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 absolute, 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.