How do you find your passion?

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I don't know if this belongs here or in the self-improvement subforum, but I'm posting it here to start.

I don't do IM because I'm passionate about it. I do it because it's fun, it's like a game in the way I look at it, and it pays some of my bills for me. There's absolutely no passion in it for me. My day job is similar -- it's not fun, but it pays the bills that IM currently can't (but will soon), so I keep going back most of the days I'm supposed to be there.

Outside of making money and giving me something to do, neither has any other benefit for me though.

So my post today is really a question for all of you:

How do I find my passion?

Outside of the dream of living at the beach, there's nothing out there that really drives me. What advice can you offer to me that may be able to help me take the next step in life?

Also, if you found your passion already in life, tell me what it is and how you came about finding it.

Thanks in advance everyone.

-- j
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  • Profile picture of the author fin
    I usually find a passion by taking up new hobbies.

    How do you know you won't love something if you never give it a try?

    I have a few passions which all seem to roll into one: lucid dreaming, writing, blogging and meditation.

    I also love fitness, bodyweight exercises to be more specific.

    I also love IM, but only when I'm writing about my passions.

    My advice would be to try new hobbies. Maybe read a few hobby books on Kindle and see what ones take your fancy.

    There's plenty of room in my niche if you want to join .
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    • Profile picture of the author Horny Devil
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      Take it from me, if it makes you plenty of money it'll soon become a passion. And if by some chance it doesn't, you can always have it managed or outsourced with all the money you're making . . . then dabble with, or find your true passion.


      Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

      How do I find my passion?
      You don't find your passion. When you have enough money it finds you. How many thousands of different things have you never tried because of work or financial restrictions? You'll never know what you'll like, or what could become a passion, until you've tried it.
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  • Profile picture of the author WriterWahm
    Hmmm, where do I start? I can't tell you for sure how to find your passion even though there are several self help books out there which could point you in the right direction. So I guess I'll just move on to the second part of your question.

    I've always known I wanted to write stories. I was writing stories for my younger ones when I was 6 years old - in pencil and with chalk . But I didn't follow my passion when I picked a major, I went to law school instead.

    When I started with IM, I did it because my family needed the income. We were in a foreign country where my husband was a student and we were not allowed to work. So since I'd been blogging for fun already, I looked to the internet for how to make a living. I started writing IM related stuff and boy, I was bored stiff!

    Well, to cut the already long story short, I'm now writing fiction and I have the honor of being paid to do something I would have done for free anyway. I am passionate about creating stories and weaving plots and well, writing. So I suppose that is my passion.

    On second thoughts, I would say if you find something you don't mind doing for free and you really love doing that thing, that is most likely your passion.

    Thanks for starting this thread, just posting has been refreshing.
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  • Profile picture of the author JoeyXoto
    My passion is spiritual growth. I like ancient history, studying cult psychology, politics & religions. I'm one of those people who is never satisfied with information, and always wants to learn more and more (this is one of the big reasons I kept reading more and more when I started IM rather than taking action and doing things! Albeit, that's just how I am).

    How do you find your own passion?

    For anybody looking to discover a new passion, I would suggest doing things differently to what you do now. If you want to discover something new, you have to change your pattern of life. If you are doing the same things u do every day, and are expecting something new, then you are crazy! J

    "A fool expects different outcomes to the same old habits"

    If you have never had a passion, it's a result of your habits. If you change them, you'll discover new things. If you have passions and want something, once again it's the same thing.

    That's my opinion J

    Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

    I don't know if this belongs here or in the self-improvement subforum, but I'm posting it here to start.

    I don't do IM because I'm passionate about it. I do it because it's fun, it's like a game in the way I look at it, and it pays some of my bills for me. There's absolutely no passion in it for me. My day job is similar -- it's not fun, but it pays the bills that IM currently can't (but will soon), so I keep going back most of the days I'm supposed to be there.

    Outside of making money and giving me something to do, neither has any other benefit for me though.

    So my post today is really a question for all of you:

    How do I find my passion?

    Outside of the dream of living at the beach, there's nothing out there that really drives me. What advice can you offer to me that may be able to help me take the next step in life?

    Also, if you found your passion already in life, tell me what it is and how you came about finding it.

    Thanks in advance everyone.

