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If You Cannot Find Your Passion, Create One

By Jeffrey Baumgartner

I know a lot of people who are seeking their passions in order to build new careers around those passions. Some of these people have been looking for a long time. Presumably, in the abstract world, there are many passions waiting to be found, loved and possessed, rather like cats and dogs in an animal shelter.

Sometimes, a person needs to acknowledge that she cannot find a passion; very likely she is interested in all kinds of things and finds it hard to get excited by any particular thing. Sometimes, it is best not to make a career out of one's passion. I studied art in university and I loved it. I loved it so much, in fact, that the idea of going into commercial art appalled me. I certainly did not want ding-a-lings telling me what to create and how to create it! So, I focused on the English language as a profession, initially teaching it and later writing. I was less passionate about English than art and so was able to tolerate being told how to teach it, what to write and how to write it (especially by editors).

Create a Passion

If you cannot find your passion or do not want to make a profession of it, you may need to create a passion. You do that simply by finding a subject that interests you, is relevant and about which you are willing to learn a lot. As you learn more about the subject and gain expertise you will find that you are able to become passionate about the subject.

Of course, that still leaves you with the challenge of finding the subject. But now you are no longer looking for something that you feel passionate about immediately, but rather something that you can grow to love and promote.

Where to Start?

Where to start? Look at business trends, especially the newer, vague ones. Can you get excited about one of those?

Do you find that friends often ask your advice? If so, what do they ask about? If not, what do you feel they should be asking you about?

What kind of articles or blog posts tend do you most like to read?

What subjects have surprised you recently?

Think about problems that you are are good at solving. What kinds of problems are they?

Gain Knowledge

Once you have found something that interests you, start reading up on it. Ask friends, associates and friendly strangers in bars about it. You do not need to be passionate about the topic yet. You are in early learning mode. If you find you are growing more interested in the topic, that's great! Keep reading. Sign up forGoogle news alerts on key words associated with the topic. If you are losing interest, try something else.

Start blogging on the topic. You need to stake your claim publicly that you are an expert (well, an expert in training) on the topic. A blog will not only demonstrate your stake, but it should connect you with others having an interest in the field.

By this time, you should be starting to get excited about the topic. If not, fake it. It will come. Meanwhile, if you fake enthusiasm, you will get others excited about it and their excitement will come back to you.

Making Something of Your Passion

From there, you need to work out how to build a business around your new found passion. Will you be a coach or trainer? Will you write a blog that generates advertising revenue? Will you create and sell a product around your interest? Ideally, you will find a combination of these activities that will generate an income.

That last step is the biggest. It is one thing to read, research and blog. It is quite another to dive into a topic and build a business around it. But, if you've already built a passion around it, building the business should be fun!

So, if you've been seeking your passion without success, stop looking and start creating a passion instead.


This Article was first published on creativejeffrey.com.



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