Well, no. Finding your own passion is an inward journey and it relies on looking at yourself and what you value in life. You need to ask yourself what do you enjoy, what do you like doing, and how can you do more of it!
Is it a job? Your dream career? An amazing city, or your significant other? Lots of literature out there will tie the idea of passion to a physical object or place. Whether that location is your office or a city. Traditional thinking would tell you: passion comes from gaining something or securing something.
Your passion is something that energizes you. If you get energized by doing your tax return (heaven forbid), that’s a passion. Any task, hobby, or activity that makes you excited and want to do more of it, that’s passion.
Your passion can be as simple as cooking a good breakfast on Sunday morning and listening to a podcast (The article author is definitely giving you a look into his life here) if there’s a part of your week or day that you always get really excited about, that is a passion.
We must shake off the perception that passion is a big goal or object. Once you start identifying the everyday passions in your existence you can begin to analyze them and figure out how they can play a bigger role in your life.
Continue reading the article with this new understanding of passion at the forefront of your mind. The tactics we’ve listed below will help you identify, actualize, and in some cases, monetize your passion.
Tactic 1 – Don’t try and find your passion, let it find you
So, instead of focusing on hitting that next ‘life milestone’ look at your day or week schedule and pinpoint what parts in it give you loads of energy. These parts of your day are probably activities you’re passionate about.
Once you’ve identified what parts of your day give you energy you should figure out how to make them a bigger part of your life. In some cases doing more of these activities could lead you to lose your passion for them and that’s fine.
Tactic 2 – Accept Passion is fluid
For some people, the pursuit of a goal is their passion. Once they’ve achieved that objective they have, in effect, lost their passion. That doesn’t mean they’re doomed to live a passionless life, they just need to find another one.
And the really interesting thing about this is: Because passion equals energy, what you’ll find is that it dissipates over time. When you first start making money, it’s f*****g thrilling. But what happens is: once you learn how to do something once, you can do it over, and over.
It starts to become routine, which means it’s no longer energizing. Which is why every entrepreneur out there goes through the mode of chasing the money, and then you hit the money that you need to hit, and then you say, I’m not fulfilled.
It’s normal for people’s priorities and passion to change as they develop as people. For some individuals, their passions will never change, lucky them. But for most of us, as we move through life, what was once important to us can become insignificant.
Tactic 3 – Allow yourself to be Passionate
When this mentality is ingrained into us, you stop seeing the passion right in front of you. The first step to overcoming this mental block is to tell yourself its fine to enjoy the things you enjoy. To find your passion you need to be open to it coming from any source, mindset is key.
If you can only view finding your passion through the lens of a great job or big house, none of your everyday fun activities will feel worth exploring. You might actively look on them with disdain, and that’s a crying shame.
Tactic 4 – Be flexible in how you approach your Passion
Some people really enjoy a stress-free 9-to-5, all they want from their career is a decent salary and flexible hours to make their passion a reality. You might find that some passions can’t be turned into careers; they could just be hobbies and that’s fine too. What’s important is that you’re always doing something that gives you energy.
I also moonlight as a club DJ and I have ambitions to run my own events company. DJ’ing is my passion, I love marketing as it helps me gain business knowledge I can apply to my other career. It’s a win-win for me.
Running events is difficult, you need a lot of capital. The type of capital I don’t have at the moment. I could have found that really disheartening and stressful. If I can’t get the finances together to make my passion a reality what can I do? Should I just give up?
Bonus – 3 questions to ask yourself to help you find your passion.
You can start by asking yourself these 5 questions. They’re designed to get you thinking about what you want from life and what you enjoy. Consider these questions your first steps toward living a passionate life.
Nobody else seems to be interested in what they’re saying but you’re drawn to the way they’re talking. This person has bored everyone else in the room to tears but they haven’t noticed. They keep chatting away because they love what they are talking about.
1. How can you bore people at a party?
You are beside yourself with happiness, so humbled you’re getting recognized for your great achievements. But what achievements are they? What deeds do you want inscribed in granite, for all the world to see? Long after you’re gone?
2. If society was erecting a statue for your achievements, what would they be?
Thinking about the type of impact you want to have on the world is a good way to find your passion. On a very high level it will begin to guide you down a career path or vocation that will help you achieve your goal.
On a more day to day level, thinking about the legacy you want to leave the world helps keep you motivated and driving towards your passion. It can help with decision making as you think “Which path will get me to my goal of X,YZ”.
That’s it. You’ve quit your job, paid off the mortgage, and booked a 6 month holiday. You’ve just won the lottery. Let’s not go into details about how much you’ve won, but put it this way, you’ll never have to work again.
3. What would you do if you won the lottery?
When money isn’t an object you need to think hard about what to do with it. Asking yourself this question is a great way to hone in on what you’re passionate about. What would you spend an endless pile of money on?
This is a great question for finding your passion. Often what we see constraining us from achieving our passion is the financial burden it would place on us. Remove this and you can begin to see what you’d love to do and start making a roadmap of how to realistically get there (Hint, it’s not by winning the lottery).
Get Out Your Metal Detector
Once you’ve decided that your passion is findable, it’s time to look for evidence of what you already love to do. If you scan the landscape of your life, you’ll notice certain experiences peak up. It’s so valuable to delve into these “peak moments” and extract the key ingredients.
Consider yourself a beach-trawler, discerning between the gold and the cheap metal. For example, one of my favorite summer jobs involved teaching English to teenagers. I might assume the key ingredient was the English language, or young people.
But when I paid attention to my metaphorical metal detector, it become clear that the bleep went off when I was being a leader within a community, and teaching that community something of great value to them. That’s exactly what I do now in my work—but without the teenagers, present perfect tense, or vocabulary tests!
Look for the Umbrella
When you look at all the ingredients that matter to you, they might at first seem entirely disconnected. Let’s say you love French, drinking coffee, playing with words, analyzing and categorizing, and being a leader within a community. How could you construct a career from these? It’d be like peering into your cupboard and seeing cocoa powder, tofu, and carrots and wondering: How could I possibly make something delicious that includes all of these?
This is the time to look beyond the ingredients and seek an umbrella; something that all of these ingredients can fit beneath. For example, my colleague Abby—whose diverse passions are described above—helps business owners to find the right words to fit their brand. She analyzes and categorizes copy into what she calls “voice values.” She draws wisdom from previously running a funky French lifestyle boutique, and French words pepper her own copy, giving her brand that special je ne sais quoi.
She’s become known as a leader for those who want to communicate effectively with their potential clients. Oh—and she’s built a recognizable Pinterest profile showcasing her favorite coffee houses. All of these passions fit under the overarching umbrella of her business; they’ve all found a home there, and the variety actually helps her to stand out and attract her perfect clients.