It concerns me to think that many individuals could make the same mistake I did. The misconception that making major decisions is necessary to get anything done. The illusion of thinking you must be born with a passion. The idea that you can easily make a living doing what you like is also prevalent.
Not everyone is born with a passion, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find one. Below we share seven steps to get you there:
Collect Initial Interest
Still lacking a burning fervor to propel your actions? It’s not anything you need to stress about. Nobody else I know does either. You’re probably in the vast majority if you’re under 30 years old.
Putting effort into random ideas is the first step. A person’s fleeting moments of curiosity in something about which they don’t know enough to develop a serious interest. In his book, Seeking Randomness, Ben Casnocha describes this phenomenon. Finding my intuition and trusting it to guide my decisions has been a journey of trial and error for me.
To achieve this goal, one must broaden one’s horizons through engaging in new experiences and interacting with new people. Wide-ranging friendships increase the likelihood of finding a lasting passion.
stoke the fires of curiosity.
After being subjected to a great deal of chance, it’s important to nurture the outcomes that prove beneficial. Capitalize on the flutters of curiosity that cross your path. Consider enrolling in a physics course if reading a physics book piques your interest. Do a little bit of programming on a tiny software project if you’re interested.
Remove Potential Distractions
It’s important to set aside some free time each week to indulge your curiosity and discover new interests. I’ve always put a premium on productivity since it allows me to pursue opportunities like this.
It shouldn’t be too challenging to remove the non-essentials if your passions are real and worth studying. Some training is all that’s needed to liberate yourself from distractions like television, excessive internet use, and video games. Reallocating time you don’t feel is yours is the tough part.
Adopt a Sparse Lifestyle
If you are currently employed in a position that you are not enthusiastic about, you should merely put in the minimum amount of effort required to maintain your current standard of living. Passions that have merit can be turned into marketable abilities, but this takes time.
I wouldn’t recommend going into debt supporting your artistic passions while being hungry. However, if you aren’t doing what you love, don’t sacrifice your passion for a larger and larger wage. If not, you risk being trapped in a life that is pleasant but ultimately unfulfilling.
For instance, use ZenHabits’ Leo Babauta as an example. He had six children, did some freelancing and had a second job to help support his family, yet he managed to save money and pursue his true calling. I wouldn’t be shocked if in a few years his website became a reliable source of money for him given how rapidly it gained popularity. Maintain a Spartan lifestyle to escape the trap of a high-maintenance yet ultimately unfulfilling existence.
develop an interest that adds value
Making money isn’t hard in any field, provided you have a talent that adds value to society. Any business owner will tell you that it takes talent to turn a hobby into a profitable business, but that it’s difficult to do so if you don’t first provide something of real value to your customers.
Your emerging interests must become a competence that serves the needs of others. Some loves are simple to express in words. Following a career path in software design requires an interest in computers. There are some that are more challenging. The desire to write poetry may make it harder to fulfill a particular human need.
figure out how to sell it for money
Once you’ve mastered the art of creating social value, you’ll need to figure out how to transform it into a reliable means of making money. A job is one possible manifestation of this. You could get work at Google if you’re a skilled coder. Additionally, you may find yourself inspired to start your own business.
It’s difficult to put a price on value. You’ll need to brush up on your marketing skills, become adept at selling yourself, and become creative in meeting people’s wants. It makes no difference if your ultimate goal is to have a job or run your own company. You’re the CEO of your life, therefore it’s up to you to figure out how to put your interests to work for others.
Restart from the Beginning
It is inaccurate to describe this procedure in stages. It suggests that you will eventually get there. We aren’t going anywhere. Pursuing interests, developing abilities in those areas, and eventually monetizing those efforts is a lifetime journey. Some of my deepest interests lie between the first and second stages. This post represents the sixth stage of this blog. Maybe in another decade I’ll reread them all with a newfound appreciation.
The sixth stage may not be achievable for all of your interests. But the idea that you have to settle on a single life goal is just as tenacious as the idea that you can only have one passion. After years of pursuing my interests, I now find myself overwhelmed with choice. There are just too many avenues open to you that might result in rewarding and pleasurable work experiences to count. Try not to dwell on your one and only failure.
What are your life goals?
There is no required plot structure for your life. Not everything requires a dream, then hard work, then a gorgeous four-bedroom house. It has the ability to twist and move in any direction. You may proceed without knowing all that needs to be known; you simply need to know what to do next.
If you find that the benefits out way the lack of passion you have for your career check out “Finding Happiness and Purpose Within Your Job” for more insight on being happier in your current workplace.