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    • Profile picture of the author Elamros
      Originally Posted by JoeyXoto View Post

      My passion is spiritual growth. I like ancient history, studying cult psychology, politics & religions. I'm one of those people who is never satisfied with information, and always wants to learn more and more (this is one of the big reasons I kept reading more and more when I started IM rather than taking action and doing things! Albeit, that's just how I am).

      How do you find your own passion?

      For anybody looking to discover a new passion, I would suggest doing things differently to what you do now. If you want to discover something new, you have to change your pattern of life. If you are doing the same things u do every day, and are expecting something new, then you are crazy! J

      "A fool expects different outcomes to the same old habits"

      If you have never had a passion, it's a result of your habits. If you change them, you'll discover new things. If you have passions and want something, once again it's the same thing.

      That's my opinion J
      Many people do not actually know how to find their passion and that is really terrible. One should start finding his or her passion early on -from the time you can think, from the early years of school. The family should be the first to help and support in finding that passion. I know this could be difficult because of the family dynamics and the environment and many other factors. Your family may not probably be ideal, if not you can turn to good friends. Spiritual growth is also very helpful here.

      How I found my passion? I am still looking for it. Although I already found some. I found them and still looking for other passion through spiritual growth, personal growth through self-awareness, through the help of my friends - not really from my family, although I draw strength from them too. Exploring your wants and desires could help too. Meditate on the important things you have learned. Some may be painful, but the important things to remember are the things you learned and not the pain.
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        Originally Posted by Elamros View Post

        Many people do not actually know how to find their passion and that is really terrible. One should start finding his or her passion early on -from the time you can think, from the early years of school. The family should be the first to help and support in finding that passion. I know this could be difficult because of the family dynamics and the environment and many other factors. Your family may not probably be ideal, if not you can turn to good friends. Spiritual growth is also very helpful here.

        How I found my passion? I am still looking for it. Although I already found some. I found them and still looking for other passion through spiritual growth, personal growth through self-awareness, through the help of my friends - not really from my family, although I draw strength from them too. Exploring your wants and desires could help too. Meditate on the important things you have learned. Some may be painful, but the important things to remember are the things you learned and not the pain.
        Sometimes the process goes the other way around. You just do whatever you start doing and you become so good at it that it becomes your passion .

        I've found even in my school years that I wouldn't start enjoying doing something before I actually got down to work and became good at it. For example, I hated my economics class before I sat down one weekend and studied hard. A few months later I loved it and almost won a regional school contest.

        I think struggling to find your passion might be a trap. Maybe it's better to do something, whatever it is, and go with that, than lose many years not excelling in anything (and being unhappy about it) because nothing feels like your passion.
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    Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

    Outside of the dream of living at the beach, there's nothing out there that really drives me. What advice can you offer to me that may be able to help me take the next step in life?
    How many do you want ? Sounds like a great passion right there, a question back at you, do you believe strongly that you can achieve this goal ?

    Or is it that you see this as a maybe option or a unreachable dream ? when you want something bad enough it will become all time consuming and possible and when that happens its like a fire in your belly that nothing can extinguish.

    Your passion seems fine to me and if thats what you really want, turn up the burners and probably not let other distractions climb into the way.

    Many people sell their dreams as they get older, they start with I want a sea side home, then that whittles away over the years to a compromise or smaller dream.

    If you really do want that sea side home, take the brakes of and work until there is no tomorrow and you put that key in the front door of your new home.
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          Originally Posted by AntonioSeegars1 View Post

          LMAO!! Give in to the dark side! Say I love money and power! You just stated your passion. Wanting better things in life is your passion. Now the only thing you have to do is work to get them.
          Hmmm, I think I would describe those as more setting and meeting goals than passion. Sure one can have motivation to being those things to pass, but that would be described as "drive", in my opinion, although I also can see that as a passion of sorts.

          I think Jason was more looking for the vehicle to bring those goals to fruition and something that empowers his drive to do so, in other words a passion.


          Originally Posted by AntonioSeegars1 View Post

          I made empowering myself a choir...
          Now that certainly would be empowering, to have the heavens open up and a choir of angels singing Hallelujah every time that you accomplished something to bring you one step closer to meeting your goals.

          Sorry, I just couldn't resist that one.

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            I made empowering myself a choir...

            Originally Posted by MissTerraK View Post

            Now that certainly would be empowering, to have the heavens open up and a choir of angels singing Hallelujah every time that you accomplished something to bring you one step closer to meeting your goals.
            I missed the error(possibly due to edit), but i think it actually sings "praise" to what he was trying to say!!

