I looked at her and it was like a lightbulb turn on. All the pieces suddenly came together.”
Stop Thinking and Start Doing
While a lot of the tips above on how to find your passion involve thinking, sometimes it’s more about doing. You can brainstorm all day long but until you’re actually out there doing it you may never know. Passion is found within your heart, not within your head. Therefore, if you haven’t already found your passion through the processes above, it might be time to go out into the world and find it.
“I found my passion completely by accident,” Jennifer Russell, a painting instructor from Georgia states. “I was looking for things to do and I saw a painting class downtown. I’ve always loved painting but I didn’t think I could ever make any money off of it. After I took that class, I took another and then another, and then I realized, ‘hey! I could do this!’. I really enjoyed taking the classes and it turns out I loved teaching them even more.”
If you’re having trouble finding your passion, it may be because you’re thinking too much with your head and not enough with your heart. Listen to your gut, follow what makes your heart race, and you too will find your passion.