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

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

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

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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?"

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.

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.

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."

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.

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? 

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.

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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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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Discover your passion

In order to be able to be happy, one should do what he or she likes as work. However, not always what we are drawn to can bring us money.

If you are willing to pursue your hobby and make profit out of it, you should first make sure that doing what you like can actually help you live a decent life. Therefore, if you do have a hobby, you might want to consider checking out if there is a real market for it. For almost everything that is well presented there can be a market. So go on and take your chance!

Decide on a field

Once you have committed to turning your passion into something profitable, the next step is to carefully research the options: check if there is a real demand for your offer, have a a look at what competition has to offer, etc.

Furthermore, maybe the most important is to find ways to innovate. This way, you will develop your competitive spirit and gain clients while learning to become better in the chosen field.

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Talk to People

Don't expect anything. You’d be surprised at how much you can learn just from listening to other people talk.

You’ll get insight into people’s motivations, hopes, dreams, and ambitions. ...

Get Started

Do something. Even if it isn’t quite the right thing, it is nevertheless movement that can give you an opportunity to experience.

There are so many things you can do for your career—even if you don’t know what you want to do: start creating a portfolio or learn a new skill.

Gather Inspiration From Others

Walk into a bookshop and go straight to the autobiography section. Buy books from across different industries, societies, and cultures.

So what better way to get started than by learning how others reached their goals? Keep in mind as you’re reading that these people weren’t born knowing what they wanted to do either.

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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?”

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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.

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Turn envy into curiosity

This will help you to take action instead of feeling sorry for yourself. So the next time you see someone do something you want to do, either:

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The labels you put on yourself

They shape your actions. If you think of yourself as lazy or weak, you act in accordance with that label.

Instead of placing labels on yourself, try making statements indicating you’re in the process of improving. Change “I am” to “I’m working on it.”

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Some people tend to see their abilities as fixed, that you either have a talent for something or you don't. Others have a growth mindset where they believe that abilities can change over time.

These mindsets determine how we face challenges: We either give up when we are faced with difficulties or we persevere knowing that we will improve over time.

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Do it free

Before charging money, it is recommended that you give people a taste of your services first if you want to turn your passion into profit.

For instance, if its photography, just offer to take photos for relatives for free. Surely, they would like to save money. This is how you establish yourself and prove your mettle to your potential clients.

Build a combination of skills

You should be able to combine your chief interests with the other skills that you might possess.

If you are let’s say, planning to sell cakes, what is that other thing you are good at along with being a great baker? If you are also good at digital marketing, you can blog about baking practices.

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