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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      The chances are that whatever you're doing now is, at least in part, tempered by your own belief in what's possible. If you want to find your real passion in terms of business, start with a clean slate and ask yourself this question:

      "What would I do if I knew that success was 100% guaranteed?"

      For the purposes of this exercise, don't allow for any "buts" or "what ifs". Just let your imagination flow. Where you end up should give you a clearer idea of your inner passions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    Also, if you found your passion already in life, tell me what it is and how you came about finding it.
    I have many different passions in life (btw, JoeyXOTO great post my man) and I'll share one of them with you and how I found it.

    Roughly a decade ago a friend of mine came to me devasted about his divorce that he was going through. He had been married over 12 years and really thought he was going to grow old with his wife, but it didn't turn out that way. So we hung out more often than normal and I tried my best to help him get over his break up.

    Well after about a year he came to me and asked me to help get him get back into the "dating game". Though he had a very limiting belief. At the ripe old age of 37 years he thought he was too "old" to do this. I told him this was nonsense and that I knew people twice his age who were dating successfully.

    Well, he noticed that I was quite a prolific dater at the time and asked me to write him a short outline on what he could do to get back into the dating world.

    "No problem," I said, "I'll have something for you tomorrow."

    That night I started writing and after a few hours I realized I ended up with really big outline that was over a dozen pages long in small font. When I handed it to him his eyes grew wide and he said, "Thanks!"

    That next day I ran into him and he said that I should write a book, that what I wrote what simply outstanding. "Now, now...." I said, "You have to follow the advice first before you can even begin to go down that road."

    For the next few weeks, I saw my buddy Ken go out and start to meet people. And within a few months dated a few gals and eventually found his second wife. When I saw how happy my friend was and how he had made a ton of positive changes in his life, I knew I had discovered a new passion.......giving dating advice to people who needed it.

    I decided to refine my craft, but that's a story for another day. And to this day I'm still giving advice, mostly to men, about their dating issues. And that 12 page report has evolved into a 400 page e-book.

    RoD

    How do I find my passion?
    This process is different for everyone, but if someone comes to me with this question I advise them to be "proactive", meaning that passions don't always fall in your lap and that you should seek them out.

    It's important to read, explore, go out and meet new people, and above all, have new experiences. One of the best things I ever did was take a mini-vacation in a nice, but modest hotel with no computer and jot down things that I was interested in and spend some time really thinking about this.

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        Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

        .............
        I would love to have that book -- dating is the one area in life where I've been a complete failure by anyone's standards. I'll take all the help I can get. PM me or post a link here letting me know where I can get it.

        I think I'll try this in a few weeks. I just had a few big jobs come in through my writing company, so I have a little extra money. I'm putting most of it in savings, but I'm determined to "blow" a little of it somehow, and this sounds like an ideal plan.

        Thanks Rod! I'm always honored when someone I look up to answers my questions, and you & Frank are both in that category.

        -- j
        Sending you a PM shortly. Also, here's what I advise people to do when they want to take a mini-vacation for a weekend (or during the week). Use Priceline. Pick a general area of where you want to stay and then name your own price.

        Only select 4 or 5 star hotels. I do this a lot for my mini-vacations (because Kevin Riley says I'm a cheap @#$%!) and I can usually get a really nice hotel for at least half off. It's awesome for thinking when you're feeling like a baller.......

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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      I'm sorry, Jason, but I can't help you find your passion because I don't know you in person and can't watch the the things that you do and see by your expressions and body language those things that you truly love to do, the things that put a smile on your face, make you laugh or the things that make you feel satiated.

      I can however share with you what my passion is and how I discovered it or maybe, how it discovered me, lol, I'm not sure which.

      My passion, first and foremost, is writing. It was a process that started at an early age for me beginning with my incurable curiosity and my little over imaginative mind. Whenever my mom would read me a story, I always stopped her and asked questions as she read, things I wanted to know, but the author didn't include in the story. My mom would then answer that she didn't know, the book didn't say, and then would ask me what I thought. This is where I began the weaving of words.

      When I learned how to write, I began re-writing some of my favorite stories with many more details and turns in them. I began writing stories about where I wanted to go and the things I wanted to do. When I got into trouble, I wrote why I did the things I did and spun it where either my older sister or little brother were obviously the guilty party and me, a victim of circumstance. I also began to realize that with my words, I could move people, whether it was to laugh, to cry, to sympathize or even to anger and I liked it.

