When you’ are working to your passion work doesn’t feel like work, every day brings new promise and life seems easy. But, if you were anything like me 2 years ago (and according to a recent survey, 75% of you are) it’s often difficult to know what you are passionate about. There are a few lucky people who know it instantly, but for the vast majority of people it’s not so easy to look inside and find the magic button that is going to turn them on. So here are six steps to help you find your passion and give your life, and your business some focus.
Here are my 6 questions that can guide you to finding your ultimate passion:
What puts a smile on your face?
Is there a particular event, a particular topic that makes your whole face just lighten up? Whatever it is that makes you smile, and makes you happy whenever you encounter it, this is a sign of something you are passionate about. I truly believe that happiness and passion walk hand in hand. Both require each other. So following what makes you truly happy is a wonderful way to figuring out what you were put on Earth for. Think about something that you do or that perhaps you used to do that brings total peace to you when you do it. Peace is happiness, and happiness is passion.
What do you find easy?
Usually, what we find easy for us to do, will be related to what we are passionate about. This is a bit of a virtuous circle… when we are good at something it is very easy to be passionate about it, and when we are passionate about something, that passion drives the action so that we learn the skills and we become very good at it! So assess everything that you do, whatever it is that you find really easy and fun, this may very well be your passion. And don’t think that anything is off limits or silly. Some people have taken their passion for cooking, drawing, cycling or collecting to full fledged businesses. Remember this, you can make a business out of anything you are passionate about, because if YOU are passionate about something, odds are other people are too.
What sparks your creativity?
What inspires your creative juices. What makes you come up with lots of different ideas on how you could improve things. Many new businesses come from exactly that, identifying a need that would make your life easier in your favourite activity. For me, my passion is around entrepreneurship as a subject and personal development, I grew up in a household where the bookshelves groaned with the weight of self help books. That has been the basis for many things I have done in my life, including Women Unlimited. Think about something in your life where you seem to always expand its horizon, always coming up with new, fun, and exciting ideas relating to that subject. Whatever makes you creative, is probably something that you are very passionate about.
What would you do for free?
In this society, we are ruled by money. Money makes the world go round. That’s the way the system works, and that’s the game we have to play. The problem is, this leads many people to seek making money first, instead of what makes them happy. I have read countless number of stories about stock brokers and doctors for example, leaving their high paying positions to follow what they really love. There is a reason for that. I truly believe that if you follow what you are passionate about without thinking about if it will make you rich or not, you will end up being successful. Think about something that you would just love to do, even if you were not getting paid. Think about something that you look forward to do, something that you wish you could do all the time. And then think about how you can turn that into a business.
What do you like to talk about?
The topics of conversation we have can definitely tell what we are interested in, and this is a good way to find out what we really enjoy in life. Most of the time, we aren’t totally aware of this. This is why, a very good way to figure this out properly, is to ask your friends. Ask them what they believe you like to talk about the most. Ask them what topic makes your eyes brighten up, and changes your entire behavior. I can guarantee you that some of their answers will be surprising to you. Some of these things weren’t that clear to you, but your friends can see the reaction on your face that you can’t see yourself. Try it out, it’s a very insightful exercise, and one that can direct you closer to figuring out your passion.
What would you regret not having tried?
We all have these dreams, and somehow, life pushes us in another direction, and next thing we know, we are far from those dreams we used to have. If you were at the end of your life, what would you regret not having pursued? What would you have liked to do, that you didn’t get a chance to? Think about what that might be. Whatever it is that you may experience regret now or later on for not having tried, this is a good chance to be your true passion. There is nothing worse than arriving at the end of the journey and having regret. This is why finding your passion, and following it is so important. Live your life so that you do not have regrets.
It’s never too late to change direction as you are in control of your own future and believe me, it is much easier working for your passion than working just for money!