“Find your passion” – Every piece of life advice ever.
Or you will hear “Find your passion and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
I hear it so much, from Warren Buffett, Tony Robbins, or Gary Vee.
But a common question is, “How do I find my passion?”
Well, it’s not quite that simple. I had heard “Find your passion” enough that I eventually did exactly that with some hard work.
I quit my six figure job to live life on my own terms and follow my passions. My passions were creating websites to help people and to try to fulfill a childhood dream of professional golf.
Everyone will have different passions. But I think the older you get the harder it can be to really know how to find your passion.
I’ve spent a ton of time searching, trying new things, reading, and found a lot of success finding what I love to do.
Let me speed up the process for you, here are six ways to help you find your passion:
1) Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
The “comfort zone” is where dreams go to die!
People stick with jobs they like because they like the money but probably more so don’t want to change and be uncomfortable.
The comfort zone is also why people pack on pounds after they have been in a relationship for a while and quit really trying in the relationship.
It’s also the reason you stop doing shit you are passionate about. This is not the way to go through life!
How great is it when you see someone you follow on Instagram just crushing life and constantly doing shit they are passionate about?
I try to only follow people online that really make me motivated, inspired, or leading a type of life I want.
Whether it’s The Rock constantly working out and always filming movies or Lewis Howes passionately speaking on his podcast. Or Gary Vee shouting answers to entrepreneurs or athletes who just love to compete.
People that inspire you are usually the ones doing shit they are passionate about it.
But, most of us work and associate with people that are simply getting by, achieving just enough, or are in the comfort zone. Not to say you don’t have some friends shooting for the stars, it just probably isn’t as common.
2) Look For Your Passion
I know it sounds stupid but seriously, go out and figure out what you are passionate about. The older you get the easier it is to become comfortable in your life and go through the motions.
When I told people I was quitting my six-figure job to blog, create content online, and play golf people thought I was crazy. They also said, “I don’t have anything I’m that passionate about.”
Hint: Everyone is passionate about something, they often just get buried in the process of growing up and becoming an adult.
It’s the reason Paul Rudd plays the same lame, bored Dad/Husband in every single movie.
People get busy when they get older and forget to continue living their lives doing shit they love.
I didn’t know I liked blogging until I started blogging. I didn’t know I loved golf as much as I did since high school until I really committed to it.
To find your passion you have to look for your passion!
In late 2015 I wasn’t in a bad state of mind. Work paid me well but I was unfulfilled and felt lost.
Here are some examples of what I did and will help you find your passion:
I always knew I needed to read but often times I was sitting on the couch watching TV. To help this I just started ordering books on Amazon and shamed myself into reading them.
They were always topics that I was interested in but too lazy to read. Sound familiar?
Instead I ordered over 80 books on Amazon and sure enough found myself reading. Here are five books to help you change your personal finances.
Also, check out these six books to help inspire you and find your passion:
Start with a goal of reading one new book a month. I started this in 2015 and now increased to three a month.
“Leaders are readers” – Tony Robbins
Thanks to Udemy and Teachable you can find a course online for just about anything. I started buying courses for $10 on Udemy on anything I was interested in. From blogging, writing a book, business principles, or T-shirt design.
I probably took a course on it. Check out Udemy for great deals on quick, easy to watch/read courses to keep learning more!
Wrote A Book
For reasons unknown to me, I planted the idea in my head that I wanted to be a published author by age 30. I successfully achieved that goal by publishing my book, Advice for My Younger Self.
It took me over two years to write from start to finish. But it’s only 116 pages…?
I never had a specific timeline and would only write sporadically. I’m so glad I was able to publish it but I will definitely make some changes for my second book.
Related Read: How to Become a First Time Author
Bought a Camera
I always admired people who could take great pictures and figured why not? So I did some research, spent $250 on a nice camera and started trying.
It’s a fun hobby no doubt but I haven’t spent as much time as I should. Most of the pictures were just of our dog so we made a calendar to give to friends and family for Christmas.