      Later in school, my teachers always encouraged me in my writing and to enter writing contests where I usually walked away with winning either a place, or an honorable mention. I sent some of my stories to kids and teen magazines and when they were chosen for publication, I was elated!

      Then in high school in a college English course, our assignment was to write a story including as many descriptive details as we could. She would then break us up into groups where each person would begin reading their story and the other students were to stop them if they wanted more details on something written. My classmates always groaned when they heard their names called with mine for a group, hehe! I was already a pro at this!

      Oh my goodness, I'm writing a book here! To make a long story short, that love of words and expression also spilled into acting and I was in many plays and a member of the drama club which brings me to my second passion, which is acting and being able to bring the written word to life.

      I guess I said all of that to say, that with me, I was born with my passion and it developed over time. Do you have anything that you have loved since you were a child? Can you monetize it? I know that you are a writer as well. Is that not a passion?

      Whatever you discover your passion is or where your passions lie, I wish you colossal success with it and hope we bump into each other on a beach some time as beaches are my favorite places to hang out.

      Terra
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        • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
          If I.T. doesn't thrill you, let alone interest you, I would encourage you to definitely go ahead change your major for your degree.

          From what you've said, it sounds like writing is indeed a passion for you. There is a major clue, you like to do it for fun. You do it regardless if you're being paid to or not.

          Take your character you created for example, and how for fun, you love to write about it. It appears you like character development. You could write books and offer them for sale on Kindle or other places. You should at least give it a try, who knows, it just may end up to be your "cash cow".

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              That is awesome, Jason!

              I'm excited for you! From what I've read of your posts here on the forum, I'd say you have a way with words and a very creative mind. I've always enjoyed the way you've expressed your ideas. I think you are on to a winner!

              I did see Alexa's post and wanted to join too, however, I just have too much on my plate right now in the real world, lol! But I'm making sure I'll be able to participate next year!

              I wish you the best! Go get 'em!

              Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author Merylo
    I believe once you get a happiness sensation from doing something beside sex and food, you just know it and say "This is my hobby!"
    I spend hours playing computer game, but still in good shape, hobby will never tire you out.
    I also spend a lot of time running, there is a sense of achievement each time I break my own record.
    I've been a gamer since college, and the reason is simple, once I lose a game and rematch, next match .. I won so I can make fun my loser friend.
    Running ... I do it because I like Usain Bolt, His life story is amazing.
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        Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

        To be the Terra-izer I know you are, you're doing a really bad job here. I'm blushing over the compliments from you.

        -- j
        Haha! Just you wait! The plot has just been set and now I intend on Terra-izing you the whole way until I see your books for sale! Muahahahaha!

        Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author Izerman
    The only way to "find" a passion is to take every chance you get at doing something you've never done before. If you never try you'll never know.

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  • Profile picture of the author techbul
    You need to find the thing you like to do most, and then do it better than anybody else is. Regardless of what it is, you're going to be successful in life.
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    First I figure out what motivates me..
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  • Usually the best way to find your passion is to ask yourself this question: If I had to do something for the rest of my life whether I got paid for it or not, what would that be?

    The answer is your passion and it's usually something that you naturally do.
    You can always pray about it too and God will direct your path.
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      • Profile picture of the author WarrenPeterson
        Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

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        I want to wake up in the morning, every morning, and watch the sun rise over the ocean. I want to breathe in that salty air, watch the grass on the sand dunes sway back and forth, and hear the sea gulls call out to each other throughout the day.

        I want to turn on my computer over coffee in the morning, check my email for orders, work a few hours, and then have the rest of the day to go out and take pictures of...well...anything.
        ...
        Why? Why do you want to wake up and watch the sun rise over the ocean? Why not the mountains? Why not the city?

        Why do you want to just work for a few hours and then go take pictures?

        What would be the impact on your life if that were to be the case?

        What if you made a business that combined the beach and photogaphy?


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    My passion is lying in the bed next to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author garveyonweb
    IM, a game indeed. Passion, interest, or a means to an end? It's the focus that counts. Its just easier to focus on a passion.... In my opinion.
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    Passion is something people just kind of stumble into. You don't plan passion. It finds you.
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  • Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

    Outside of the dream of living at the beach, there's nothing out there that really drives me. What advice can you offer to me that may be able to help me take the next step in life?
    I understand where you're coming from: I neither have no platonic dream pushing me forth through the daily grind. It doesn't bother me much though.

