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Is it better to have a passion or live passionately?

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Is it better to have a passion or live passionately?
If you are asking me, I would say the latter. But before I get into why, I want to talk a bit about the focus of "life coaches", "self-help gurus" and anyone else writing about how what they have to say can help you live a more fulfilled life by finding YOUR PASSION.

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A Life Lived Passionately

A Life Lived Passionately

Stop the conscious searching of your passion and just live passionately.

Trying to find a passion is often a fruitless exercise, though it is heavily advised in many books and articles. A better strategy is to lead a passionate life, which is a more holistic approach too.

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Being in The Now

Living passionately means living in the now, in the present moment. 

It means not being distracted on your phone, but being engaged in what you love doing. It means interacting with others deeply and fully, giving all your attention and focus.

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A Learning Machine

An example of being holistically passionate in your life is the habit of constantly learning, absorbing as much as you can.

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Not Just For The Paycheck

  • If you really love what you do, and it genuinely makes you happy, then it is passionate work, by default.
  • As we work most of the day, if it is a stressful, avoidable experience, then we are not living fully.
  • Working on what we don't want to do all week and then following our passion on weekends isn't a very rewarding experience.

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Time-Suck Activities

Living passionately means valuing time, not getting into 'time-suck' activities that drain your mind. 

Own your time and spend it wisely on things that excite you, or fire you up.

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Do The New

Being open and receptive to new experiences and following new desires, is crucial to living a passionate life.

Do the new and experience life in all its colors.

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Bring your drive to everything you do

Instead of concentrating your energy on one purpose or passion, try to focus your energy on bringing your passion and purpose to everything you do.
Ask yourself:

  • What type of kindness, care, joy, and patience must you use to bring purpose and passion to your relationships?
  • What level of openness and curiosity should you have to bring meaning to tasks?

Learn from every situation

Everyone has had jobs they didn't like on the way to finding the job they do like.

Regardless of the job you do now, remain curious. Continuously try to see what this work experience can teach you.

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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.