OK, now that I have made you angry to click the link, let me clear the air. Well, I did not mean YOU per se, but most people in general. And it is probable that you may still be searching for or given up on finding your passion.
First thing first. Lets me define my version of Passion first. Otherwise, we will not move forward.
What is Passion? Passion is that activity which you really love to do, that which you have come really good at, that which makes a big enough difference to others to earn your living and more.
Passion is that activity which you really love to do, that which you have become really good at, & that which enables you to earn your living and more.
For most of us, we tend to get attracted by many things, akin to a kid in front of a candy shop, but none strong enough to commit our time consistently on that. So the confusion caused by this pull & push from different directions make us take no action. The only option we would be left with is for a divine intervention to guide us in identifying what that passion is for us, once, with total clarity. But, after waiting for nearly two decades, I know for sure that is not going to happen. I guess, God has too many important work on her plate to be spending time helping us find our passions.
This had got me thinking and years of analysis has made two things clear. One, the number one reason why we fail to find our passion is because we don’t try the thing we like the most soon enough, for long enough period, for the quality of your work to be good enough to produce value to get paid for it.
The No#1 reason why we fail to find our passion is because we don’t try the thing we like the most soon enough, for long enough period, for the quality of your work to be good enough to produce value to get paid for it.
Second, may be, there is a easy way to find our passion – to create one. How? Well, the simplest way to create our passion is to pick one of the things that we like to do (need not be the one we love) and make a focused, consistent effort for long enough period for us to be able to add value to others. This is exactly the reason why we get good grades or we perform better at our work even when we hate the subject or work. Consistency and focus is all that is needed. If Andy Dufresne can dig a tunnel from the prison with this approach, I am sure we can find our passions too.
But, the longer we take to make a choice and try something out, much longer & harder it would take to get the results out. If you wait, as you have done thus far, there are others to fill your spot, husstle, contribute and get the limelight they deserve. If you jump in, you may get your share in future. So, there is no point brooding over what you did or did not do in the past. What matters is what will you do, today?
So, pick one thing you like to do today and run with it with total focus and consistency even if you are spending 30 minutes a a day. I have done this and I can assure you that something magical will happen. Don’t trust me? Try it for yourself & come back next year around this time and tell me how did it go? You may or may not be able quit your day job by then, but you would certainly be a place to be proud of yourself.