You should spend your life doing something you're passionate about, right? Everyone agrees with this, but tons of people have trouble figuring out exactly what their passion is. It seems like the kind of thing that should be glaringly obvious, but for some reason it just isn't.
I think a big part of the problem is that we're looking in the wrong places.
Passions are very rarely big nouns like, cars, computers, or dogs. They're usually verbs, and they're usually specific.
Here's an example. One of my friends, Steve, is the owner of a very successful internet company. His company, and I'll admit I don't know all of the intracacies of it, is basically a middleman for internet advertising.
His passion isn't internet ads, though. No one's is, probably. Anyone who knows Steve would tell you that his passion is incremental improvement based on rigorous testing and measurement.
He loves it. He takes great pleasure in tweaking one variable at a time in any part of the business, measuring the results, and starting another test.
His internet advertising business is just a manifestation of that. It's an outlet for him to practice his passion.
Tonight at dinner my friend Vince asked what my passion was. I thought about it and told him that it was living as extraordinary a life as possible and helping other people do the same.
I love it.
And when you look at the things I've been really invested in, you'll see that element in all of them.
Is pickup extraordinary? Yep. Was I helping others do it? Yep, and I still do through my book. I think anyone who has read my book would agree that this enthusiasm is applied to it.
How about my blog? Of course. Half of it is my stories about unusual and worthwhile things I've done, and the other half is trying to convince you to try some of them.
Life Nomadic is an obvious incarnation.
Even gambling fits. It's certainly extraordinary, and when I first started I spent hours trying to convince my friends to get into it too. That's a bit of a stretch, but passions start as interests and get built up. Gambling was one of my first ventures.
The best way I can suggest to find a passion that you've built is to think about what really excites you. Forget about business, just think about what in life makes you live in the moment and ignore everything else. For me it's evangelizing living an awesome life.
I love telling people my stories and showing them how they too can live their lives as they want. I love going out and living my life with total disregard for convention.
It's critical to be doing something you're passionate about. I don't believe anyone will have runaway success without this. To be massively successful you need to put 110% into it, and few people can do that without passion. I know I can't.
Don't look for a business that you're passionate about. Find one of the thousands of businesses that you can apply your passion to, and develop it. Focus on it exclusively and push through the dip.
I want to know what I'm truely passionate about. I have been searching for a while... but can't find it. It sucks.
My passion is improv and making connections to people, places, and things. If I can figure out a way to combine everything that would be the perfect business for me. Cheers, Bill
I came up with a series of questions designed to help with finding your passion.
Your answers to the following questions will provide hints & indicators with where to start. Careful consideration, inner-reflection, group discussion, and coming up with your own questions is highly encouraged.
What would you do all day, every day if you had all of the time, freedom, love, sex, money, power, and confidence in the world?
What did your parents make you quit to focus on school?
What did your parents make you give up because "there is no money to be made or future to be had with that"?
What did your parents make you quit or give up because "that is too risky"?
What have your friends suggested you do/attempt, but you made excuses not to?What is something you've reacted with, "I could never do that" but have yet to actually attempt?
What did you dream about doing or becoming as a kid?What did you enjoy during childhood?
What did you enjoy about your favorite classes?
What have people complimented you on or thanked you for doing?
What are your weaknesses?
What are your strengths?
What is a medium you use to creatively express yourself?
What have you always wanted to do or experience?
What topics do you spend hours reading websites, books, or blogs on?
What activities cause you to get lost in the moment and lose track of time?
What do you enjoy doing when you are in solitude?
What do you currently wish of doing or becoming?
What is on your "bucket list"?
What do you tell people you'll do "one day"?
What do you judge people for doing?
What actions do people do that make you jealous?
What do you enjoy doing with friends?
What activities do you enjoy spectating?
What do you want to talk about or share with others (but might not have anyone to talk to or share with)?
What activities are your friends doing on Facebook that spark your interest?
What do you find yourself frequently posting on Facebook to share with others?
When you feel bored, what would you rather be doing (other than Facebooking)?
What activities put you in a child-like state of mind?
What do you enjoy doing as a form of self-therapy?
What activities cause you to experience much joy and peace?
What gives you a confidence/ego boost when you perform well at something?
What gives you feelings of inspiration?
For the entire set of questions (and more "Passion" content which is too long to fill here), check out: http://www.kevinvelasco.com/finding-your-passion-with-passion-probing/
I have a question for you Tynan and I would love it if you can answer it honestly. Here it is:
You say your passion is " living as extraordinary a life as possible and helping other people do the same."
Now, do you REALLY want others to live extraordinary lives? That would mean that you would no longer be living an extraordinary life [since there wouldn't be people living an ordinary life] and hence fail in fulfilling your passion to live an extraordinary life.
I had an AP art teacher flip out on my class a few years ago when most people didn't do their work. She told us, "If you don't draw or paint in a day and you don't feel like something is, 'wrong', don't get into this field, you have to need to do this. Do yourself a favor, leave now, you will get laughed at in art, school, pay a lot of money and feel terrible." Whenever I talk about passion with people, I explain that this has been my greatest barometer.
I used to be able to edit photos and get lost for hours at a time, then I lost the spark. That was one of the most difficult things for me to experience, how the heck do you lose a passion? I wound up getting into film, but I wasn't sure.
Nowadays, I want to help people communicate. After being a crisis counselor and a youth worker for a few years, I've realized people have a hard time listening. I don't really know if this is a passion, but I feel its a service that needs to take place, that it will benefit people long after they see me.
Either that or becoming an ESL teacher.
My passion is my creativity I felt it when I was in the womb thanks to gods plan for my life. If you find spirits in life no human on earth can stop you. The key to success is the ability of not being able to stop.................learning how not to stop...........will stop others from stoping you................think deep.
Hi I'm a 17 year old boy living in NZ, I want to be a game designer but apparently you need physics and maths for it. I love maths and ICT but I found so physics boring, so boring I have the urge to fell asleep for every physics class I have. Is there anyway to help motivate me?
Stumbled upon this article. It put a smile on my face. My passions range from crunching leaves and smelling wet oil paint to finding out what makes each person tick.
I had never gambled before and knew nothing about it, but I'd gotten too many e-mails like it. I was at my parents house for winter break during my first year at UT, and I was bored.
"Free $50 just for downloading our casino!"
Hmm. That doesn't seem very risky. I might as well download to see what it's all about.
Actually, they don't.
But there is a point to this I promise. Every now and then I come into these times of my life where I "take the limits off" and dream the impossible - or just the really difficult.
As a type A, INTJ personality I can't say that this time is always enjoyable. I question everything that I am a part of, pick up and drop a hobby or two, and re-plan my whole near future. Often times when I am like this I think of myself as a bit erratic and foolish. I like to have things planned out. I like to know where I am going. I like to know how I am going to cover rent, where I am moving post school, and what kind of work I am going to do. And when I dream...It all gets messed up.
But I have learned to embrace this time of life - at least this time around. I am in the baby stages of some new dreams but have uncovered a passion for programing work and front end development. In a little over two months I will be graduating from school with a music degree and for the first time in years, I feel like I am falling in love with it. I still love the french language and want to use that professionally some day and am still passionate about voice health/therapy and speech pathology. I am overwhelmed by my own passions and dreams sometimes....
And I love it. I love that I can't see the end of any of these things nor how they are going to pan out. For now, I'll keep dreaming - then planning - then dreaming - then planning.