Stop Trying to Find Our One Passion
Too often we hear the seemingly invaluable line ‘find your passion’.
On the surface, it sounds right, but if we spend our lives searching for that one thing, the chances of us finding it are slim to none. Instead, imagine we looked for the things that made us feel passionate. Imagine that we chased a feeling, and not a thing and realized that it could come from almost anywhere.
So often, students will graduate from whatever level of school they are in and look for the one thing that they hope to be their passion. But when we realize that we aren’t all going to leave school or transition jobs and save the world, the idea of a ‘dream job’ fades and we get stuck in whatever reality is in front of us.
I would challenge this and suggest that we should be looking for a feeling, one that could be derived from any number of actions. As a speaker, I can travel, learn, discover, and be challenged with my work- these are the things I value. With these values, though, I could be a musician, a photographer, a journalist, or any number of things that would make me feel the same things I do while being a speaker.
As an analyst, I could be working at any number of positions and regardless of who it was for, what I feel while doing it is going to be much more important.
Take an athlete for example— most athletes retire at a relatively young age but very few disappear completely when they are finished.
Because to feel the same sense of mastery, growth, and development they did from the field, ice, court, and so on, they have to be doing things that they can still get this passionate feeling satisfaction from.
I would suggest that the things we do in our everyday work lives (talking on the phone, writing emails, or in meetings, etc.) aren’t what matter in our pursuit of finding things that make us feel passionate. Unless we are connected to why, how, and who we do our work with, then we’ll never find our passion. That said, though, if the things we do make us feel passionate, then we can be doing any number of things.
Wherever we are in our career, it is important to know that finding our passion isn’t necessarily the best move we can make. Finding the things that make us feel passionate and going after them to the best of our ability is going to be a much more advisable route to take on the pursuit of happiness.