If you evaluate your life right now, can you say that you are living it to the fullest? If the answer is no, then it might be because you don’t know how to find your passion. This is one of the reasons why most people are not able to maximize their full potential. I also went through the same struggle, and it actually took me years before I acted on it. Let me share with you what I learned on recognizing and pursuing my own passion.
How to Find Your Passion and Stick With It
Surround yourself with passionate people
Finding a passion in life is a challenge, but you have to do it. If you are struggling with this, you’re around people who are not passionate and who don’t believe.
One of the things that inspired me to become an entrepreneur was my dad. I remember observing him one time as a kid. It was just after he went through a tough time in his business, and he was in the process of rebuilding it. We lived in a small apartment, and I sat around the table with him while he did the numbers for his business. As he wrote down the target he wanted to reach (this was about 20 years ago), I remember seeing the determination in his eyes. I never forgot the look of inspiration and excitement he had at that time.
When I saw my dad’s passion for entrepreneurship, I realized that it was also a game I could play. Because of how my father inspired me, I thought I should also be a business person. And I went into the finance sector to try to fulfill this. My dad was a businessman, and so was my grandfather. But underneath it all, I knew that my real passion has always been speaking and performing.
Be honest with yourself
I couldn’t think of a nobler career than coaching and teaching others. – Ted McGrath pic.twitter.com/3jDwhg0WQj
— Ted McGrath (@ted_mcgrath) August 10, 2017
Even though I knew that I wanted to be a speaker and performer, I didn’t get into it right away. Instead, I had my first job in the insurance industry where I was able to solidify my foundation for the career I wanted.
You may be doing something now that is different from what you were meant to do. What I’ll tell you is this: be honest with yourself. Some people already know what they want in life, but they are not true to themselves. You need to look for what makes you happy in your life. See what inspires you and go after it, because for me, that is passion.
I am only three and a half years into my acting career, and literally a beginner, but it has always been one of the things I wanted to do. I have known this for years, and now I am acknowledging it by fulfilling it.
Another thing to keep in mind is this: stop worrying about what people around you think. You will be surrounded with people who live mediocre lives. Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re mediocre people. Their current environment doesn’t dictate who they are. They, like you, might not have found yet what their passion is.
But you should not allow them to dictate your life. You need to make your own decisions and stick to what you want for your life. Focus on your own passion, aspirations, and plans. Take from others only what will be helpful to you.
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Unfortunately, some people will try to drag you down. This isn’t me being a naysayer—it is the truth. Sometimes those whom you least expect will turn out to be the ones who are seeking to pull you down. They might say they’re supporting you, but in fact, they are sticking a knife in your back. Some of them might not be bad people, but unknowingly, they can demoralize others. So you have to be alert for people like that.
Be attentive on who influences you
I don’t recommend everyone visit rock bottom, but if you have, maybe it’s time to learn from it and teach others. pic.twitter.com/Me5Z6LA6JZ
— Ted McGrath (@ted_mcgrath) August 1, 2017
One of the things I do to discern people is to watch how they act. More than listening to what they say, I look underneath the surface and read between the lines. If I see that they are not passionate and they don’t have dreams, I wouldn’t want to be around them all the time.
It’s not that I will cut my ties with those kinds of people, though. I just really want to make sure that I am surrounded with the right people because ultimately, they are the ones who can influence me.
If you want to stick to pursuing your passion and ambitions, mind the people whom you closely associate. As much as possible, keep the ones who will have a positive influence on you. If you always rub elbows with people who are miserable and uninspired, chances are, you might emulate their attitude. Note, this will keep you from going after your passion.
Personally, I have lots of amazing people both in my personal and business lives. Having inspired, motivated people in your circle is essential for you to find your purpose in life. Because these people will set the example of living their passion, and they will encourage you to do the same.
If you are struggling on how to find your passion, remember that you are not alone. You can overcome this by getting to know yourself in a deeper sense, and surrounding yourself with motivated people. And if you already know what you want to do in life, then by all means, go after it. Never let anyone stop you from doing what gives you real joy.
What hinders you from going after your aspirations? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.