Before we start, let me ask you one thing: What do you wake up for every morning?
Our reasons may vary, but if you are an adult, you may be compelled to get out of bed because of work. As much as it is a necessary part of being an adult, how motivated are you to do so? No, let me rephrase that – how happy are you?
A lot of people simply end up going through the motions, with none of the passion or inspiration. This leads many people to burn out easily, become unsatisfied with their careers – or worse – unhappy with their lives.
Since we only have one life to live, and a finite amount of days to make it count, why not wake up every day and make the most out of it?
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Dear ole’ Confucious was really on to something there. He wants us to live the best lives possible for us by dedicating it to something that we are passionate about. Don’t you want to be doing what you love to do every day and getting paid for it? Even if not for any monetary gain, but wouldn’t you want to cap the night off feeling fulfilled? One survey says that 75% of the population do not know what their true passion is. If you are still in the woods, or maybe you found yourself at a fork in the road, here are 5 questions to ask yourself to help you discover your true passion.
What did you want to be when you were young?
Taking a step back to your childhood can be a good way to start this introspection. According to studies, the things we enjoyed when we are young are often directly linked to what we become passionate about as adults.
Our innocent minds are no stranger to dreams! In fact, our youth is the garden of unbridled dreams and imagination. However, as we get older, we either hear or experience things that become part of our inner voice. It could be a doubtful remark of a parent, a snarky response by a bully, or even a condescending approach by a certain teacher. These questioning voices knock out the young dreamer out of you telling you that you couldn’t do it, or it wasn’t realistic.
If you could go back to that mindset before all those voices got into the background, what do you think you’d hear?
Listen and trust that inner voice.
Searching for your true passion entails you to be comfortable with your authentic self. You need to start with letting go of your fears and doubts and surround yourself with people who will reinforce your strengths instead of those who will bombard you with discouraging remarks. This will put you in an environment that will help you tune into your passion and look at the countless possibilities.
Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.
What would you do for free?
The sad reality is that we are conquered by the dollar, but that’s just how the system works. This forces people to work hard for money because of piling responsibilities that come every month in the form of bills. This is why, people strive to earn money, instead of what makes them happy.
There have been countless stories about lawyers, stock brokers, and doctors who left their jobs, or their high-paying positions, to pursue what they are passionate about. Even without the financial benefits, some people strive for that dream anyway because they find it more fulfilling. Others are fortunate enough to create a successful career out of their passion. One interesting example is the Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten. She was working as a budget analyst in The White House Office of Management and Budget under Presidents Ford and Carter where she was responsible for writing the nuclear energy budget, among other things. But still, Ina found her heart in cooking and there she found her true calling and her path to fame.