Discover Your Passion in Less than 3 Minutes By Reading This Blog

I’m going out on the ledge here. I may get pushed off but I like a little risk so I’m about to open the window and step out. I’m going to say something outrageous.

“You already know what your passion is.”

There. I said it. It’s out of my mouth.

You already know what your passion is.

Oops, there I go again.

You don’t need a workbook, an e-guide, a course, a holy man or a shrink to tell you. And that is going to really upset a lot of people but I believe it to be wholeheartedly true.

You already know what your passion is.

Ask yourself the same questions I’ve asked myself:

1. It’s Monday morning. You have the entire next month to do what you want, money and time no object. What will you do?

2. What did you always gravitate to as a kid?

3. What is it that gives you so much joy that when you do it you don’t care what time it is, what else is going on in the world or how long you’ve spent doing it, you simply want to do it more?

4. What do you think about and want to talk about more than any other thing?

5. What excites you?

Right there lies your passion or passions. No one says you have to only have one. It’s really that simple. If you can’t come up with it, maybe you are trying too hard. Or perhaps you are not passionate about anything at this point in your life. But I bet you are.

So here’s mine.

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If there is one thing above all else I love it’s to be underwater. It’s what I think about and talk about the most, what I do as much as I can. It’s where I gravitated as a kid and I can, and have, spent months diving and couldn’t have cared less if the world disappeared around me. I don’t have to narrow it down to scuba diving in Indonesia or studying fish behavior or shooting underwater video.

It can be a broad or narrow topic. It’s your passion, choose whatever you want.

So try it. Ask yourself those five questions.

Do you have an answer? If you really have to think hard on this you probably are not passionate about your answer. If it’s your passion, that which you live for, shouldn’t the answer roll off your tongue?

By the way, I’m still out here on the ledge. Are you ready to push me off or join me? It’s risky but I’m feeling alive. How does this make you feel? Relieved? Stressed? Hopeful? Despondent?

And here’s the point. I think the difficulty lies not in finding what we are passionate about but what to do with the information once we allow ourselves to embrace it. And that is why so many people can’t seem to “locate” their passion.

Let’s take my example again. Scuba diving is my passion. Now that I know, my brain goes into overdrive. Oh GOD, now what???? Now that I’ve given wings to my passion, do I have to quit my job and just go diving? If I’m not diving will people think I’m not passionate about it? If it’s my passion do I have to make it my career? Will people think my passion is stupid? HOW IN THE WORLD AM I EVER GOING TO DO THIS?

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And with all the talk about “living your passion” these days, it’s become hugely stressful. Here’s the answer to what you have to do with your passion.

Whatever you want.

And aren’t those three incredibly freeing words? So completely unshackling that I’m going to say it again.

Whatever you want.

So now you know what your passion is and are liberated by the knowledge that you can do whatever you want with it. But what about those questions rattling around in your brain. Here are some simple answers.

Do you want to live more passionately every day? Then DO your passion(s) everyday. Sounds simple right? It is.

Should you make your passion your career? I don’t have your answer to that question but I do know mine. A 40 hours pers week, 40 year career sucks up 80,000 hours of your life. Me? I’m going scuba diving.

Many people think they can’t make a living with their passion. I bet you can. You may have to get creative but if it’s what you were “born to do” you will find a way. Find the convergence of what you love with what will help other people so much that they will pay for it. There you go.

“Either I will find a way, or I will make one.”

   ~Hannibal

What if you have to take less money to make your passion your career? If that is a major concern then perhaps your real passion is money. And that’s okay. Just come to terms with what you really want. Or maybe you want both. There’s a way.

“Hell, there are no rules here- we’re trying to accomplish something.”

   ~Thomas Edison

Will people think I’m crazy if I follow my passion? Some will, some won’t, so what? It’s your life, you have one shot. Live it for yourself, not anybody else. Make it count.

So now I’m so far out on this ledge there’s practically no going back. But you know what? It feels right. I came out here to take a chance. Join me. Let’s take this ride together.

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”

  ~Jim Rohn

Take a chance on your passion. Take a chance on life.

Scared? Me too.

One Response to Discover Your Passion in Less than 3 Minutes By Reading This Blog

  1. Chuck Rylant August 16, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Excellent post.

    If those 5 questions don’t give you the answer, questions 6, 7 and 8 will for sure. They may make you sad at first, but that only means you’re not living your passion.

    If you knew you were going to die in 5 days, 5 months, or 5 years, what would you do with your time.

    That changes everything.

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