    You see, I'm a VERY goal-orientated person: I cannot stand doing things "just because". That's why I grow bored pretty quickly from most hobbies: I just cannot justify to keep on doing stuff just because it's "kinda nice". For example, after the 3rd weekend driving 100km out of town into the county side, I promptly quit my former nature photography hobby. I couldn't help myself wondering: "how long can I justify doing this stuff, regardless of whether I may think it's nice or not, if it serves no specific purpose?".

    The funny thing is that I've always told myself that I would like to retire young, but the truth is that I know for a fact that I would get bored out of my nipples within a few week into retirement. Like I said, I just find pointless to do stuff that has no specific purpose.

    Conclusion: now a days I simply don't worry too much about find my life-defining passion. Instead, I do my daily stuff and try to enjoy the ride along the way rather than obsessing about any hypothetically-enlightening destination.
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    • Profile picture of the author sylviad
      Originally Posted by Anonymous Affiliate View Post

      ...I cannot stand doing things "just because". That's why I grow bored pretty quickly from most hobbies: I just cannot justify to keep on doing stuff just because it's "kinda nice". For example, after the 3rd weekend driving 100km out of town into the county side, I promptly quit my former nature photography hobby. I couldn't help myself wondering: "how long can I justify doing this stuff, regardless of whether I may think it's nice or not, if it serves no specific purpose?".

      ...Like I said, I just find pointless to do stuff that has no specific purpose.
      hahaha... I can't believe you said that. Me too! That's why I prefer writing with purpose over writing for pleasure. I always thought I'd love to write a murder mystery - and still would like to do one - but whenever I get started, I soon reach your conclusion... "What's the point? Why is this important? What purpose does it fill?" (Well, I suppose it will entertain so there is a purpose of sorts.)

      Most often, I stop the fiction and move back to informative writing which seems so far to be more satisfying. I feel I've done something with meaning and purpose. But it's also because I can get it published quickly and feel good about it as compliments come back.

      I've tried the now defunct pastime of macrame. (Do people still do that?) It was great fun when I had a use for the products I created, but once I had all the macrame plant hangers I could use, just doing macrame was no longer a purposeful use of my time. That's not to say I didn't and don't enjoy doing macrame. If I found another use for the products, I would gladly take it up again.

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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Wowza, Jason!

        Those photographs are very good especially since you said you didn't have a very good camera!

        You have a very good eye and and a talent for making certain elements in the picture stand out!

        I kid you not, when I saw them, I instantly was thinking of verses to go with them for greeting cards, and small hardcover sentimental books with the photos lightened in the background for every page. In other words, they moved me.

        I even imagined one of the pink waterlily ones framed and hanging on one of the walls in my parlor.

        I think you have chosen your two passions very wisely as you certainly have talent in both areas.

        Dang it, I swear after this, the Terra-izing will begin! :p

        Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author sylviad
    My passion came to me as a child - writing. I love it. As soon as I'm done one piece of writing, I want to do another one. It depends on the topic, though. It has to be something I'm familiar with and actually enjoy. Or it has to entail educating people on what I know about a given topic or a topic I can quickly and effectively research.

    Other than that, my passion is to try new things. While this is a great way to enjoy variety, it seldom results in finding something I'd like to continue doing. When I get bored with it, I wait until I stumble onto something else, which I might chase around for awhile.

    I didn't pursue my writing career until I was in my late 30s. And then, it was out of desperation when my job at the time had become painfully boring.

    I found that new career by going through my school records. It quickly became evident that my strongest subjects were writing, spelling, English literature and art. From this discovery, I went to college to perfect my writing skill.

    Maybe you need to do something similar. Go back to a time when you did enjoy things. What were those things? Can you revive them? Look through college course listings and see if something clicks. It doesn't mean you have to go to college as I did, but it'll give you somewhere to start.

    Most of the time, our passions are evident in our younger years. There's a good chance that whatever you liked then, you still like today. We do tend to wander away from our passions as we move into different stages of life.

    As someone said above, look for things that perk your interest and give them a try. You're sure to find something that causes a spark.

    If you really don't find anything, maybe you're depressed. Nothing will trigger excitement if you are.

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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    It's something only you can find.

