If you were to work a job you hate that pays all your bills, chances are your quality of life won’t be as high as you would like it to be. It doesn’t matter if you feel like that’s how reality is because the truth of the matter is there are people right now who were once in your shoes now doing what they love and making a damn good living out of it. They did so by constantly pursuing a career they enjoyed instead of settling for a job they hated.
What if you don’t have a passion? How can you do what you love when you have no idea what you really love to do?
Sometimes we don’t get to do what we enjoy because survival is our main priority. Today’s common mentality is that a job that is your passion is considered a luxury because not everyone can do what they want in life. The notion is that the “dream” is a highly unlikely goal that probably won’t be accomplished because the “reality” is that you’re not good enough and the people who do work their passions are considered outliers or just plain lucky.
This type of thinking drives me NUTS! Finding a passion and making a living out of it shouldn’t be deemed as a hopeless desire. Human nature has a common tendency to think safe, do minimal, and stay alive. Fear is a great source of survival, but does not necessarily lead to a high quality of living. In order to realize what you truly want to do in life, this self defeating mentality has to go. It is definitely possible and should actually be encouraged through our society now, especially with today’s technology making it easier to share ideas and network with each other.
Here are several strategies that can help you find your passion, whatever it may be.
Give Yourself a Chance.
You have to get over the thinking that “it’ll never happen to me” because that type of mindset prevents you from even having a chance. Everything has to start with a chance and only you can give yourself that first chance in realizing that inner desire.
Take a Second Look At Your Hobbies.
A hobby or generally interest into something is usually what sparks a forest fire of accomplishments. Everyone’s hobbies are different, but the one thing they all have in common is that they have a passionate hobbyist behind them.
If you were to work on something you really like doing, times flies by like nothing! One hour will seem like 15 minutes. Take an activity that is monotonous and uninteresting and 15 minutes will feel like an eternity.
Figure Out Who You Really Are.
In order to truly find what you are passionate about, you have to find out who you are as a person. Forget the status quo or what is traditionally accepted and focus on being you. This may take some time and it’s not going to come easy, but the more you focus on what makes you tick as a person, the easier it will be to find your purpose resulting in your passion.
“. . . there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.”
– Albert Camus