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Eight ways to find the true passion in life that has eluded you

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Eight ways to find the true passion in life that has eluded you
Finding your passion could be easier than you think. By answering these questions honestly, you could work out what to do with the rest of your life. "What subject could I read 500 books about without getting bored?" "What could I do for five years straight without getting paid?"

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Ask yourself
  • "What subject could I read 500 books about without getting bored?"
  •  "What could I do for five years straight without getting paid?"
  •  "What would I spend my time doing if I had the complete financial abundance to do anything?"

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Your passion shouldn't be your job

If you can't imagine not doing something, it's a passion. It doesn't have to be a moneymaker. 

Make your money some way that will give you the time for what you really love to do.

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Work out what you hate doing

List the jobs or tasks that you absolutely loathe. Once you have eliminated these options, your true passion may become more clear.

Ask this question: who do I envy the most due to the work they do? List multiple individuals, then look at the work they do, and try those things. You might find your passion from that list.

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Find the things you are mediocre at

According to Oliver Emberton, if you fuse your mediocre skills together, you'll find your passion.

Emberton argues that the most successful people "are a fusion of skills, often not even exceptional skills, but they’ve made their fusion exceptional."

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Forget the 'Eureka!' moment

Forget the 'Eureka!' moment
  • Your true passion is not found overnight but is realized through a series of discoveries of small interests.
  • Try asking close friends and family what they think you should be doing with your life. 
  • Experiment with new activities, whether it's a new sport, learning a language, or trying a craft, as much as possible.

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Remember what you loved doing as a child

What hobbies did you enjoy doing before life got in the way? Would you enjoy those activities now?

Or take a new perspective: imagine that you are very old. What do you wish you had spent the last 20 to 30 years doing? 

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Create something brand new

When you create something new, you’re inventing something to be passionate about.

However, you must find success to fuel your passion.

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Try visualization

Imagine yourself getting up early, jumping out of bed, excited about going to work. You get dressed quickly, full of enthusiasm about your day. You take those first steps out of your bedroom. 

Now work out where you are going and what kind of job follows on from that feeling of anticipation.

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Don't follow your passion

The main flaw of  “finding your passion” presupposes that interests and passions are fixed, rather than fluid and evolving as we age and gain wisdom and experience. 

The problem with following your passion

  • It ignores the market. Unless you have a trust fund waiting for you, you’ll have to feed yourself and others. 
  • It will turn a passion into a job. 

Learn from Startups

  1. Identify real needs in the market that are currently not being well met. 
  2. Assess your strengths: Whatever is easy for you that most others have a harder time with, that’s a worthy option.
  3. Match up these two in a constantly iterative process: This process takes many years if not decades.

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It takes more than just passion

Make sure that you’re actually good at what you do. 

Ask yourself if you’re willing to put in the hard work and if there is a market for you to tap into. Even if it’s just t...

How can you make something better

Let’s say that your passion is playing the guitar. What void can you fill in that marketplace? For example, if you can repair guitars and realize that there isn’t a repair shop anywhere else around, that could be a business opportunity.

You also need to ask yourself how you can make the industry better.

Ways to monetize each passion

Think of all the various ways that you can actually make money off your passion. This may include:

  • Selling an actual product.
  • Sharing your knowledge about your passion by blogging, writing books or filming videos. 
  • Offering advice as a consultant in anything from accounting to gardening.
  • Becoming an investor in an idea that you’re willing to financially support.
  • Inventing a gadget or software that makes life easier for people. 
  • Building an event around your passion, such as a festival or community organization.

Identify your passion

Everyday leadership begins with a passion and a mission. Ask yourself: “What am I passionate about? How can I turn that passion into a mission?”

Once you identify your pass...

Listen

Try listening more than you speak. Listen to experts and fellow enthusiasts, including those with whom you disagree. Absorb their perspectives, insights, and experiences.

From listening to others, we can gather valuable insights from both their successes and their failings.

You have a voice. Share it

But remember that using your voice as an everyday leader comes with a responsibility.

When sharing your opinion—in-person or via social media—be clear, be concise, and be constructive. That is the best way to be heard.