What is your passion? Discovering what you love could be the key to unlocking your success
The word passion means to have an intense desire or enthusiasm for something. Passion also refers to love, fervor, preoccupation and eagerness. Taken together, having a passion for something means you have an intense love for it which makes you eager to get up in the morning and start your day. Does this describe how you get up in the morning?
Richard St. John author of the book “The 8 traits successful people have in common” said that many of the successful people he interviewed when he researched his book said that they loved what they did. Steve Jobs for instance said, “I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parent’s garage when I was 20.” Golf superstar, Tiger woods said “I absolutely love it. I love hitting the golf ball” and J.K Rowling author of “Harry Potter” books said, “I love writing these books. I don’t think anyone could enjoy reading them more than I enjoy writing them.”
Having a passion for what you do is one of the key ingredients in great success. Successful people have passion at the top of their list. According to St. John there are two types of people: strivers and seekers. Strivers know what they want from an early age and go after it straight away. Most people, however, are seekers and need to spend time searching for their passion first. St John says that one way to determine if you have found your passion is to ask yourself “Would you do it for free?” If your answer is “yes” congratulations, you have found your passion.
People like filmmaker James Cameron (Titanic), Paul McCartney (Beatles), homemaking celebrity Martha Stewart and evangelist Billy Graham were seekers, but when they eventually found their passion they excelled in their chosen field. So if you haven’t found your passion yet, don’t worry, keep looking, because you still have time to make your mark on life.
How to find your passion
Your passion won’t simply drop into your lap or one day just show up on your doorstep. You have to go in search of it. Ken Mattingly a veteran astronaut and Apollo 13 hero said “The more experiences and the faster you get ‘em the better. They always pay off.” The suggestion here is that you need to experience life. Do as much as you can and take opportunities to try new things. You may have to walk down many paths to eventually find the one you love. Many successful individuals had to do the same. Albert Einstein was one of them. He worked as a patent clerk while he wrote 4 of his most important papers in his spare time. He didn’t know from the offset what his passion was.
When seeking out your passion it is important to follow your heart and not your wallet. Bill Gates (Microsoft) now one of the richest men in the world said, “Paul and I, we never thought we would make much money out of the thing. We just loved writing software.” Michael Jordan said, “I play the game because I love it. I just happen to get paid.” These people didn’t go after the money, they went after their passion. The money came later.
Jerry White a professor of entrepreneurial studies at the University of Toronto said, “People whose only objective is making money, usually don’t.” He went on to say that you should find a product or service you can believe in passionately because without this you will not succeed. If you don’t love the product or service you are trying to sell then find something you can love.
Napoleon Hill says that you don’t have to a fortune teller to predict someone’s future. You simply have to ask him one simple question: “What is your one definite purpose for your life – and what plans have you made to attract it?”
According to Hill, almost 98 out of 100 people will say something like, “I would like to earn a good living and be as successful as I can.” Hill says that on the surface of it, this seems like a reasonable answer, but dig a little deeper and you will find a drifter who will not go on to achieve anything of significance in life, other than the odd left over from truly successful people – who do actually have a definite purpose and a plan to attain it .
If you want good things to be attracted into your life you need to have focus, and a plan to achieve it. How can anything be attracted to you if you do not know what it is yourself? How can anyone offer you their help if you don’t know what you are trying to achieve yourself?
So how do you find your passion? Here are five very simple questions you can ask yourself, but be warned, the simplicity of these questions does not presuppose a simple answer.
What are you really good at doing? ______________________________________________________________
What did you really enjoy doing as a child?______________________________________________________________
What would you do for free?______________________________________________________________
Complete this statement, “If I had no possibility of failing and my success was guaranteed I would” ________________________________________________________________
If you looked back 20 or 30 years from now what would you like to have achieved or accomplished?_______________________________________________________________
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