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DISCOVERING WHAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE AT Featured

A common theme in most writing on goal setting is the need to follow your passions. Do the things that make you want to get up early in the morning. There's only one thing missing: What if you don't have any passions?

I'm sure everyone on this planet has interests. But that's not the same thing. Enjoying playing video games isn't the same as spending thousands of hours designing your own.  Your passion has to be something you would work exceptionally hard for. So what do you do, if there is nothing you feel that engaged about?

A lot of career guidance involves measuring your current skills and personality, and then deciding what you would be most suited for. I don't like this approach because people are complex. And any test will ultimately be a gross simplification of what's important to you and what you like to do.

I once heard a story about a wealthy man who was looking for a wife. He invested over Sh.20,000 on a series of psychological surveys to match her with potential candidates. He met individually with the dozen candidates that were his best match. After all that money and effort, he decided he didn't like any of them.

Six months later, he was engaged to someone he had met randomly at a bar. Moral: people don't know what they want until they see it. The truth is, I don't think any questionnaire can tell you what you're going to be really engaged about. I'd rather experiment with dozens of wildly different activities, than limit my scope, just because a test said I wouldn't like it.

How to Find Your Passions

The better approach to finding your passions is actually fairly simple:

.   Try a lot of different things

.   See what you enjoy

The biggest obstacle to overcome is a narrow vision of what you can do. If I wasn't passionately interested in anything, I'd try to cast a wide net to look at dozens of different activities. Staying safe and familiar is the reason I'm bored, so now is the time to experiment.

Dabbling is key to the art of finding what drives you. Dabbling means committing to something for 3-6 months. This amount of time isn't enough to become really good at anything.  But it is enough time to get over the sharp learning curve in the beginning.I didn't enjoy marketing for the first few months I worked on it. I didn't know enough, and it was too frustrating to continue. But once I got over the frustration barrier, I found that marketing was an activity I really enjoy.If you don't have any project that makes you want to wake up early and sacrifice leisure for, you should start dabbling. Find new activities completely outside your comfort zone you can do for a few hours a week, and commit for at least two months.

Sometimes the problem with a passion isn't the activity, but the goal. I enjoyed working on small self-made projects. But it wasn't until I saw that people actually made self-run businesses out of those efforts that I became really engaged. Until that point, my goal was just to dabble in something fun. After that point, I realized there was room for a challenging goal I hadn't considered before.

Equally important to dabbling in activities is to dabble in experiences. Meet people from different backgrounds.  Read books that don't normally appear on your shelf. Randomness increases the chance that one of your interests will be sparked into something more.

Dabbling is a continuous process. Committing yourself to one goal is good. But that should still leave time for brief experiments.  If you're always dabbling, you have a large base of passions you can do interesting work from. Don't tolerate boredom.

 

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