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How to Find Your Passion: 17 Secrets to Seek it in Simple Things

Your passion gives you a sense of purpose and direction in life. Otherwise, you’d often feel lost. So here are some ways for how to find your passion.

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There’s an old saying: if you do what you love, then it isn’t work. Though entirely true, we feel like our society gets this mixed up with being rich and successful. Perhaps this is why you haven’t bothered learning how to find your passion.

This could very well be the reason why you’re not doing something you’re passionate about or why you haven’t found your passion. Understanding how to find your passion when you’re busy trying to make money to buy the new Gucci bag or $200 tickets to the Taylor Swift concert is impossible.

This is where our true passions become erased or blurred with what other people think we need or should be doing.

Without a sense of passion, you’ll constantly wander through life confused and lost. Your passion is what fuels your soul and makes you feel alive. Granted that we can have several passions in life, but it’s important you find a passion that feels like your true calling. When you find your passion, it’ll be easier to live a happy and fulfilled life. [Read: What should I do with my life to make it better?]

Why you need to find your passion

It’s essential to find your passion because if you don’t, there isn’t something that reminds you what being alive is all about. Your passion is what drives you to wake up in the morning and helps you decide what path to take.

Most importantly, when you’re feeling exhausted, hopeless, and burned out from everyday life, your passion keeps you going. It sparks and ignites the fire within you that you didn’t know you had or you forgot you had.

Whether it’s helping people, writing, making music, or even something as mundane as listening to people, your passion reflects and defines a significant part of yourself.

Also, if you chase it hard enough and if it was meant to be your path, your passion could also be your chosen career. How amazing is that – to be able to succeed in something you love doing? [Read: What are you passionate about? How to find and own your desires]

How to find your passion

Now, if you don’t think you have something you’re passionate about, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. So, sometimes finding your passion isn’t something that you need to search for; sometimes, it just happens. It could be hard, or it could be easy. But in the end, it all becomes worth it.

1. Don’t put so much attention into finding your passion

This is a huge point that you need to keep in mind when it comes to knowing how to find your passion. If you’re constantly thinking and hunting for it, you won’t find it. The more you try to force yourself to find your passion, the harder it is to find it.

You know those success stories where people just unexpectedly find their passions? That’s true. It’s like when you try to find your car keys—the minute you stop looking, you find it. Do be conscious of the activities you’re doing and how they make you feel, but don’t go on a wild goose hunt. [Read: How to break through the rut of what am I doing with my life]

2. Your passion may not be as grandiose as you think

The problem for many people is that they feel a passion must be something incredibly profound. For example, having a passion for sailing or a passion for playing the drums.

Now, those ARE passions, but your passion could be knitting or walking dogs. It doesn’t have to be grandiose. Your passion doesn’t have to be something that’s almost unattainable, or grand and majestic, you know? It can be mundane, and it could still be something that gives you immense pleasure! [Read: How to enjoy life and make it memorable]

3. Look at the small things

You probably already show signs of things you like to do. However, you’re just not looking at them. Your passion, like we said before, doesn’t necessarily have to be this huge life-altering activity. Maybe you’ve already found your passion, yet you haven’t realized it.

If you take a closer look, maybe your passion has always been there all along. For instance, maybe you’ve always loved reading books and you never saw it, but writing is your passion. Or, something connected with words. Sometimes, all you need is a closer observation of the things you enjoy doing when you’re free. [Read: How to find happiness within yourself and manifest a better tomorrow]

4. Expect to be fearful of your passion

This is what almost everyone goes through when they follow their passion. Will others accept their passion, and will they be able to get the support they need? So, if you already have something in mind but you’re scared to follow through, that’s completely fine.

The only thing to do is push through it. Stop being afraid of how others will see it because, at the end of the day, this is YOUR passion – nobody else’s.

Also, don’t pressure yourself to be perfect at your passion. Whoever said that perfection was a standard with your passion anyway? As long as you enjoy doing it, you’re on the right track!

5. Try out different activities

Now, if you think you haven’t found your passion, perhaps you need to go out and try new things. Take up some activities that you typically wouldn’t do and see how you like them. This also gives you a chance to develop yourself and broaden your skillset.

If you haven’t tried a bunch of things, how will you know if you like it or not? So expand your horizons and try something new.

If you’ve never danced before, take a dance class. If you want to know how plates are made, take a pottery class. Or paint, or carve something, or knit something. Do anything!

Try everything out, and if you still don’t find anything that interests you out of those activities, well, at least you gave it a try. [Read: What do you do for fun? Life begins at the end of this question]

6. How do you feel?

But really, when you take a dance class or ride your bike, how does it make you feel? Are you excited to go to dance class? Or do you struggle even to make it through the class? How will you know where your passions are if you don’t check in with yourself?

Become self-aware while you participate in different activities.

It takes a lot of observation and self-awareness if you want to learn how to find your passion. So check in with yourself every now and then and see how you feel. If a particular activity makes you feel alive more than others, that might just be the direction you need to follow.

7. Go back to your childhood

Believe it or not, most of our passions stem from our childhood. So, try to go back into your memory and think about what you loved to do as a child. Ask your parents as well. What type of child were you? Usually, how we were at seven or eight is our most authentic self.

