How Do You Find Your Passion In Life?
America’s most famous literary icon Mark Twain once said, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” But finding your passion – and sometimes, the right career for you – doesn’t usually involve a “Eureka!” moment. It could take years of trial and error before you finally find your life calling, but the destination makes the journey worth it. Here are some salient tips on how to find your passion in life:
- Don’t make money your primary motivation
Having a job that pays handsomely has its benefits but if it’s not a role you’re passionate about, work can quickly become a chore and the stress that comes with the territory may prove overwhelming and lead to depression. Conversely, if you take the time to find yourself and what makes you tick, and pursue those passions, you would naturally pour your heart and soul into the work you do and eventually find yourself in a position to earn the kind of money that will fast-track your journey to financial freedom. Financial security is definitely an important aspect of life but if you must chase the money, do set aside time to find your passion and start working towards making it your vocation.
- Determine your interests
A good starting point would be to ask yourself these questions: What are you good at? What do you love to talk about? What do you find interesting and would like to learn more about? Look at your belongings, sift through your reading material and speak to your family and closest friends. Is there a recurrent theme when it comes to your interests? It could be anything from fashion and music to molecular science and physics – the possibilities are endless! Once you determine your interests, hone your skills and knowledge in that area and see how you can offer your expertise. The market is big enough to accommodate new talents and the products or services they have to offer. Likewise, there will always be a company looking for someone with your unique set of gifts. You just need to find your passion and define your niche market.
- Find the things at which you are mediocre
Don’t fret if you don’t possess exceptional skills at any one thing – it’s also important to look at those you’re “okay” at. The most successful people are often those who are passionate about their work, but they are almost never defined by a single skill. Steve Jobs may not have been the world’s greatest engineer, salesperson, designer or businessman, but he was “good enough” at these roles. So collectively, he employed whatever skills he had to create a world-class brand. Fortunately for you and everyone else, fusing your mediocre skills together just might allow you to find your passion!
- Take action now
Time and tide wait for no man is a saying that stands true even until today. When it comes to discovering your passion, there is no better time to start than now. The process of finding your passion may be long and arduous – or possibly short and sweet – but considering the unpredictability of life, the best thing to do would be to start your journey of discovery early. True passion is not found overnight but realised through a series of discoveries of small interests. Research the topics that pique your curiosity, register for classes pertaining to your interests to broaden your skill set, meet people who share the same interests and take on projects on the side to build your professional portfolio. Through this process, you will soon be able to find your passion.