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How to Find out your true passion for careers

Updated on September 26, 2011

Passion and Profession

We all always want to do something what we are passionate about.  But many don’t know what is their true passion.  If you ask them what is their passion  they may tell you either a long list of what they like or may say they don’t know. Choosing a career based on your passion is a great blessing in life.  Every one is not lucky to get a job of their passion. Once you get a job you just learn to love it. Otherwise you can't get along with your job for a longer time.


Career and Passion

At an early stage of our life, we won't know what is that we like so much. So most of the people take up a career according to their convenience and need to start earning fast.  Later they will realise that they don't enjoy what they are doing and frustration starts building up in them. Some smart people can manage both the chosen career and their passion side by side. I know some doctors who have taken up medicine as their profession, but their heart lies in something else, such as dance, drama, story writing, travel, singing, painting etc.  So they use their passion as a relaxation from their hectic work, on week ends, or whenever time permits. You too must have seen many other professionals who have their own passion and enjoy it whenever possible. Or they may leave their actual career at certain point of their life and take up what they really love doing.

How to find out your passion

1. Ask yourself what is it that you really love doing, where you don't feel pressurized, don't get bored, don't feel tired. If you do this self examination you will be able to find an answer, which is an actual hobby you really enjoy for any amount of time without any complaints. If you don't love what you do you won't  be able to put your whole mind into it, and you won't get a positive result.

Have you heard about this saying about passion?

If you want to be happy right now, go and eat your favorite food.

If you want to be happy for a day, go for a picnic.

If you want to be happy for a week, go for a vacation.

If you want to be happy for a month, get married.

If you want to be happy for a year, inherit wealth.

and finally if you want to be happy for a lifetime, do the work that you love.


A work doing well

2. Ask yourself what is the work you do well enough to get appreciation from others. Are you a good cook and others praise your culinary skill? Do you enjoy music at any disturbing moment? Do you feel like singing some songs to ease your tension? Do you feel very free with a paint and brush, and just create beautiful sketches? Whenever you find time do you feel like scribbling your thoughts? Do you feel like spending your free times in the garden in the company of plants and flowers? Do you enjoy cultivating your own vegetables? Are you passionate about making your own dresses? Do you enjoy resetting your house quite often? Do you enjoy collecting stamps? Do you feel like helping people who are in need by way of physical help? Whenever you find time do you enjoy reading books? Are there any special type of books you are interested? Do you like to spend time with nature and admire its beauty? Do you have a habit of collecting rare things such as coins from different countries, rare paintings, rare leaves you find, or rare plants, or rare designs? Traveling to several places and enjoying the monuments, natural beauty and culture  can be another passion. Are you one who enjoys traveling? There are several things you can find out about your own self that you enjoy doing.

Ask your friends

3. Your friends and siblings will be the best to tell you what you are really doing with pleasure. They must have noticed your actions many times and they may be able to tell you.  Evaluate their answer with your own thoughts, and see whether they are correct.  At the end, you must be the decision maker and not they. 

When to persue your passion

Finally, if you are in a position to find out your true passion, ask yourself again whether you can change your profession to what you are passionate about. Remember, your passion will take time to bring the necessary cash you need. Until then you need your present job to pay your bills and other financial needs. When you feel you can well afford to leave your present job then only persue your passion. Otherwise you will get into trouble. If you want to enjoy the income benefits of your job and at the same time follow your passion  as a way of relaxation.

The beauty of pursing one's passion is that you never get bored, or tired. You continue doing it with great enthusiasm and spirit, without cribbing or blaming anyone. Why is it so? It is nothing just because your mind enjoys what you are doing. The urge of your mind gets satisfied by getting what it wants, and not burdened with what it doesn't like.


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      lex123 6 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by Fay. I think many of us are with many passions, not just one or two.

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      A very interesting read. I'm just destined to always be scattered all over the place...I am passionate about many, many things.