6 Methods For How To Find Your Passion and Follow it in Life
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Let me guess…
You’ve got everything figured out right?
You’re living your best life — got your dream job making a pile of money, you’ve been untouched by any relative economic collapse, and have everything you could ever want.
Sounds like your life, right?
Believe it or not, this is not the case for most people, (And if it is for you, YOU GO. I AM PROUD OF YOU! But…despite all of those things you may still not know your passion!)
It definitely wasn’t the case for me, for a really long time.
More and more these days people are feeling confused. Feeling stuck. Stagnant. Depression is on the rise and life is seeming more and more like it’s following some twisted script (I’m lookin at you, M. Knight).
Now, more than ever in our lives, is the time to focus on how to find your passion.
Easier said than done, right?
Actually…yeah. It is way easier said than done.
Unfortunately, nobody can just give you the answer to what your passion is, and sometimes it can even be difficult to answer the question for yourself.
Luckily you’ve got me to help you sift through the haze and discover the path to finding your own passion.
I know what you’re thinking…“can we get to it already?”
Through an exhaustive look into my own past as well as new research into ways I didn’t think about when I started my own journey, I’ve compiled what I believe to be the 6 most effective ways to find your passion, and I will lay them out for you here.
How To Find Your Passion In Life In 6 Ways
1. What is it that you really love doing?
So the first one is kind of a gimme, right?
What is it that makes you excited to wake up? What is it that ignites the fire in your heart?
People many times confuse this. I’m not saying, what is the thing that you can do to make you the most money, or what is the thing you’re greatest at.
The key to this step is to think of the thing that, say, you do in your free time that makes you happy. The trick is knowing not just how to find what you’re good at, but what makes you feel good while you’re doing it.
This will be the thing that gets you pumped when you talk about it, the thing that people have to tell you to shut up about. THAT is the answer to the question “what is your passion?”
Maybe that thing is finances (it definitely is for me).
Or…maybe that thing is modeling clay or painting. Nobody is saying you have to be Picasso, just loving it is enough.
Gordan Ramsey didn’t become who he was by being the type to prefer to just microwave a dish. He LOVED to cook, and sometimes just loving something is where our greatest passions begin.
2. Think about what you would do if money were no object.
What would you do if you struck gold, hit the lottery, and never had to work again a day in your life?
This little mental task isn’t just to imagine your life of unbelievable luxury. Our lives have a tendency to bog us down at times. It can be difficult to imagine what you’re passionate about when you’re worried about chasing the next dollar.
I know for me, I always thought I would figure out my passion as soon as I made enough money. I allowed the financial stress to keep me from ever doing things I was passionate about.
So after the new yacht and Bugatti are out of the way, what would you do? I don’t mean what would you buy, I mean what would you willingly spend your time on?
Would you spend your time traveling?
Maybe humanitarian work is up your alley.
Perhaps you’ll always find that time of day to play a game of chess.
When you can find that thing that you would do consistently, with no provocation and no necessity, you’re starting to dial in on that passion you’re trying to find.
3. Don’t expect to become a millionaire from your passion overnight.
I might love basketball, but I certainly don’t expect to make it a career. That’s okay.
Scoring a solid bucket against my best friends, winning, even losing to them are all things that drive me to do the dang thing and constantly get better.
Let’s be frank, no matter what it is you’re good at — unless it’s winning the lottery — is going to make you rich overnight, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing.
The truth is, not all passions are even monetizable in the same way. But you can definitely use your passion as leverage in how to find a job you love.
For example, basketball, one of my many passions.
I am about 6 inches too short and have about 1/100th of the handles and skills I need to make it to the NBA and oh, did I mention I am already in my twenties?
So, the NBA probably isn’t going to be in the books for me, but that doesn’t mean if I truly wanted to make basketball a bigger part of my life, I couldn’t become a coach, or go to school to be a trainer, or even develop some freelancing skills to work for an organization in film and photography, social media management, etc.
You may not become a millionaire or follow the typical way of monetizing the passion you have, but you can almost always find a way to incorporate it into your career or daily life.
4. Happiness is it’s own reward.
It may sound cliche but it’s true. Don’t believe me?
Have you ever spent hours playing a game?
It might not bring you any income right now, but pulling off that clutch play or game-winning shot against your best bud is still super satisfying, right?
And that goes for everything.
Maybe you love making YouTube videos, but haven’t managed to break that five subscriber mark.
Don’t worry about that!
Keep doing it because it’s what you love to do.
Honing what it is you are passionate about into a paying job might take time, but if you are creative enough you can monetize just about anything.
Always remember this: If you do anything enough you get better at it.
But as you’re going along your journey, at least you’ll have the happiness that stems from following your own personal passions and purpose.
5. Study your craft
Don’t panic. I’m not asking you to write any essays and there won’t be a test on this.
Something you are truly passionate about will not seem like studying. If you are truly passionate about it, you will be driven to learn more about it.
Figure out the thing that makes you delve into the internet and only resurface when your legs go numb from sitting on the toilet or your computer chair too long (come on now, you know we’ve all been there.)
There are a vast number of ways to find out more about literally everything that could possibly drive you. Books, the internet, other people with similar interests, so on. The thing you are truly passionate about should drive you to always find out the newest, next big thing in the space.
6. Do. Do. Do.
Here’s one that might surprise you. DO THE THING!
What good is a passion that you never exercise?
No matter what your thing is, never let anybody tell you that it’s not worth doing.
Surround yourself with people that love to do the same things that you love to do, and do it with them. Form a group! Get together on Mondays, surround yourself with those that are passionate about the same things as you.
We live in a tough age, no matter what the generation before us might say. Everybody has expectations and opinions, and nobody is afraid to express them. Don’t let other people’s opinions cage your creativity or stop you from doing what you love.
What if J.K. Rowling had quit the first time someone nay-sayed her idea of writing a series of books based around a young wizard orphan that lived under a staircase?
Why hold back from getting together with a group of friends for some D&D? Because someone said that was silly to do?
Why should you base what you love to do, what you are truly passionate about, on what other people think?
Final Thoughts On How To Find Your Passion
So is that it, you may be asking? Is this how to find my passion, is this all it takes?
Absolutely not! There are tons more ways to hone in on your passion, expand it, and use it to enrich your life.
The main thing here is don’t let life get you down, to keep searching for that thing that lights that spark, then to not stop despite what others say!
Now is the time to let our creativity and introspective thought flow rather than being mired by perceived limitations.
So search out your passion! Grab that paintbrush or start that blog or business you have always wanted to start!
(I’d probably steer away from doing anything, say, illegal, but.. then again, I’m not the boss of you!)
I hoped this has helped you and will continue to help you as you search for and find your passion. Hone in on that one thing that makes you truly happy and use that to better your life, and that of those around you!
Noah, out. (mic drop)
Hey! I'm Noah Riggs.
Noah is the founder of Busy Living Better and has built a life he loves, despite growing up poor. He shares exactly how he started his six-figure business, became financially stable, and lives his best life so that he can help you do the same. You can read more about how he did all of this before the age of 23!