    You can find it by asking yourselves a few simple questions...

    Like "What do I enjoy doing"

    "When am I the most happiest"

    And even more importantly..

    "What do I hate doing"

    "When am I the least happy"
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Dude, you keep saying it.

    Your passion is the beach.

    That's what you love. That's what you want. What you need is a way to turn being at the beach into something that makes you money, without ruining the passion you have for it. You like photography? I bet you could take great pictures at the beach. You like writing? I bet you could write on your laptop at the beach. If all else fails, get a hot dog cart or something.

    Personally, my passion is solving hard problems and telling other people what to do. Seriously, it sounds like some sort of joke, but that's why I loved project management. I would sit around in meetings figuring out what needed to be done about some problem or other, then go tell other people to do it. I love that magical moment where all the stuff comes together and you see your team building something awesome, and then you drop it into production and watch the problem go away.

    I don't do that anymore. I haven't figured out how to do that effectively on my own yet. I'll get there. But along the way, I'm enjoying the ride.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      I agree - your work doesn't have to be your passion. It can be the vehicle that provides the time and money for you to spend time with the things and people you love.

      I like to write - but I don't love it. I don't mind building sites, etc - but it's not a passion for me.

      Privacy is a passion - helping/working with animals is a passion. Time to read, walk in the woods, sit at the beach thinking and watching the water - those things I love.

      IM lets me work less, earn more - and gives me time to do what I WANT to do much more than a regular job does. I can plan my schedule based on how I feel or the weather...there's freedom in that.

      There is a need to pay the bills, keep the mortgage current, keep the car full of gas and eat. The less time I spend working to provide those necessities - the more time I have for the things I truly enjoy.

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    • Profile picture of the author Steve L
      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      Dude, you keep saying it.

      Your passion is the beach.

      That's what you love. That's what you want. What you need is a way to turn being at the beach into something that makes you money, without ruining the passion you have for it...
      Very true. Money has a way of ruining your passion if you're not careful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mousumi
    Taken from LifeHack:

    How can you find what you’re passionate about? Here are some suggestions:

    Is there something you already love doing? Do you have a hobby, or something you loved doing as a child, but never considered it as a possibility? Whether it’s reading comic books, collecting something, making something, creating or building, there is probably a way you could do it for a living. Open a comic book shop, or create a comic book site online. If there’s already something you love doing, you’re ahead of the game. Now you just need to research the possibilities of making money from it.

    What do you spend hours reading about? For myself, when I get passionate about something, I’ll read about it for hours on end. I’ll buy books and magazines. I’ll spend days on the Internet finding out more. There may be a few possibilities here for you … and all of them are possible career paths. Don’t close your mind to these topics. Look into them.

    Brainstorm. Nothing comes to mind right away? Well, get out a sheet of paper, and start writing down ideas. Anything that comes to mind, write it down. Look around your house, on your computer, on your bookshelf, for inspirations, and just write them down. There are no bad ideas at this stage. Write everything down, and evaluate them later.

    Ask around, and surf for possibilities. Ask other people for ideas. See what others have discovered as their passions. Look all over the Internet for ideas. The more possibilities you find, the more likely your chances of finding your true passion.

    Don’t quit your job just yet. If you find your calling, your passion, don’t just turn in your resignation tomorrow. It’s best to stay in your job while you’re researching the possibilities. If you can do your passion as a side job, and build up the income for a few months or a year, that’s even better. It gives you a chance to build up some savings (and if you’re going into business for yourself, you’ll need that cash reserve), while practicing the skills you need. See below for more.

    Give it a try first. It’s best to actually test your new idea before jumping into it as a career. Do it as a hobby or side job at first, so that you can see if it’s really your true calling. You may be passionate about it for a few days, but where the rubber meets the road is whether you’re passionate about it for at least a few months. If you pass this test, you have probably found it.

    Do as much research as possible. Know as much about your passion as possible. If this has been a passion for awhile, you may have already been doing this. At any rate, do even more research. Read every website possible on the topic, and buy the best books available. Find other people, either in your area or on the Internet, who do what you want to do for a living, and quiz them about the profession. How much do they make? What training and education did they need? What skills are necessary? How did they get their start? What recommendations do they have. Often you’ll find that people are more than willing to give advice.

