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Don’t Go Looking For Your Passion. It’s Overrated

Don’t go looking for your passion. It’s overrated

Do you feel like there is something missing in your life? Yes. You may be working in a great company and getting a fat paycheck.  Or you are stuck in a small company which doesn’t pay you enough and you have to work late. Some of you may be stuck in medical school following your “parents” dreams!

But don’t you wonder on a random Sunday morning, waking up late; trying to figure out what to do with your life? If that’s you, you’re not alone.

Passion is overrated

Popular advice on “finding your passion” does not help us. Most advice suggests that we are supposed to find what we are passionate about and continuously do it! But what if you are passionate about watching murder movies? I know I’m passionate about movies with weird story-lines. So does that mean I should watch suspense movies till I die? I wish!

People tend to idolize what “passion” really means. According to Google, passion is a “strong and barely controllable emotion.” It’s just a word that sometimes we use to excuse ourselves for not doing the work that matters. Ryan Holiday believes that (author of Ego is the enemy) “purpose is always better than passion.” Here’s an example. If you are stuck between deciding to watch suspense movies for the rest of your life or start your own business, think of the “purpose” first. What will get you where you want to go? What if you’re passionate about something really weird which you can’t even mention out loud. After all, passion is a strong barely controllable feeling. Do things with a purpose. The passion itself is not enough.

Stop looking inside! Passion is on the outside

Some believe that passion is something you have to figure out by looking inside yourself. They go on searching their “souls” thinking that one day they will realize their passion out of thin air! Well, I’ll be bluntly honest here. If you’re still searching for your passion inside, stop right now. It will not happen.

You don’t just look inside and find your passion. You have to work on different projects to identify your true calling. If you are stuck in a job you hate, get the hell out! Start doing something else. If that does not work, try something else. Put yourself out there and start experimenting. See where it takes you. Stop complaining about your life and do something different. That’s how you really find yourself.

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Are you passionate about 101 things? Warren Buffet has an answer

For some of us, we are passionate about many things. Currently, I’m passionate about becoming an entrepreneur, reading, playing blues guitar, getting a body like Adam Caldera (not there yet!), starting a travel website, becoming a public speaker, becoming a writer and the list goes on. Sometimes having many things you’re passionate about can really drive you nuts!

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Ladies, watch out!

So how should I figure out what to do when I have hundred and one things on my mind? This is where we need to look into the wise advice of Warren Buffet. If you are having a hard time trying to choose what to do next, follow these 3 steps.

  • Step 1 – Write down the most important 25 things you want to accomplish. It can be your day-to-day activities or long-term goals. The key is to write everything and create a list.
  • Step 2 – Now circle the 5 most important goals in the list. It doesn’t mean that you’re not going to achieve the rest. For now, figure out the 5 most important things you need to achieve.
  • Step 3 – Don’t look back on the list until you finish your 5 important tasks. Only when you’re done, you can move on to the other 20. Life is short. So work on the 5 things you’re really passionate about. We will never have enough time for the rest.

I hope this post really helps you to figure out what to do with your life. If you think that I know exactly what to do with my life, you’re wrong. I’m still on the journey of discovering what my true calling is. This website is one of them. If this doesn’t work, I’ll try something else. The important thing is to experiment with different ideas.

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Nishan De Silva

Nishan is the founder of Jump.lk. He is a life enthusiast who loves reading and eating. His ambition is to travel 100 countries before dying (even though he hasn't been out of the country yet!)

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