You must have thought that I am always talking about passion so what is passion and how do I find out what is my passion?
Dictionary.com refer Passion as
– any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.
– strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor.
– strong sexual desire; lust.
– an instance or experience of strong love or sexual desire.
– a person toward whom one feels strong love or sexual desire.
– a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music.
My friends approached me on two separate occasions, asking me how did I know what is my passion? What is the thought process that lead to that knowledge? Actually passion could stem from many areas so please allow me to provide some simple steps for you to help you along in your passion finding hunt.
Dig out the memories you had when you are a child, when your teacher or your parents asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Compare this with what you are doing right now. Does it match? Ask yourself what makes you want to be that role when you are younger.
I remembered when I was really young, my essay answer to this question has always been “I want to become an art teacher or an English teacher.”
My childhood passions are identified as language, arts and teaching.
During your teenage years, you are expose into the grey world between childhood and adulthood. You became ambitious, risky, daring and nothing seems to be able to stop you (not even a 360 degree roller coaster or a haunted house). Your dreams are different now. During those years, what are your ambition?
For me, I wanted to be an advertorial designer or an art teacher (not giving up on that dream).
So my teen passion was art, design, teaching.
Your 1st job
Everyone has their first job, be it a summer holiday job or a part time job. Usually, if your first job is good, you’ll have wonderful memories of it. It can be one of those things that fuel your passion. It is the first step that opened up your eyes to the working world. Remember your first paycheck? And how you blew it on a new bag or a new bike?
My very first holiday job is when I was 14 years old. Most of my classmates are working in MacDonald, KFC or Burger King but I’m not interested in slogging hours frying the fries. I wanted a more glamourous job so I can show off to my pals. In the end, I got a job as a telephone operator in a hotel, recommended by my mum who said since I’m always on the phone so much, I should put my mouth where the money is. I love the job and I am good at it. I love that I wouldn’t know who will call next. I love interacting with hotel guests who came from all over the world. I had my eyes on a handsome Tom Cruise look-a-like Swedish guest too!
My passion then is interaction and talking on the phone.
Your passion could be stemming out from your hobbies. Usually hobbies are for a lifetime and when occupied with your hobby is where you are at your most relaxed stage and doing your best. So look at your current hobbies especially the ones whom you have been following for a long time.
I don’t have much hobbies because I am an impatient person. I can’t stand still at a table, creating crafts. Even as I am writing this post, I am using my iPhone while sprawling across my couch. Lol! But I love to write and I love to read and travel.
My hobbyist passions are read, travel and write.
Personality comes into play when hunting down your passion. So when someone is extrovert, he or she wouldn’t like to cope indoor all day. An introvert would suffer if she needs to socialize a lot in her job.
I’m a social butterfly and I love to be surrounded by a lot of people because I’m curious about them.
So my personality passion would be socializing.
Having passion is one thing, being good at your job is another. It’s true that these two attributes goes hand in hand however, we cannot discount the fact that you may have passion in certain areas that you do not have any talent. Even if you have a lot of passion in a certain area but kept on hitting the wall, you’ll give up sooner or later.
For me, I can’t draw to save my life. I can design but I can’t pick up a paper and pencil to draw. I’m too impatient for that.
My specialty is that I am intuitive towards people and I am good at inspiring.
Let’s now analyst the above thoughts on my passion.
My passion: Art, Teaching, Language, Design, Writing, Reading, Travel, Interaction, Talking on the phone, Socializing.
So together with my listed passion and my specialties, the conclusion is pretty straight forward.
I can be a teacher (which I did for a few years and I truly enjoyed myself too!).
Passion: Art, Teaching, Language, Interaction
I can be a writer (exploring right now!).
Passion: Teaching, Language, Writing, Reading, Interaction, Socializing
I can be in sales, retail & customer service (I did do very well in all that areas).
Passion: Teaching, Interaction, Talking on the phone, Socializing
I can be in management (I strive well in this area too and I love it).
Passion: Teaching, Interaction, Talking on the phone, Socializing, Travel
Perhaps the only 1 thing that I have not really explore is design. But the rest as you can see, allow me to fully grown into my job I have chosen and because of my passion fuel me on, I did performed well in my work. In turn, I get recognition at work and fuel my passion too!
So what are your passions? What drives you on? Share with us here below.