Finding Your Passion (Finding What Sets Your Soul on Fire)
Sutton Full Potential Founder
“Follow your true passion” is perhaps one of the most commonly offered advice in every sphere of life, especially your profession. But what about those who still don’t know what their passion is?
You might be relieved to know that this isn’t only a problem for people who are kick-starting their careers; it could also be a concern among those who are already in jobs which they don’t really enjoy.
Don’t wait to quit, move on fast
The biggest mistake you can make when feeling stuck in a job is to delay quitting. Usually, the primary reason for staying in the job is that the person hasn’t yet identified what exactly they wish to do. Unfortunately, this isn’t the best way to go about things. It will be very difficult for you to discover that ideal job or career if you sit around and wait for a miracle to happen. It’s simple-if your current situation doesn’t work, move quick and look for something else.
When you quit a job without a clue as to what you would do next, then there is an urgency to figure out the next steps. While the urgency may be slightly uncomfortable, it could also be quite powerful since you’re free to invest plenty of time and energy into discovering something new
Ponder over some questions
One of the key aspects of identifying your passion is to answer a few questions:
What subject can you read almost 100 books on and not get bored?
Which activity will keep you happily occupied if you had enough finances to fund anything?
What can you do for 5 years in a row and not bother about getting paid?
Rule out the absolute no-no’s
If finding your passion seems to be a far-fetched goal, start by listing down all the tasks or jobs that you completely despise. It is possible that by eliminating these options, you have greater clarity with regards to your true passion. Experts in the field also recommend making a list that has names of the people you envy. These people might be in jobs that you subconsciously desire too. Look at the work of these professionals and give a shot at some of the things they might be doing. This could perhaps get you closer to discovering your passion.
Work on something absolutely fresh
A big secret to discovering your true passion is creating something new. Researchers in the field of career development suggest that people are immediately enthused about businesses or projects that they begin from scratch. This is because when a person creates anything new, they’re inventing and this automatically instils passion in them. You might be designing customised cushions or penning down Superman stories, it is something that you put your heart and soul into.
Keep financial concerns at bay (at least in the beginning)
If you wish to find your passion and spend your entire life doing it, it is best to keep financial concerns out of the way, at least for a while. By prioritising ‘practicality’ and the ‘amount of money earned’, you will immediately lose out on multiple lucrative options.
Don’t fall into the trap of a redundant routine that makes you feel unsatisfied and bored. Start the journey to find your true passion now!