Finding Your Passion

Finding Your Passion

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“Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.” ~Dan Dennett

I love that quote!

To truly feel alive, you need to find something that you love, and you can’t do it for prestige.

It requires passion.

There’s a great video of Steve Jobs answering the question asked by Kara Swisher, “What’s the number one thing required to accomplish some of the things you’ve done in your life?”  To which he replies, “Passion.”

He then goes on to explain that it’s not for the reason most people think.

It’s not because you should love what you do and be passionate so you can do your best work.

He argues that you need passion because what you’re about to do is probably gonna be so hard, that any normal person would give up, and that because of that passion, you’ll push through – and that’s where greatness comes from.

Essentially you need to be a little crazy.

I tend to agree.

When you decide to dedicate your life to something more important than you, something special happens.

Your mind connects to the idea and the people around you in a way that just isn’t possible without it.

Passion (and purpose) allows you to tap into a special place of creativity and action that you would otherwise lack.

Huge challenges seem solvable or at least irrelevant to the bigger picture.

In some ways you feel possessed.

Unfortunately, there’s no guaranteed way to find that passion, only a process.

It’s filled with trial and error, but at the core, it’s that you continue to search. It’s a process of discovery that can only come from within.

There are ways to increase the probability of finding it, like being in the proximity of others who have found it, but for the most part, it’s a journey.

The one thing that may help is to continue to ask: What could I dedicate my life to?

That’s a great place to start.

If money wasn’t an option what would you do? If all your expenses were covered and you could do anything with your time, what would you do? Leave a comment below with your answer!

  • BC

    Revamp the K-12 education process to make it more dynamic and accommodating for all learning styles and disabilities. Every learning style should be accounted for. Do away with the one size fits all approach, and tailor education to the individual student, not the majority of the class.

    • Dan Martell

      BC, that’s awesome. Have you heard of or even – I’m a supporter of both of these + countless others.

      Education is broken.


      • BC

        Yes! I’m a huge fan of the approach Alt school is taking to education. That model needs to be replicated up in Canada! We need to leverage the methods for determining personalized learning plans and get it to the masses online. Hell, even sell it as a service to tutors and private schools, and the target the major school boards!

  • Annie Marie Peters

    Very inspiring! A lot of careers are driven by money only, only to find out later that the person is not happy with their life. A lot of us have been there. Sometimes you have to find out what you don’t want — in order to discover what your passion really is.

    • Chantelle C.

      I think that the above comment completely outlines the majority of people who have jobs that they work but find themselves unhappy in. A lot of people take on jobs because they have bills to pay and it helps them get by, but when it is not something that they are passionate about, it becomes only something that pays the bills. Going through this process and journey is exactly what people need to do, find out what they are unhappy with, but then they have to be willing to jump into what will make them more happy.

      Too many people get complacent.

  • Thomas W.P. Slatin

    I can honestly say that my career, and eventual business were fueled by my creative passion. Money was not the driving force behind the decision to go into business for myself, although it was a bonus because I have bills to pay, just like everyone else.

    The greatest part about being self-employed doing what I love is that it really doesn’t feel like work at all. My late father used to say that you should only be self employed doing something that you would continue to do even without being paid to do it.

    That is what I have accomplished here, and for me, it means everything.

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