4 Incredible Ways You Can Discover Your Passion in Less Than 10 Minutes
Often during my conversations, I have heard people saying, “I don’t know what my passion is”. I am sure you could also be nodding in the affirmative. Do not worry, for you are not alone. This statement echoes my sentiments before I discovered what truly drives me, what makes me forget the difference between day & night, Monday & Friday, time to eat and time to sleep.
You see, for eons, I too didn’t know what I was passionate about. My interests were so diverse and could not pinpoint exactly what my passion was. To make matters worse, some of the things I thought I had passion for, were merely ‘passing wind’. I liked farming, do-it-yourself projects, crocheting, knitting, making hair, taking care of children, constructing, you name it. But after one or two attempts at these activities, I realised that I was no longer interested in them. I simply moved on to the next exciting thing.
However, two things stuck through the decades. I loved being online and I loved teaching others about business. I remember when I quit fulltime employment at one of the big four professional services firms; I immediately enrolled for my Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA). During that time, I tried to land a couple of freelance writing jobs but no one was willing to offer one to a newbie. So I started a free blog on Blogger where I posted MBA questions and answers.
After I completed my coursework, I found myself drawn to entrepreneurship. I therefore researched and discovered an amazing not for profit organisation that trains entrepreneurs on business matters. I volunteered as an entrepreneur advisor at that organisation because I had all this business knowledge and I had just discovered the power of social entrepreneurship. I wanted to share my knowledge with the masses and make a lasting difference in their lives.
During that time, I came to learn so much about problems that entrepreneurs face in their businesses. Naturally, I started writing about entrepreneurship. This was still on the Blogger platform and it was completely free. Fast forward to this year, I decided to make it official and host my website on my own domain.
The point of my story is that writing is a passion that stuck over the years. I never gave up even after countless rejections when I wanted to be a freelance writer.
The reason why most people haven’t found their passion is because they really haven’t looked for it. They haven’t explored what makes them come alive. Work doesn’t have to be dull and boring. You don’t have to be stuck in your current situation doing lacklustre work, with un-inspiring individuals. You don’t have to wake up feeling spiritless and only look forward to Friday while dreading Monday.
“Above all, be true to yourself, and if you cannot put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.” ~Hardy D. Jackson
Many people simply work to pay bills yet their passion lies outside of the arena of work. Am here to tell you that you can figure out what lights you up and work on it as you transition from your soul-destroying day job to your could be ‘fulfilling and amazing lifestyle’. To do this, you have to figure out what you are passionate about. Maybe that is why you are reading this post.
“Chase your passion, not your pension.” ~Denis Waitley
So exactly what are these incredible ways, that can help you figure out your passion?
1. Look at those things you have been doing consistently for a long period time
One way to discover your passion is to look at those things you have been doing consistently for a very long time. Those things that you have never given up on through thick and thin. Those things that make you forget the difference between day & night, Monday & Friday, time to eat and time to sleep. Those things that you like doing when you are not at your unexciting job. You have to be conscious of your likes and differentiate between ‘passion’ and ‘passing wind’. Doing business is challenging, but with passion, you will stick through the hard times.
2. Allow yourself to move gradually from your dull and boring work to an exciting, hair-raising lifestyle
This is one of the simplest ways to transition smoothly from your dull daily routine to an exciting and fun lifestyle. On one end, you have a boring job and on the other end, you have this ridiculously fun prospect that you would die to do. In between, there is a huge range of possibilities from doing a boring job, a challenging job, stimulating, exciting and finally a job that makes you light up.
From routinely doing something indifferent, incorporate something you like doing (it could even be a change of departments, or a pursuing a hobby). Then move on to something you love doing and finally something you are a step away from obsession. You will realise at the end of it all, you are doing a job that makes your hair stand out at the thought of it.
If you have spent a long time dreading your work, this will be especially applicable to you. The more accustomed you become at moving to the direction of that which makes you come alive, the better you will be at being focused on your passion.
3. Ask yourself these 4 crucial yet powerful questions
The answers to these questions could lead you to unlock your passion.
i) What is it that you can do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?
ii) What gifts do you have that you can make available to the whole world?
iii) What questions do people consistently ask you and you always have answers for (what is your expertise?).
iv) What is incredibly easy for you to do but not so with other people?
4. Last card: Create it
If all else fails, you could just create your passion. You may realise that you have a passion for doing things that don’t exist. For example Mark Zuckerberg realised that people wanted to connect socially through the internet and so he created Facebook. You need to know what people want and give it to them. Think of a product or service that is currently in demand but under-provided. Businesses that flourish are those that address these neglected opportunities. Indeed prowling after those opportunities is the key to success. If you look for it, you will always find a gap that you could exploit.
Don’t get all twisted about hobbies and your passion. If you can’t be able to monetise what you like doing, then let that just be a hobby. Test your idea before taking the deep plunge.
It’s also very important to look for fulfilment not happiness. Happiness is just temporary enjoyment. For instance when you watch your favourite TV programme, you may feel remarkably happy. But later on, that happiness may turn into gloom when you realise that you have not done your shopping and have no supplies in your house. Fulfilment on the other hand is a permanent feeling. For instance, if you instead take your old clothes and donate them to a Children’s home, you will feel fulfilled even though you may have not been really excited to do it. That’s where true passion comes from. Making a difference to others.
“The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.” ~Terry Orlick