Over the past few posts, I’ve made my point about this whole passion talk.
I think it is overrated.
I still think asking a career professional to “find and follow your passion” is terrible advice but I also believe we should all take a good aim at how to fin your passion.
Truly when you find something you are passionate about, you are more likely to succeed at it if you add grit and courage.
The problem many face is how to find that passion.
I will solve that problem for you once and for all today.
However, there is another problem, a bigger problem, the real problem.
Your quest to find your passion isn’t just about ‘discovery’ because if you finally discover that you are passionate about throwing stones, of what good is that to you?
We all court the idea of having fun while earning a lot of money. Getting paid for something we would have happily done for free. Enjoying life and playing our way to the bank.
So our quest to find our passion isn’t just about discovery, it is also about something else.
Before I tell you what that ‘something else’ is, first, let me show you the 5 steps to finding your passion (borrowing a few steps from billionaire Mark Cuban)
5 Proven Steps to Finding Your Passion
- Make a commitment to work hard and put in the hours in ANYTHING you choose – Whether you enjoy it or not, whatever you find to do, put in the effort required to be good at it i.e. do it well. Effort comes before passion. If you don’t put in the effort, you won’t find your passion anyway (Tweet This). Everything you do well now started by you learning and working hard at it. (even the job you say you hate). Of course it will be better if you find some form of enjoyment in what you are doing.
- When you work hard at something, you become good at it. Malcom Gladwell in his book Outliers says it takes about 10,000 hours of dedicated and correct practice to become an expert in any field. Note: if after putting in the time and effort required and you are still not good at it, then by all means move on and try something else.
- When you become good at something and people start recognising you for it, you will enjoy it more. We all love to be praised and recognised for our work. For example, I am passionate about talking. Imagine this, after declaring that I am very tired to everyone who cares to listen when I get home from work. I’ll go into my room, get changed and come out talking for the next 4 hours (straight). I get tired, but not of talking. And here’s a fine twist. At the time, I couldn’t do the amount of talking, motivating and training I would have loved to, so I started sending emails. After some time, many people showed interest and absolutely love my emails, they send me encouraging responses, such that now I enjoy it almost as much as talking… I just cultivated a new passion.
- When you spend more time and actually enjoy it (because you are good, others commend you and you are getting successful results) you are likely to become passionate or more passionate about it. Rarely will you find someone passionate about something they ‘suck’ at. I am not just more passionate about sending emails; I have grown to become your best email friend. I didn’t ‘find this passion’; it was cultivated following the steps above.
- When you combine hard work, good results, your new found enjoyment and increased passion, amazing things can happen. With a little help, you can finally turn your passion to something else. You are not just passionate about it by ‘mouth’ alone, following the steps above also makes you an expert or at least better than other people.
Turning Your Passion into Profit
Point #5 is where finding your passion becomes more meaningful because you won’t be ‘slaving’ away at a job, if you can make money doing what you love.