    Practice, and practice, and practice some more. Don’t go into it with amateur skill level. If you want to make money — to be a professional — you need to have professional skills. Get very good at your future career and you will make money at it. Practice for hours on end. If it’s something you love, the practice should be something you want to do.

    Never quit trying. Can’t find your passion at first? Give up after a few days and you’re sure to fail. Keep trying, for months on end if necessary, and you’ll find it eventually. Thought you found your passion but you got tired of it? No problem! Start over again and find a new passion. There may be more than one passion in your lifetime, so explore all the possibilities. Found your passion but haven’t been successful making a living at it? Don’t give up. Keep trying, and try again, until you succeed. Success doesn’t come easy, so giving up early is a sure way to fail. Keep trying, and you’ll get there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    I think, at least for me, passions change with age.

    When I was very young my passion was whatever I needed to do to get to spend as much time as possible with my grandfather. He was a cool old man that could tell the greatest stories.

    Along about 11 or 12 years old my passion turned to those , all of a sudden, sweet smelling little hillbilly girls at school.

    About 16 it turned to partying hard, way too hard, and my choice of women grew somewhat wilder in the process.

    At 19 I met my passion and it came in the form of a sweet little thing that gave me the choice of her or the hard lifestyle I thought I was enjoying. At 22 she gave me a true passion. A little girl that I was determined would have anything she ever wanted in life.

    I went full force into a full time real world business. At 30 years old I branched out into the online business world as a hobby to me but making an income many would consider full time in it's self. Another son and two nephews I have full custody of kept the fire to be all I could be in business and a dad burning.

    That little girl married her passion about 6 months ago. Her passion came in the form of a boy that has a passion for protecting his country. This led to her moving to Washington State two days ago. My passion for those two days has been acting tough for the family and not getting caught crying when no one is looking.

    My real world business has too many roots. It ties me down to the point of not being able to do what I want .. when I want. The money doesn't mean everything now .. freedom does.

    My new passion is to take everything I have learned in the last 14 years about online marketing and put it into a membership site. To be able to help people and give myself a business that allows freedom. A business that can be run at home or on the beach .... or maybe in Washington state for a few days every few months.
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      • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
        Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

        By the way...I like it better when you post like this CD...this is the you that I came to respect. Thank you.
        It's not like I'm different people.
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  • Profile picture of the author shane_k
    Dude, instead of focusing on building an IM business so you can have the money to do what you want to do, how about creating a photography business or a writing business and your IM skills would be complimentary to that and help you build that business.

    I am sure you can see the difference between the two.

    Also, when someone has larger goals, and a vision of what they want, and is working hard, but still feels like they aren't getting anywhere and are spinning their wheels, it's usually because there is a disconnect between what they want, their higher vision and goals, and what they are currently doing.

    What I would recommend is for you to check out a book called "Making it Work" by David Allen.

    It is mainly about Productivity and Getting Things Done.

    But in Making it all work, he talks about what he calls the Perspective Levels. And what he does is walks you through each of these levels helping you make sure that the small, everyday actions and projects that you are doing, are inline with your short term goals, which are in line with your larger goals, and those are all inline with your principles and vision of how you want your life to be.

    I practice what he teaches in his books and when I start feeling the same thing that you are, it's easy to find which area I need to work on, or even just reflect on, to help bring clarity back into why I am doing what I do.

    I don't know if what I wrote sounds new agey? but if you check out the book it's definately not new-agey at all.

    In fact his first book "Getting Things Done" is all about productivity and so is the second. But the second links how you get things done and being productive with your larger longer term goals and visions.

    I think it will really help you out, so check it out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

    Outside of the dream of living at the beach, there's nothing out there that really drives me. What advice can you offer to me that may be able to help me take the next step in life?
    If you could have any beautiful woman in the world... and you was living in Beverly Hills... this wouldn't motivate you? Imagine if you had a girl like Sofia Vergara... she wouldn't motivate you to wake up happy everyday?

    Lol i dont know about you, but if i had a girl and a rich community like that... i'd be waking up everyday happy just to see my girl and my position in life.

    ...my opinion anyway.
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      If you could have any beautiful woman in the world... and you was living in Beverly Hills... this wouldn't motivate you? Imagine if you had a girl like Sofia Vergara... she wouldn't motivate you to wake up happy everyday?

      Lol i dont know about you, but if i had a girl and a rich community like that... i'd be waking up everyday happy just to see my girl and my position in life.

