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5 steps to help you figure out your passion

Passion

Passion is not something you discover. 

Passions tend to be developed. It’s not just about being intense about what you’re doing but waking up week after week, month after month, year after year, wanting to think about the same thing.

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5 steps to help you figure out your passion

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Passion

Passion is not something you discover. 

Passions tend to be developed. It’s not just about being intense about what you’re doing but waking up week after week, month after month, year after year, wanting to think about the same thing.

Clear out the distractions

One reason you may not know your passion: you haven’t given yourself the time and space to pursue it. 

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

Most internships serve as a trial run for a job — while you’re acquiring skills and knowledge, you’re also trying to see if you want to commit. 

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

Be patient

During the learning period, you’ll need to tap into the other aspect of grit: persistence. 

Make sure you give yourself a real chance before you move on to another activity. 

Remember the bigger picture

Every passion has its share of less exciting moments. For playing the viola, it may be practicing scales for the umpteenth time. For baking, it could be washing up.

The secret to not letting them derail you is to see how every way you engage with your passion — no matter how small or dull — is a step toward something bigger.

Avoid burnout

It is possible to go overboard while pursuing a passion. Ask yourself if you’re really burning out on your passion or if you just need more sleep.

When you’re exhausted, you should use your energy to help another person. It can boost your confidence and give you the sense that progress is possible.

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Mental toughness needs to be worked to grow and develop. If you haven’t pushed yourself in thousands of small ways, you’ll wilt when things get difficult.

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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. 
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  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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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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We never arrive. We work hard to succeed, and then we have to work twice as hard to maintain that success.

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Don’t rely on your talent

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Never just rely on your gift or talent alone. Work on your craft. Investigate your weaknesses and make an effort to minimize them.

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With a clear, distraction-free mind, you can work on your passion for 30 to 60 minutes in the morning, maybe just one step of work, providing you with a great start of the day.

Time Allotment Myth

While we normally would allot a day or a weekend for our passion project, we end up not moving forward in spite of the time set aside.

If we can spare a few minutes to work on our passion project, in increments, we start to build something, with consistency.

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The people at the top

The gains disproportionately accrue to people at the topStephen King probably sells more books than the rest of his category combined.

Being good at many things probably means that you are at 80% of your potential in all of them. It is not enough to stand out. 

Pick a very few things to tackle through the 10,000-hour rule and try and reach 99% of your potential in them.

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Write a vision

Write down exactly what you want your life to look like. Put it where you can see it every day. However, it is not set in stone. You can change it along the way.

Examine your current life

See how much of your life already matches your vision.  

You want to keep those things and remember that part of your vision is already happening.

Define your core values

Every decision you make about your life should reflect those values.

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