Finding your Passion or Niche
We hear this all of the time, ‘What is Your Passion’? Find your passion and happiness will follow, sounds good, but how do you find it?
At one time you knew what it was. When you were young there were many things that excited you and that you were passionate about. You knew what you wanted to be, what you wanted to do in life, but somewhere along the line those things faded away.
You had to grow up, you had to become an adult and join the workforce. ‘Don’t make waves.’ ‘Follow the crowd.’ ‘You can’t change the world alone.’ You end up becoming one of the millions of sheep who simply follow the masses and work paycheck to paycheck.
You are taught to be a good little drone (not the remote control kind), a worker bee, work your 40 hours, get married, have kids, buy a house with a white picket fence, retire and then die.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can break free and rekindle the flame, and find your passion once again. Think back to when you were young, what excited you? What consumed your thoughts?
Why did you abandon it? Was it because you were told that it was a pastime, a hobby? Did others tell you that you were too obsessed with it and needed to broaden your interests? Or that you will never be any good at it or you can’t make money doing that?
It’s not their life, it’s yours and you’ve only got one shot at it. Too many of us live the life that we think we are supposed to live. We let others control or direct what we do. Sometimes this can lead to rich and fulfilled careers, but most times not. We may make lots of money, but we are miserable everyday while making it.
I have known so many people in my life who went to school for one thing and ended up doing something else. Many people stumbling into the first job or occupation that they find after graduation and end up staying in that field.
Why? Because they fear change. Most of us don’t like change and will do anything to avoid it.
Make sure that you have a clear understanding of what success means to you. Don’t listen to what others define as being successful, listen your heart and do what works for you.
Finding Your Passion
Give these questions some serious thought and they should help you to get started:
- What can you talk about all day without getting tired of it?
- What do you love to learn about?
- What products or services really excite you?
- Who do you admire and why?
- What do you want to accomplish before you die?
- What problems are you good at solving?
After answering these questions, you should notice a theme. That theme should tell you what you are passionate about.