Do you ever find yourself wondering “why am I doing this?” or “where is my life going?”. Well, it is a pretty common dilemma amongst us humans, especially young adult humans. Being 17-25yrs old can be so hard at times. Adults think, you are so lucky because you have your whole life ahead of you; and, you think, “yea! I do!” and the pressure to do something with that “whole life” begins to settle in.
Here is some advice from one of those adults in your life: Confucius got it right. If you find your passion in life, find a way to get paid to do just that, your job will never feel like “work”.
So, finding that passion, where to begin, where to begin….
“When I think about it, the happiest and most successful people I know don’t just love what they do, they’re obsessed with solving an important problem, something that matters to them. They remind me of a dog chasing a tennis ball: their eyes go a little crazy, the leash snaps and they go bounding off, plowing through whatever gets in the way”
Drew Houston ’05
The CEO of Dropbox, for MIT’s 147th Commencement held June 7, 2013
Sometimes finding your passion can feel like this.
To Help You Find Your Passion…
- What do I find myself doing? What you spend time doing can also tell you what you should do. Often the things we do without thinking really are things we naturally enjoy or are good at.
- What are your superpowers? Ask yourself, “who have you been, when you’ve been at your best?” The idea behind this question is to unpack the combination of personality traits and aptitudes you bring effortlessly to any situation. The filmmaker Tiffany Shlain of The Moxie Institute also explores strengths and natural “superpowers” in her new web film “The Science of Character,” which suggests that if we can identify our inherent character strengths and build on them, we can lead happier, more successful lives.
- So what did you enjoy doing at age 10? Eric Maisel, a psychotherapist and author, says that the things we loved as a child are probably still the things we love. He suggests drawing up a list of favorite activities and interests from childhood
- What is your sentence? This is a question designed to help you distill purpose and passion to its essence by formulating a single sentence that sums up who you are and what, above all, you aim to achieve. If your sentence is a goal not yet achieved, then you also must ask: How might I begin to live up to my own sentence?
Source: Find Your Passion With These 8 Thought-Provoking Questions.
Having Trouble Listing Your Super Powers and Strengths?
Check out the the FREE Via Character Survey to get you started understanding your personal character strengths.
Learn a little more about finding your passion through these fantastic TEDTalks
Why you will fail to have a great career | Larry Smith | TEDxUW
Throughout his three-decade career here at the University of Waterloo, Larry Smith has inspired legions of students to take up the mantle of economics with his passionate and homespun tales of economic wizardry. A renowned story-teller, teacher and youth leadership champion, Larry has also coached and mentored countless numbers of students on start-up business management and career development strategies.
How to know your life purpose in 5 minutes | Adam Leipzig | TEDxMalibu
Adam Leipzig has overseen more than 25 movies as a producer, executive and distributor. and has produced more than 300 stage plays and live events, and he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Theatre Centre. AdamLeipzig.com
What is your tennis ball?
“We learn who we are in practice, not in theory, by testing reality” Ibarra
Get Out There and Try!
Life becomes so much easier when you have a goal to move towards.
Passion -> Motivation -> Success | Personal Empowerment | Life Satisfaction
Dr. Heather Drummond, C.Psych.
Psychologist * Passionate Advocate for Flourishing * Human Muddling Through
I love this and I love the clip of the dog trying to catch all the tennis balls 🙂 This is exactly how i feel right now x
Thanks so much for your feedback! Yes, I completely relate to the dog too!
Really love your blog, thanks for posting 🙂
Thank you so much for your kind and supportive comments 🙂