Most people will tell you to just ‘follow your dreams,’ or turn your ‘passion into your profession,’ but it’s easier said than done. There are books, movies and endless debates on why one should never give up on their passion in life. That you should do justice to your obsessions by following them through and through, with hard work and dedication.
But what if you don’t even know what your passion might be? What if you are absolutely, hopelessly clueless? I mean, sure, everyone has their preference of interests. However, these interests do not identify as your passions. And you know this. You know that having an interest in various sauces is way different than globetrotting in search of the most exotic spices only to create the perfect recipe for a unique sauce. The Latter is what you call your ‘passion.’
If you are one of those clueless people, who lack this kind of drive towards any particular activity, fear not. This piece is for you. Luckily, there is some hope out there. Here are 7 ways you can find your passion in life:
1. Don’t Look For Answers
Your life isn’t a survey for you to answer each question to get it over with. Most career counseling resources will ask you a list of questions about your preferences and your personality. For instance:
- What can you imagine doing for 10 years straight without getting paid for?
- What can you read at least 20 books about without getting bored?
- Where will you spend your time if, suppose, you were completely financially, secure?
By now, the answers might be exciting you. You’re thinking about all of the possibilities that you didn’t realize you had before you read the above-mentioned questions.
I hate to break it you, but these answers don’t prove anything about your passions. I’m sorry, but in reality, all that they do is elaborate a little bit more on where your interests lie. And as I’ve said before your interests ≠ passions.
2. Take The Practical Approach
Yes, your parents did the right thing by putting you into a bunch of different after-school activities. But you just had to be a spoilt brat and complain about it instead of actually making an effort.
The truth is, you will only ever find your passion after you experiment a little. Try a variety of things and look for what you enjoy the most. Then give it some regular time and practice to see if you feel a drive and Voila! You’ll find what you’re passionate about, in no time. (Or I should say, 3 months’ time, at least.)
3. Ditch The Pessimism
Stop saying no to yourself. If you keep telling your brain that finding your passion is impossible or that you’re just not cut out for it, then your brain won’t have any choice but to believe it. Consequently, every time when an opportunity presents itself, you’re going to be too blind to see it.
Instead, what you really need to is an optimistic approach. Don’t let go of any chance to tell yourself that you can do whatever you wish to do with your life. The best way of doing this is by surrounding yourself with people that have actually made a living off of their passions. Seeing them achieve success in life will give you enough hope about yours.
When you don’t know what you want, then start by finding out what you don’t want. Make a list of those jobs or activities that you absolutely hate. You might even need to try a few new things out before you decide you don’t like them. Once you know that there is no chance you’re going to keep up with a hobby, just strike it off as a possibility.
Every time you realize you don’t want to do a particular activity as a regular thing in life, you’re just one step closer to finding out your passion.
5. Who Do You Envy?
Look at all the people you know in life. These could be people that you are either aware of because of personal/professional relationships, or they could be personalities that you somehow know of. Now think about their work. Does their profession make you jealous? Do you wish you were in their shoes?
Make a list of all of these envious professions and then try them out. You might land your passion at some point.
6. What Are You At least ‘Average’ At?
It isn’t necessary that every classical pianist was born with the talent. Sometimes, the best of the best find their passions at the 50% mark on the spectrum.
What do I mean by this? Well, consider this; you are mediocre at art. For instance, you can’t sketch or paint or build that well. But you do have a relatively good sense of color and patterns. Then look at what else you’re average at. Maybe it’s marketing and branding. Now mesh these two qualities together, and you could do pretty strong as a fashion designer.
7. Reverse Back To Childhood
As a child, what were the things you loved to do? Did you play football and love the feel of scoring a goal? Or were you a reader with their nose in a book 24/7? Try to rewind back to these passions.
The kind of fervor that you had back then, might have gone missing over time, due to all of the pressure and responsibility that came with adulthood. But it’s always better late than never. Maybe those hobbies were in reality, your passion. Revive them back in your life to find out.