“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”
We can all find something we are passionate about in life. And hopefully we have many things we are passionate about. The key is to figure out what they are. Some we come to recognize quickly, but others we won’t recognize until we are willing to try a few things.
An example of a passion that comes easy for many is a passion for food. A funny thing happened the other day which evidenced my son’s passion for food:
I received a text the other day from my son who is attending college and enjoying his time getting to know the ladies and dating for the purpose of hoping to one day find his future wife. The text contained a quote he felt was awesome advice for how to choose the girl to marry. The quote said, “Marry the one who gives you the same feeling you get when you see food coming at a restaurant.” (Clearly a man wrote that quote…). I chuckled when I read it and forwarded it to a few friends I thought would get a chuckle from it too. I received a reply to the group text from one of the men who replied to the group, “That’s not a fair comparison, no offense to any of our spouses but no human can replicate that feeling!” Clearly both my son and the other man have a great passion for food and I doubt it was difficult for them to identify that passion 🙂
Other times finding your passion isn’t quite as obvious. For example when I started my career I had a passion for leadership, but I would never have guessed that I would end up having a passion for designing software systems. Had I not been faced with a situation where I was looking for a software system to handle certain things in a medical office and couldn’t find one that did the things I wanted I would likely have never sat down with my first piece of graph paper and started drawing the screens for a software system I would end up developing through my own company. I discovered that passion by attempting something new, and finding that as I drew on paper the ideal system and then oversaw it actually come to life as a software program it was exhilarating. It didn’t feel like work at all because I had a passion for doing it.
Don’t be discouraged if you find yourself feeling like there is nothing your passionate about – if you feel that way it means you just have tried enough new things. Get out there and try things – even things you would never expect to be passionate about. You may find yourself surprised the same way I was. But you will never find it unless you get out there and do things….so get moving!
Have a great weekend everyone!