So, go into your memory bank and think about what you loved to do as a child. Did you love to dance? Stare at the stars? Build things? Were you into video games or cooking? Maybe something connected to the arts? Go back to your childhood and see what you were extremely fond of doing, and take it from there. [Read: How to get a life – 20 things you must do again to feel truly alive]

8. Follow your curiosity

In following and finding your passion, curiosity will not kill the cat. So don’t be afraid of getting curious and inquisitive with life! Sure, you have no idea where your passions lie, but if you’re curious about something, you should sniff it out. Unless it’s drugs—don’t sniff.

Your curiosity could be pointing you in the right direction. Curiosity means you’re interested in something. Now, it doesn’t mean you’ll find your passion, but if you’re curious, pursue it because there’s something of interest there.

If you’ve always been curious about, say, writing music, why not give it a try and explore it a bit? We’re sure that even Taylor Swift didn’t know she’d be a successful songwriter and artist from day one! [Read: The meaning of YOLO – 15 ways to live your life to the fullest]

9. Don’t think about money

The trickiest part about learning how to find your passion is the balance between practicality and passion. The dream is to work doing what you love, but that can’t be your focus right from the beginning. Otherwise, you will lose your way. If you look for your passion because you want to make a lot of money, stop.

Money shouldn’t be the biggest motive when you think about what your passion is. Making money will naturally happen further down the road. But for now, remove that thought from your mind and don’t go into it thinking about dollar bills *as tempting as it can be*.

10. Is there a theme in your life?

Look at what you do in your spare time. What surrounds you? This means you need to look around you, or even at your bookshelf, and try to see if there’s a theme that you gravitate towards. This theme helps you discover what you’re interested in. Obviously, if the only thing on your bookshelf is photography books—that’s a decent hint.

Similar to observing your childhood, you need to observe the reoccurring theme in your life. Maybe you’ve always been a creative and artsy person, but you just never noticed it until now.

11. Where do you want your passion to take you?

For some people, their passions are in their hobbies. However, for others, they try to make their passion their livelihood. Neither is wrong; it just depends on your lifestyle and how you enjoy spending your time. Most people dream of turning their passions into their careers, and that’s great if this is you.

Some people don’t try to mix their professional life with their passion because they fear losing their passion altogether. Both are valid aspects, but you just need to find which one suits you best. [Read: How to make yourself happy – 20 habits of incredibly happy people]

12. Don’t give up

If you’re serious about wanting to learn how to find your passion, you can’t give up. It can seem confusing and tiring at times but don’t quit – only rest and take a break when needed. Finding your passion doesn’t have a set due date. It could take months, years until you find what you’re passionate about.

So, this is why you shouldn’t place any pressure on it. Take your time and really enjoy the discovery process of how to find your passion. And most importantly, remember that it finds you and not the other way around. [Read: Secrets to decode the point of life]

13. Is there something you already love doing?

At some point, you will have to be realistic and decide if your passion is something that can help you with your livelihood.

Do you have a favorite childhood pastime that you never explored as a career option? It’s possible to make a job from your hobby, whether reading comic books, collecting something, or producing or constructing anything. Open a comic book store or set up a funny comic book website.

If you already have a hobby or pastime that you like, you’re already ahead of the game. Now you only need to look into generating money from it. See? You don’t have to think of money at first, but as you realize you really enjoy doing something, you can always think of ways to convert the time you spend on your passion into monetary gains as well!

14. Find out what you spend hours reading about

There’s no dearth of information on the web these days. And that’s a great starting point! What do you enjoy reading about when you have nothing better to do?

When you’re really interested in something, you read about it for hours and hours and hours. Some stock up on books and periodicals. Some spend days researching online to learn more.

Several options are available to you here, and they’re all viable career choices. Make sure you don’t shut your mind to these ideas. Look into them until you are satisfied, and this will help you get started as you learn how to find your passion. [Read: What are you passionate about? How to find and own your desires]

15. Ask around

There are sure to be individuals you look up to and traits you want to embody in your own personality. If you can, meet your role models and ask them questions. You may learn about their journey and whether or not they’ve found their calling.

In the long run, the more options you have, the more likely you are to discover how to find your passion. Your leisure time may include conversations with friends, relatives, colleagues, or even strangers.

16. Don’t quit your job just yet

Do not quit tomorrow if you discover your calling or your true passion. The wisest course of action is to stay in your current position while you explore all of your options.

The best-case scenario is that you may indulge in your passion as part-time work and gradually build up your revenue over many months or a year. While you’re saving money, you’ll also be able to practice the skills you’ll need to succeed in business. [Read: Are you feeling lost in life? Use these 6 lessons to find your way]

17. Practice, practice, and practice some more

When you finally do find your passion and pursue it, don’t give up on it. If you want to turn your passion into your life’s calling, you need to understand it and master it. And for that, you need to practice it every day.

Some day, this passion of yours could turn into something that defines you and provides for you. And then, finally, you’ll be able to do what you love every single day, and it will never feel like work!

[Read: How to get to know yourself and reveal your life’s true passions]

So, how to find your passion?

You can find your passion by trying new things and observing more carefully the things you already love doing.

Also, don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself in finding your passion right away, as you’ll never find what you love doing if that’s the case. Trust the process, and you’ll eventually find it.

Knowing how to find your passion may not turn out to be the easiest discovery for you. But the road to finding it will all be worth it in the end. 

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Vinod Srinivas Serai
Vin Serai
Vin Serai is the founder of LovePanky.com, and has delved deep into the working of love and relationships for almost two decades. Having dipped his feet in almo...