      ...my opinion anyway.
      Are you telling him to forget about living by the beach, instead he should be finding a supermodel girlfriend and a million dollar mansion in Beverly Hills?
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      • Profile picture of the author fin
        Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

        I'm sick of waking up in the morning, going through a day, and feeling like my life made no difference to anyone at all, including myself.
        I know this won't help much since you haven't found your passion, but it will definitely apply if you find one.

        I like to live my niche. So I don't just write about it, I actually practice it every day. But not just that. I actually test and experiment with stuff. Read different things and find ways to cross the eco-chamber and take it into my nice. So yeah, basically just live it.

        If you can find something you love to do that much, plus bring new things to the table to help people that no-one else has, you will definitely wake up happy every morning.

        You just need to find it.

        I'd personally recommend a hobby you can learn to love that's not too mainstream. So you can still make a big mark rather quickly. I'd start looking at new hobbies and learn to love it.
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      • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
        Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

        I'm more of a Kirstin Dunst / Amanda Seyfriend kinda guy.
        I'm kind of obsessive.


        Laina Laina Laina. All Laina, all the time. (sigh) I need help
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      • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
        Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

        To each his own Randall...I think she's ugly as ****.

        I'm more of a Kirstin Dunst / Amanda Seyfriend kinda guy.

        -- j
        Lol good one. I got a girl and all but... Sofia is just sooo fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author fitnesslover1
    Keep experiencing new things and you'll eventually find something you're passionate about.
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    • Profile picture of the author RobertoM
      When I finally get to find a real and reliable way to make money online, it will automatically become to be my main passion.
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  • Profile picture of the author fearlesspioneer
    I think the process of finding passion is very natural. The environment and your experiences tells you what you want to do. If I were in Syria right now, all my passion would be moving to another country. If someone lived very poor life in the past, all his passion would be making as much money as possible. No matter what kind of job.
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  • Profile picture of the author bonesaj
    Im really new to all this but I believe most people can get passionate about helping others, maybe you could focus on offering people a ton of value without expecting anything in return, in the long run this will probably make you a lot of money too
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  • Profile picture of the author Aira Bongco
    For me, passion is a lot of things.

    1. It is something that you're excited to do when you wake up in the morning
    2. It is something that pushes you to keep on moving even if your body is tired
    3. It is something that taps your unique talents or abilities
    4. It is something that contributes to the world
    5. It satisfies more than your ego or your want to have more but it gives you a deeper sense of purpose
    6. It gives you joy in the process and not the results - doing the process makes you happy and contented and alive.

    I know my definition of passion is somewhat different from other people. I have been in this business for way too long that to chase after happiness in making money is no longer appealing to me. For me, money is just a tool but what matters is how you create your product, how you exercise your creativity and how you use your talent to contribute to the world. That is the only thing that can make you happy. Well, that's what made me happy.

    Good luck on that search.

    Aira
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  • Profile picture of the author sabinavarga
    Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post


    How do I find my passion?

    -- j
    Finding your passion might be overrated.

    Do Like Steve Jobs Did: Don't Follow Your Passion | Fast Company
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  • Profile picture of the author MyNiches
    I'm not sure if I find my passions, or if they find me...

    Keeping yourself open to new things goes a long way.
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    I'm passionate on blogging
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    My passion is making movies (my site in sig) and entertaining people.

    I took it up as a hobby after high school and had no aspirations to make a living from it at first. However, a few important influences in my life were able to convince me to start pushing towards making it my goal rather than slaving away in a cubicle, making someone else rich.

    I make my full time living off IM now, but I'm only making enough to *not* work a full time job. I'm already scaling things up and once I start making more money, I plan to get a full time studio and crew.

    Sometimes it takes a while to find your passion. Making movies was only a hobby I started when I was 17 and decided to make it my full time goal at 26. I'm 31 now and couldn't be happier.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    I think one finds what they are passionate about by trying and reading about/researching A LOT of different things and then just keeping track of what resonates and what one FEELS passionate about.
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  • Profile picture of the author ijohnson
    I think you find your passion by doing! It may start as something you do to just pass the time. However, if you find great comfort and inspiration in it, it could become a passion that could generate a lot of income.

    I have a lot of passions ... interior design, crocheting, gardening, researching, shopping, etc. I enjoy reading and writing. For many years I considered them to be passions but have come to find them to be less enjoyable in recent years.

    I guess passions come and go ... like love!

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