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What is Your Intellectual Passion?

Updated on September 6, 2013

My intellectual passion is analyzing and problem-solving, especially when it involves helping others. For as long as I could remember, I enjoyed figuring things out, how they work, and how to fix them if they don’t work. I enjoy this in different areas, in both my work and at home.

Steps to Problem Solving

Problem Solving Flowchart
Problem Solving Flowchart | Source

How Do You Solve a Problem?

When I think of analyzing and problem solving, I think of asking questions, researching, collecting information, processing information and applying different solutions until I find one that works. Sometimes solving problems is easier if you have a plan. Try listing possible solutions and then decide which solution is most feasible. Don’t give up if the first attempt to solve a problem fails.

How I Found My Passion For Problem-Solving

The problem-solving area that I love to work with the most is technology. How did I come to realize this? Well, it all started when I took my first Fortran programming class in college, many years ago. I discovered flow-charting at that time, and how to program a computer. I have been fascinated with computers even since. I remember when I bought my first computer, which was a Commodore-64. I still have it in its original box. It’s stored in the attic, and I keep it as a reminder of how I felt when I entered that phase of my life. I bought it while attending my second year of college (yes, many years ago) and I still remember all the wonderful things it could do. I was literally fascinated by the music, games and cool programs that were available. The one I remember the most is a basketball game which I think was called One on One, with Dr. J and Larry Bird playing basketball. I remember there were some really cool Olympic games software programs too, and I was totally amazed at the graphics. That was the beginning of the spark that got me interested in computers.

Well, computers have come a long way since then, but let’s just say that when I discovered what computers could do, I knew I was destined the make computers part of my life forever. I have also always loved helping people, so the combination of using computers and helping others was something that always gave me a great deal of satisfaction.

Where Does Passion Come From?

I think passion is something that comes from the soul. It's not something you can learn from a book. You have to experience passion. In my case, I discovered that if you are passionate about problem-solving, it’s easier to find solutions. So I believe if you have a passion in what you do, you can be very successful. How do you channel passion? Part of it is just believing in yourself, having confidence in what you do, and recognizing what truly makes you happy. It’s also recognizing what makes you feel better and not being afraid to pursue it. Do you love to travel? Do you love cooking? Do you love sports? Do you love art? Whatever is it, make it a big part of your life. Better yet, if you can incorporate what you love into your job, you will be even more successful!

What To Do If You Haven’t Yet Discovered Your Intellectual Passion

Write down a list of 10 things that make you happy. Then circle your favorite one. Is it something that is a big part of your life or just something you wish was a big part of your life? Whatever your passion is, and whatever industry, background, trade or skill that you choose, it’s probably something you have always loved doing. So be sure to do what you enjoy and if you can, make it a big part of your life. To me, the key to happiness is doing what you love.

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    • molometer profile image

      molometer 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      It certainly helps.

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      5 years ago

      Yes, molometer, Fortran language is something that not all readers may remember. That was the first computer language I learned and then I became fascinated with computers (especially the flowcharting aspect).

      I'm glad you liked this hub...I'm learning more and more that passion for what you are doing definitely drives success!

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      molometer 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow I remember Fortran, that is going back quite a way.

      Great ideas here to help structure ones thinking.

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      6 years ago

      So true, doinglifewithgod. With passion and faith, we can accomplishment anything!

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      doinglifewithgod 

      6 years ago

      Passion is so much a key to a happy, productive, satisfying life.

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      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for your comment, celeBritys4africA. :-)

    • celeBritys4africA profile image

      celeBritys4africA 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      One vote up! Awesome.

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago

      Hi Rebecca E.,

      I'm glad you found it helpful! Happiness is definitely doing what you love. :-)!

      Regards,

      Easylearningweb

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      Rebecca E. 

      7 years ago from Canada

      this is truly very helpful and a great way to learn about your passion.

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      8 years ago

      So true, elayne001. Imagine if we enjoyed cleaning as one of our passions. LOL. Thanks for sharing your comment. :-)

      Regards,

      Easylearningweb

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      Elayne 

      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I have too many passions so I have to prioritize them. Too bad cleaning the house is not one of them : )

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      8 years ago

      Hey Winsome,

      Chocolate is definitely on my top 10 list!

      Regards,

      Easylearningweb

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      8 years ago

      Hey Sandyspider,

      Yes, I'm all into lists...then once you have your list, remember to circle your favorite and make it a big part of your life!

      Regards,

      Easylearningweb

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      Winsome 

      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Thank you ELW for a passionate look at passion. You know you're in trouble when you write down your ten things and they all involve chocolate. =:)

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Better start making that list.

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for your comment, Neil. :-)

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      8 years ago

      Thanks, Pamela. I agree. I think we all have passion, and if you learn to harness it, you can be very successful. :-)

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      Neil Sperling 

      8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Yip - you got it!

      Well done.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Interesting hub. Passion in life makes you much happier and fulfilled.

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