How To Figure Out Your Passion
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Finding your passion is not an easy thing to do, but it is possible. You will find that many people have all sorts of different ideas about what defines your passion. Some say you are passionate when you make a living doing something, while others believe happiness comes from within and then there’s someone who believes no one was ever really paid to enjoy anything except for money.
The truth is, whether we know it or not, everyone has their own version of what they think passions should be. We get these definitions through socialization, media, and experience.
For example, most people learn in kindergarten that babies love to look at toys and take little toy cars out and bounce them around. Most kids grow up thinking this is their passion – being a kid and looking at toys is its own reward!
But what if we were to pay closer attention to how adults interact with children? We would notice that most parents stop teaching their kids such basics as reading, math, and grammar by the age of five because they have a job they need to go to.
Parents instead focus more on helping their child develop his/her self-esteem and confidence so he/she can play sports or go to college later. This way, though, they are passing down a legacy of lacking motivation and desire to pursue education.
Look at your passions and what you enjoy doing
Even if you don’t feel like doing something, do it anyway. If you love soccer then why not give swimming a try!
Whether you are an expert or not, there is always something you can learn. And even if you never become good enough to compete with professional players, you will still be learning as you swim.
You will also find that once you start exploring your passion areas, you will discover more about yourself.
It may be that you realize how much you enjoy cooking and developing recipes, for example. Or maybe you realize how much you enjoy working with your hands and creating new things.
Whatever your passion is, keep exploring it, and stick with it. It could help you achieve your dreams later in life.
Make a list of things you could do
Figuring out your passion is more than just knowing what you like and doing those things, it’s being able to translate that knowledge into other areas.
It's having the ability to take something you already know how to do well and apply that skill set to something new.
For example, if you are good at writing, then why not consider becoming a writer? Or, if you are very artistic, maybe teaching art or designing products is for you.
There are so many ways to figure out your passion.
Connect your passion and your skills
There’s one thing that all passionate people have in common, they're good at something. Whether it's painting, writing, singing or coding, they can describe their favorite style of art, poem, song or movie and know every detail.
They are able to talk about them with precision and accuracy. They understand what makes each piece special and strong, and can articulate why they like certain things more than others.
This is because they've connected their passion to another skill - describing such pieces and explaining why you liked them.
Your passion could be anything, from dancing to reading literary classics. But if you want to make money doing it, you'll need to connect it to something marketable.
What I mean by this is: What are your strengths? What do you enjoy being around or doing? And how much money would you like to earn?
By connecting your passion to these strengths, you create an easy way to identify an area that you could potentially work in. You may not necessarily choose to (no one does), but it's helpful to consider.
Find your passion job
Now that you have determined what career you want to pursue, your next step is to find the perfect job for you. You will know you found your passion job when you wake up every morning and feel excited about going to work.
Your passion job should make you happy, but more than that it should inspire you. You should enjoy working at this position, and you should feel comfortable talking about it outside of the office.
It’s important to remember that no one gets into this business to make a lot of money, which is why there are many successful people in non-money making careers.
These individuals invested in themselves by learning new skills or developing their talent or expertise. They made changes to how they live their lives to be content with what they have, and they enjoyed these things.
Become a teacher
If you can’t do anything else but read, then reading is your passion. People who love reading are known as “reader people.”
If you ever find yourself thinking that there is not much left for you to learn, or that you have learned all of the important things already, then it may be time to consider what career path you should take.
Become a teacher.
Teaching is one of the greatest jobs in the world. You get to share knowledge with others, help them develop their skills, and inspire them to keep learning.
It’s also very lucrative if you choose a profession that allows teachers to earn good livings after school.
But before you decide whether or not teaching is right for you, make sure to figure out what your passions are.
You will know when you find something that makes you happy, so look within and see what comes up.
Join a club
One of the most important things you can do as an adult is figure out what you like to do by joining groups or activities that appeal to you.
As an adolescent, you probably didn’t have many opportunities to explore different areas of interest so it’s great to be able to find this in your twenties, thirties and beyond!
Finding your passion as an older person doesn’t mean chasing after the same thing for the rest of your life – it means exploring and experiencing various types of activity, trying new things and finding something novel you could pursue as part of your career.
If you want to keep learning and growing then investing time in activities that inspire you is essential.
By being aware of what appeals to you now, you are already creating a foundation for future passions. Plus, you will realize that there’s more than one way to spend your time effectively. You will also see how much your personal growth depends on outside input and resources so don’t underestimate the value of other people’s experiences.
It’s totally normal to feel skeptical at first when you hear about someone saying they spent their lives doing nothing but studying or training on how to enjoy themselves more, but giving yourself permission to try new things is key to living a happy, productive life.
Join a team
One of the most important things you can do as an adult is figure out what you love doing. You will spend a lot of your time alone, so it is essential that you find yourself a career or hobby you truly enjoy.
Finding your passion as a kid is easier than as an adult because kids are typically surrounded by lots of materials they like and toys they play with.
As we get older, some people lose motivation to do things they used to enjoy. This is totally normal!
It’s hard being around someone who doesn’t seem to care about anything anymore, but staying motivated and inspired is a key part in sustaining a healthy relationship. Plus, there's a reason everyone else seems to have their own thing — talent they were born with.
If you feel like you're never going to find yours, chances are very good that you won't. The best way to deal with this situation is to recognize and accept this truth: you'll be happy with whatever you choose for at least one full year.
Try new things
Let’s look at another example. Suppose you want to know what your passion is. You could ask yourself, “What am I good at?” or “What makes me happy?” But there's a better way to do it.
The best way to figure out if something is your passion or not is to try it.
You have to give something a real effort before you can tell whether or not you enjoyed it or learned anything from it.
If you never really tried an activity, then chances are that you won’t truly enjoy it and learn anything significant about it. This would be a waste of time unless you happen to like doing things without learning anything – which isn't very fun!
We all have different passions in life, and we're lucky because we get to find them through experiences-inducing activities and opportunities. So why not take advantage of those opportunities and see what sparks your interest?
It's also important to remember that just because one thing didn't make you feel passionate doesn't mean that it is useless or pointless. Sometimes people don't connect with certain things due to personal preferences or differences in how they perceive reality.
Your passion may be completely unrelated to what most other people think is cool.