Monday, 6 February 2012

6 Questions To Help You Find Your Passion

Often, I speak to people that know that they want to be in business for themselves but don't know what kind of business to get into. They often feel lost and like they are "missing the boat" as they search for a business that will make them happy. I tell them that I think they are wise for wanting to make sure they find a business that suits them rather than just jump on the first opportunity that shows its face. Pouring all of your time and effort into a business that does not somehow feed your passion will usually lead to a rough time. 

So the questions is, if your passion isn't staring you in the face, how do you discover it? One of the workshops I lead (Finding Your Passion and Making it your Business) explores that very question and helps participants find their passion. It is done by working through a series of questions and activities that really help a person to look within and find what truly drives and excites them. Here are a few sample questions from that workshop that can be a good starting point if you are trying to discover your passion.

What are 3 experiences you have had that made you feel "alive".

What was your dream job as a child? What did your parents do? How did you feel about their jobs?

If you had to pretend you knew your passion right now, what would you do or say about it? (I know this one is tough, spend some time on it.)

If you could subscribe right now to 3 magazines, which ones would they be?

If you could travel back in time and visit yourself when you were 16, what one message would you want to communicate?

If you could take over any person's life (the good and the bad), whose would it be and why?

This is just a small sampling of the exploration done in that workshop, but it may be just enough to get you pointed in the right direction. 

Look through your answers. try to find a common thread running through them. The answer may be just below the surface. In essence, discovering your passion is all about self awareness. Know how you feel at key moments, explore why you feel that way. Your passions are hidden just below the surface.

You may be very intelligent, hard working and have oodles of business savvy; but without a passion for what you do, you will never experience true fulfillment. 

Find your passion and run with it. 

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