Follow your passion (if only you knew what it was)

I have a love-hate relationship with the word passion.

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Of course, having a passion is an amazing feeling, especially if you spend time pursuing it.

But society’s obsession with ‘following our passion’ can be destructive.

What if you don’t have a passion? How can you follow something that you can’t find? That just leads to frustration and a feeling of failure (I know it well).

But a few years ago, I learned something that changed my life. 

Passion isn’t innate. We’re not born with it. Passion develops over time.

It starts with curiosity.

  • If you follow curiosity, it leads to interest.
  • If you follow interest, it can lead to passion.
  • If you follow passion, it can develop into a sense of purpose.

I experienced exactly this. I shifted careers by getting curious, following an interest, and then over a few years, my passion and sense of purpose developed.

I hope this can relieve some of the pressure you may be feeling.

And act as a light-bulb moment for you (as it was for me). 

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