“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
There are some of us that still believe you can live a life you’re passionate about.
I mean who wants to go to a job every day they hate? Invest their time and energy into things that suck them dry? Settle for “good enough” when there’s an opportunity to experience greatness?
If you’re on this post, then chances are you’re like me and you want to live a life that lights you up.
But, how do you that? How do you find your passion in life?
Here’s what I’ve discovered so far, and I’m hoping it’ll help you too…
#1 thing you must to do to find your passion in life
Quick story – When I was a senior in college, I got a job offer from Google.
After graduation, I hopped on a plane and moved to Cali for my dream job.
About 2 years in to the job, and I had this gnawing feeling I couldn’t shake. With all the benefits and perks I got working at the Goog, something was still missing.
I had a great job at one of the best companies to work for in the world, and I felt completely unfulfilled and miserable.
That’s when I knew I had to find a career I loved.
I wanted and needed a chance to do impactful work that would inspire me and those around me.
So, I left the Goog and set off on a journey to figure out what the heck that was. Here’s what I learned after years of frustration.
Be open to finding your passion
You have to be open to finding your passion.
Seems obvious, right?
But it can be especially hard to do, especially when you’ve been jaded by your experiences.
After exploring different jobs, and working in roles that I hated, the idea of finding work that I was passionate about felt impossible.
I’d seen other people do it, but still felt like it maybe wasn’t in the cards for me.
Here’s the thing I learned about finding your passion: When you don’t believe you can find it, it’s harder to see it… Even if it’s right in front of you. ?
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Is your passion hiding in plain sight?
I realized that inspiring, motivating, and helping people to be the best version of themselves was my passion.
It’s when I’m feeling most alive.
The problem was that I disregarded that passion because I had no idea that you could make a living doing it. And let’s be clear, being broke and scraping by has never been on my to-do list.
It wasn’t until I became truly open to exploring that interest (that had been staring me in the face the whole time), that I was able to find the possibilities that came with it.
That’s when I discovered people like Tony Robbins, Nicole Crank, and Terri Savelle-Foy. Those folks made wonderful careers out of inspiring and empowering people for life changing transformations.
That being said, once you’ve committed to finding your passion here are some questions you can ask to get the ball rolling.
21 Questions to find your passion in life
Does your passion have to be what you do for work?
Think back through your careers, what parts of your work did you enjoy the most?
Think back through your careers, what parts of your work did you dislike the most?
What subjects did you enjoy and dislike the most in school and why?
If you had to go back to school right now, what would you study?
What’s the most enjoyable part of your daily routine right now?
What’s the least enjoyable part of your daily routine right now?
When do you feel most fulfilled or inspired?
What’s your dream job? (If you don’t know the title, what kinds of things would you want to get paid to do)
Who’s life inspires you (or even makes you a little jealous) and why?
If you could choose only 1 person in the world to swap lives with, who would you choose and why?
Imagine you have to pick up a new hobby today, what would it be and why?
If you could be famous for doing anything, what would you want to be famous for?
Who are the people in your life that you look up to and why? (If you don’t have anyone in your life who you can look up to in some way, or who inspires you, then it’s time to expand your circle.)
What are the things that people compliment you the most on, or appreciate most about you?
What kind of volunteer work do you gravitate towards and why?
If your child asked you to help them figure out what they’re passionate about, what would you do to help?
What are some of the problems in the world you’d want to help solve?
When do you feel most at peace?
Imagine you’re being interviewed on a radio show about your life and you had to describe the kind of legacy you want to leave, how would you describe it?
What are your most favorite things about yourself? What are the areas you wish you were stronger in?
If you’re trying to find your passion in life, embrace the journey and keep moving forward. I believe that finding the things that awake your passions and make you feel alive is one of the greatest discoveries of your life.
- What are some of the things that you’ve discovered about your passions?
- Have you started pursuing them?
Sound off in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.
w/ light and love,
Matthew 5:14 – You are the light of the world. And like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden.