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6 Fresh Ways to Find Your Passion at Work

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6 Fresh Ways to Find Your Passion at Work
Feeling stuck in your career? Not sure what you want to do next-besides just walk out of your office and quit. Don't panic, because we've got six fresh ways to find your passion that'll make all the difference in your long-term happiness.

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Start With the Right Perspective

If you’re convinced that finding your passion is hard, or that it’s not going to happen for you, you’ll remain closed to possibilities. 

Choose to adopt the perspective that you can do what you love with your life. One of the best ways to strengthen this point of view is to surround yourself with people who are living examples.

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Get Out Your Metal Detector

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.
Make a list of the ingredients that truly mattered in your peak moments; don’t be distracted by the counterfeits.

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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? 

Seek an umbrella; something that all of these ingredients can fit beneath.

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Hobby vs. Profitable Passion

If you want to contribute your passion to society and make an income from it, you need to get realistic about whether this could actually turn into a career—and what you would need to do to make that happen. 

Be alert to who might need your newly emerging passion, and aim to have conversations with them to get you clearer on how, where, and when you can serve them.

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Expect the Mutiny

When you seek your passion, there’ll be parts of you that go into rebellion. 

Uncover the years of conditioning—from parents, school, partners, and colleagues—and reassure the mutinying parts that your ship is sailing in the right direction.

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Find the Limits of Your Bravery

Discover what risks work for you. The path of passion is where you do things that scare you enough, without leaving you in a constant state of fear. Expand your comfort zone, rather than leaving it.

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Clear out the distractions

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Reflect on how you’re using your time, and whether or not you want to be distracted by these temptations.

Think of a passion as like an internship

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Just like an internship, a passion is something you learn by doing. It takes experience; it takes trial and error.

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  • Intimacy: Emotional closeness, communication, feeling that no one knows you better or has your back more strongly than your mate.
  • Thrill: Excitement, attraction, adventure.
  • Sensuality: The entire spectrum from kissing goodnight to holding hands, from making tender love to raw passion.

    Set daily relationship intentions

    Most mornings, commit to spending five minutes with your partner. Think of a relationship intention, then share it. "Today, I intend to be careful with my tone of voice when I feel impatient."

    Commit spending two minutes at the end of the day reviewing your progress and ways to improve it.

    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.