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Is it better to have a passion or live 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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Is it better to have a passion or live passionately?

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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.

A Learning Machine

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

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.

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.

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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  • 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. 
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It takes more than just passion

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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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