I’m not a world-class photographer yet but still, have a ton of interest in it. If you love taking pictures I highly recommend trying this out as we have several friends love it. If you have an interest in anything follow up and try it out!
The worst case is you decide something is not a passion but love it as a hobby. Win – win!
Took An Acting Class
I always loved movies/TV shows and think I’m decent with impressions so I figured why not! Other than Ben Affleck monologue that I crushed I was pretty horrible. But, you never know until you try.
If nothing else it made some really funny memories and got out of my comfort zone.
It’s crucial to get out of your comfort zone when you looking for your passions in life. You won’t always know what you’re passionate about until you try something new.
Look for sites like Groupon to try new things (in a thrifty way) and always say Yes if someone wants you to go on an adventure.
Started A Blog
Clearly, this worked out pretty well. I was always fascinated with people creating great websites and sharing their views with the world.
I absolutely love blogging now and will continue to blog on this site as well as my second website, www.golfhero.com (coming soon).
If you’d like to start a blog check out my step by step instructions here and enroll in my FREE blogging course HERE.
Created Fan Made Trailers
In case you didn’t know I’m a pretty big superhero geek (hence “super” in Super Millennial). I’d seen “fan made trailers” on Youtube before and always been impressed with people editing clips together.
I gave it a shot and actually made two pretty awesome trailers (below). Unfortunately, I don’t see it going too far but regardless learned more skills, tried something new, and got out of my comfort zone.
If you like watching Youtube videos why not try creating some? Worst case they don’t get views. Best case they get views, you gain a following, spin it to a website, have fun, and make money.
Related Read: 7 Side Hustles To Follow Your Passions
Started Playing A Ton of Golf
I played golf from age 10-19 almost every day. After burning out in college I quit the game I once loved.
I would play sporadically but just had fun the past decade. Last year I found my love of the game again and now compete in tournaments and practice every day.
These are some examples I took to find out what I am passionate about. It’s not easy, some of them will fail miserably, but the most important thing is that you have to FIND your passion.
If you don’t look, you will never find your passion. They won’t just magically arrive when you wake up!
Revisit Your Childhood
When you were a kid I’m sure you loved to do things that you aren’t currently doing in your life. Why? Obviously, you can’t do everything you did as a kid but look back on your childhood and find what you loved to do.
It could have been bike riding, playing a sport, or taking pictures.
I always loved playing golf as a kid so it has been euphoric to get back in it this past year. I’ll play this game until the day I die!
Mirror People Who You Envy
Success leaves clues.
Everyone who has ever achieved something great was no smarter than you at the time. Think about people you look up to and mirror their habits.
It could be someone who has a podcast you like, a website, or a person on Instagram. All successful people have consistently great habits.
In what is arguably the best graduation speech ever, Steve Jobs talks about how his curiosity of “typeface” lead him to take a course at Reed College.
“Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and sans serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.
None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But 10 years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.
And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do.
Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. ” – Steve Jobs (Stanford Speech)
Be curious about everything and find out what you’re passionate about. There is no harm in looking!
Learn How Others Found Their Passion
One of the reasons I quit my six figure job to blog, write, and make money online is because I read SO many articles of other people already doing it.
I couldn’t go on Biz Insider or Yahoo without reading something like these:
- How I quit the 9-5 and started an online business that earns $50,000 a month
- A 30-year-old whose business earns up to $23,000 a month explains how she manages to work only 3 days a week
Over and over I would read articles these every day while I was bored at work. Eventually, I found a theme with all these stories.
They just went for it and figured it out.
I read and read and read. But I didn’t take action because I was scared and afraid to fail.
Don’t let fear hold you back, trust yourself. Be bold or grow old!
Go Time: Find Your Passion
If you follow these six steps I am confident you will find your passion. But, be patient and trust the process. I have worked years to find my passions and will continue to learn over time.
If you do these six steps I believe you will find your passion:
- Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
- Look For Your Passion
- Revisit Your Childhood
- Mirror People You Envy
- Be Curious
- Look for Inspiration
Know that with hard work and a vision you can accomplish anything.
Do you feel like you know what your passions are? How did you find them? Let me know in the comments!
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