Everyone tells you ways to find your passion. From bloggers who want you to buy his book (or ebook) on working on your passion to TV commercials who want you to buy his toothpaste. But why would you want to find your passion?
When you are working in your passion, there is something different from normal work. You give up all second thoughts of checking your Facebook account, go for a coffee break or leaving early, and you just go with the flow of work and probably keep working until it is lunch time.
Also, working in your passion will help you feel better. You will end what may seem like a 14 hour stressing workday with a smile and asking for tomorrow to come to keep on working. You will enjoy your work, and you will enjoy your life as a result.
If you start working in your passion right now, you will have solved a big problem for the rest of your life: you will stop thinking about what if's. No more what if I had started blogging? or what if I had kept playing the piano? Of course, you will keep your previous baggage of what if's, but working in your passion will lessen your burden.
Now, we know why we would like to find our passion. And to every why comes a how. And this would not be a complete post without this how. Thus keep on reading to learn how to hunt your passion. This how-to has two parts. The first is placing the bait, the second hunting your passion.
The first step is a realisation. You may not have a passion yet. Well, maybe this is not the way I wanted to write it. Everyone has a passion, or more than one. But living off your passion is like getting to the summit of a 8Km mountain. A mountain has several faces, and some are easier to climb than others. Playing soccer may be your passion, but making money off soccer playing is close to impossible. But maybe you still don't know you also like soccer coaching, which also leads to your passion of living off soccer, but with easier returns.
The second step is a task that may take years, but you will probably enjoy. You have to keep trying different things. The more, the better. Start playing the guitar. Pick a martial art. Begin writing a book, or enrol in a writers club. Every new task you pick should be practised thoroughly, at least for 30 days to see how it fits you. After this period, assess if you liked it... If you didn't, forget it. If you did, keep it. You can do this in several batches, as your schedule allows you. But always focus in the task at hand! Have you found your passion in these 30 days?
The bait is placed. You have done everything to make your passion show. And now, how do you know if it appeared? The answer is in the title of this post: your passion is sticky.
Do you know a game named Katamari Damacy (Wikipedia link)? Probably you do, it was a big hit. In it, the player rolled a sticky ball all over the world collecting items in it, making it larger until the goal was met. Your passion is like the ball in Katamary Damacy.
Once you find your passion, it will try to suck you in until it fills up your free schedule. And it will try to suck everyone you know, too. You will be mono-thematic for long stretches, talking about the same things over and over again.
This stickiness is your passion's sign. When you feel the glue sticking in you can just pick it up: you have found your passion. And now what?
At first, you will be probably making your living from a real life job or working from home. Anyway, it is very easy for your passion to sneak in your job and keep you from fulfilling your duties. And it is far easier to do that if you work from home. How can you keep this from happening? You can use the limiting factors strategy I suggest in another post. In short, you allocate a multiplicative factor to every pair of tasks, for example work-passion and a factor of 0.5 i.e. for every hour you work (with full concentration), you can give your passion half an hour. And it also works in reverse, just in case you start with your passion when you wake up (if you wake up to work 2 hours in your passion, you should work for 4 hours).
You will need to keep in this for a while. Why? Because living off your passion may be impossible. Do the maths, do some tests in your free time and play it safe at first. And start preparing your F*ck You Fund: save money for when you are jobless and can't make much from your passion. For more information about this, here you can download for free Take This Job and Shove It.
Maybe in the previous step you decided you could not live from your passion. Think again. Can't you blog about your passion and make an income from it? Can't you write a book? Start coaching? Mentoring? Training videos? Private classes? There are tons of different options to make money from what you love!
Have you found your passion? If you don't, go and start the journey right now. If you do, and this post would have helped you, please share it!
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