HONOLULU, Nov. 21, 2015 – This isn’t your father’s marketplace. The days when you could prosper by following in your parents’ footsteps are long gone. We now live in a world where self-discovery and independence are not just vital to our social status, but a necessity for any aspiring entrepreneur, millennials especially.
Recently, the topic of passion has come up quite a bit in business circles. But just how do you find out what your passion really is? Before we get into three different exercises that will help you discover your passion, I want to be sure you understand what passion is not.
To begin, passion should not be mistaken for a hobby, the pursuit of a small financial gain or even involvement in the latest and greatest trends. These are three common errors people make when searching for what they’re truly passionate about.
A hobby helps you relax and takes your mind off a stressful day. A small financial gain is like eating sugar; you get a quick sugar rush, then crash. The latest and greatest trend won’t always be the latest and greatest trend. Our world is ever changing. Passion is not just a pursuit. Passion will thrill you.
When you’re truly passionate about something, it should consume every ounce of your being. You will stay up all night and wake up early just to work on it even more. You will think about it non-stop, research it non-stop as your excitement builds when imagining its possibilities and how you can take it to the next level.
Here are three things you can do to discover your passion:
- Reflect on your childhood.
What did you love to do as a child? What was that one thing that you couldn’t wait to do after school? For me, it was playing Legos with my brother and making jewelry out of beads for my friends. As kids, the minimal responsibilities most of us had probably involved cleaning our room and maybe doing a few additional chores around the house. There wasn’t too much additional responsibility, so a lot of focus was directed toward doing what we love.
- Make a list of people who have what you want.
This is very important. Finding people you can emulate is crucial, especially if you’re new to this process. Search for people who are successful is whatever area(s) you think your passion lies. Those who have cracked the code to success in their specialty have accomplished lots of things you can learn from. Four years ago, I learned from a mentor that one of the keys to success is being a perpetual student. For successful, passionate people, learning never stops
- Create a modern vision board.
A vision board is a place that’s designed to help you visualize daily what you want your life to look like and where you post images and sayings that inspire you to action and help keep your eyes on the prize. It can be a whiteboard, a chalkboard, a corkboard, a blank sheet of poster paper taped to the wall–anything you can imagine that will keep your vision front and center on a daily basis.
In today’s world people are always in a hurry, always living in a state of chaos. To help counteract this, for years people have created personal vision boards that they hang in their homes, somewhere conspicuous where they will see it constantly every day. So a vision board is the best place for many of us to post our ever-evolving visions, re-visions and above all, our greatest passion.
To accomplish the same thing today, I’d encourage you to create a virtual vision board collage on your smartphone and set it as your screensaver because let’s be real: most of us these days are looking at our phones more than the walls on our house.
After you’ve gone through these three exercises you should find yourself arriving at a basic understanding of what it is you’re really passionate about. In launching a business and pursuing the opportunity for growth, all that you do must be centered around what you’re truly passionate about or it simply won’t last. But when you’re living your passion, you will never “work” a day in your life.