How Passion Helps You
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I have mentioned before here, here, and here that passion is one of the most important traits you can develop as a person. It is also a powerful force to have in your life.
We are all given certain things in this world that we were born with, like my hand strength or my ear for music. But aside from those things, I believe there are two other things that anyone should be able to access themselves with, if they really want to.
These two things are love and passion.
You see it in relationships, children, art, sports – anything that gets people excited. They enjoy doing it, so they do it more often than not!
By having these experiences in your life, you will find that they make your own life happier and more fulfilling.
And since passion helps us create happy experiences for ourselves, others around us will notice the changes in you and thus trust you more.
It sounds crazy but true — being passionate about something makes it easier to prove yourself to others. Your colleagues, friends, family, even strangers will feel more confident when you show an interest in their field.
At the very least, they will admire your enthusiasm.
But beyond all of that, deep down inside you will know that you found what you were looking for, just by experiencing this small bit of passion.
Your passion should make you happy
Now, this may sound very simple and straightforward, but it can be tricky to know when your passion is making you truly happy.
It takes more than just having a good time while listening to your favorite music or watching your favorite movie to call it a passion. It requires that you feel an intense feeling of motivation towards something every day.
This intensity is what makes your passion special though- you have to really want this thing to feel like a true passion.
When your passion makes you unhappy or stressed out, then it’s not quite enough. You need to desire this activity or object with all your heart to feel that it brings you joy.
If it ever doesn’t, then you will simply stop doing it and look for another one that does. This would show that you no longer care about this item deeply enough to get a taste of its pleasure now, which is never a great way to feel about anything.
Your passion should make you proud
Even if your career doesn't lead to a big salary, it's still important to like what you do for a living. If you don't, then you'll be wasting your time -- and that is something we can all afford these days.
We spend a lot of our time working-and spending money!- so why would we invest in things that make us feel bad about ourselves? Why would we keep doing things that we know are not good for us long term?
Because we want to enjoy our lives eventually, which comes later. But until then, we need to look forward to how much energy we have left. And investing in yourself now will give you some extra oomph when you're older.
Passion is always looking forward. It looks at the future with desire because you get motivated by what you hope to gain from it.
So whether your job makes you happy or sad, it's definitely worth having a look at the reasons behind that. Is there anything you'd like to change? Or maybe someone you'd like to help you move up the ladder.
If you can't find any of those things, perhaps it's time to consider changing jobs or departments. No matter what you choose to do, just make sure you're not leaving out anyone else while you're focused on your goal.
That won't set very well with people around you.
Your passion should set you on a path of success
We are all different people with different life goals and dreams, but one thing we can always trust is that you will know when it’s time to stop struggling and invest in the things that matter to you.
This may sound very cliché, but it's true – if you're not feeling passionate about something, then change what you're doing to make your passion come alive.
It could be changing jobs or industries, investing in a new skill or taking up an activity or sports team that you've been wanting to do for years.
Whatever it is, let passion help you find the right way to channel your energy into achieving your goal.
Your passion should inspire others
What makes you passionate is what gets you up every morning and keeps you motivated throughout the day. If your passion goes beyond inspiring other people, then it’s probably something you can make a career out of.
Passion is also one of the most important qualities in life. Because we spend so much time working, talking about work, and living our lives focused on success and money, we forget that this thing called “life” is more than that.
We lose sight of how to feel good and be happy for no reason at all.
A few years ago, I read an article about the top 10 things that inspire people. Number three was passion. The author mentioned how she feels when her kids come home from school excited to tell her everything they learned.
That kind of inspiration gives you hope for the future and a sense of security. It reminds you that even though life will not always go as planned, there are still ways to enjoy yourself and learn new things.
If you want to live a long healthy life, you have to feel some sort of passion for health. Why? Because if you don’t, then you will put off doing those activities that you know need your attention.
Healthy habits will slowly disappear because you won’t want to invest energy in them. And while may not seem like a lot, little changes add up over time.
Your passion should be shared
Even if you’re not sure what your dream career is, there are always ways to pursue it! If you feel passionate about painting, go into art school or learn how to paint professionally. Or if you love to make crafts, take some classes at a community center or local college.
Whatever your passion is, invest in education related to it and keep seeking out opportunities to practice it. And don’t forget to follow your dreams – they’re a worthy investment!
Making a living as an artist is very hard. It takes a lot of effort and energy to do it well, which can sometimes get discouraging. But that sense of motivation comes from being passionate about creating beautiful things and sharing them with others.
If you want to stay motivated, find something you enjoy doing and work towards making it your profession. By investing in yourself, you’ll see better results and have more fun along the way.
You should do what you love
It is very important to know what makes you truly passionate. What does matter most is not how much money you make from doing something, but instead if you enjoy it then that’s all that really matters.
If you don’t feel passion for your work, then look into whether or not this thing you are trying to push through has sparked any kind of emotion in you. If nothing seems to be working, try looking at it from another angle.
Maybe you can find more inspiration by studying what others have done rather than just going after what feels easiest.
Follow your passion
Following your passion is more than just saying you’re going to do something, you are actually going to make it happen. It's staying focused on doing things that matter to you, and investing time in activities that fuel your passions.
There was a story about an entrepreneur who spent years developing his business idea before finally launching it. He stayed up late hours for months putting together the pieces, his business plan was all ready, he had done market research and determined it was needed, and then one day he simply went out and launched it!
It may sound crazy but I've seen this work many times. People who have followed their dreams don't wait for permission to spend time on them, they're invested too much in them to start working on them when there aren't sparks of excitement yet.
But if you want to see real success, you need to take chances and invest energy in things that you love to achieve your goals.
Switch your passion on and off
It is very important to recognize that while passionate work can lead to great success, it does not last.
We all have things we are passionate about- something that makes us happy and gets us excited. These passions come in various forms; they can be hobbies, sports teams, or even people.
But here’s the thing about passion– you need to switch it on and off.
I will always remember my father telling me this story about how his brother never made any money investing. He would spend hours looking through financial statements and numbers, but he was just too emotional about investments.
He loved investment banking so much that when he couldn’t do that anymore, he got another job that paid less than half of what he was making before.
As a result, he didn’t invest for years because he wasn’t motivated by money.
That’s why he died broke.
If you are more like his brother than him then don’t get emotionally attached to your career. Investing is an extremely hard field to succeed in unless you are really good at it, and I wouldn’t expect anyone who isn’t to make a lot of money doing it.
So if you want to keep yourself as financially stable as possible, look into other careers that aren’t necessarily focused on paying well, but that you truly enjoy.