“What book can I read to find my passion?”
That was a question someone recently asked me on twitter. I wish I had a bullhorn for the answer, but since I don’t let’s try this:
THERE IS NO BOOK YOU CAN READ
OR PERSON YOU CAN MEET
WHO CAN DEFINE YOUR PASSION!
Passion is only discovered through personal trial and error.
Fail fast to succeed faster is the most powerful mantra you can use when thinking about passion discovery.
And in most cases it takes not just one, but many fails.
Failing isn’t fun either, but rather painful. It takes focus, hard work, sweat, blood and tears of tireless effort to fully explore your connection to an activity. Then you have to ask yourself the following questions:
Do I love it?
Could I do it for the rest of my life?
Would I do it for free?
Does it make me feel completely in my element?
If you answer “no” to any of the above, then enters the hardest part of passion discovery – you must have the courage to pivot to something else. At that point, you must have the grit to give that something else the same level of commitment, ask yourself the set of questions, assess, pivot and start again.
I didn’t know what I was passionate about until I found out what I wasn’t passionate about (and it only happened through trial and error).
If you want to discover your passion, put down the books, stop talking to people, and go out and get your hands dirty!