The pursuit of passion. Loving what you do, and doing what you love. I recently finished a great book that may lead you to the path of finding your passion. The book is The ONE Thing (@the1thingbook) by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. This book inspired me to try to focus on what my purpose is. My passion. What drives me and brings out the best in me.
The luckiest of people are those that get the opportunity to convert their passion into a career. It is not easy to “find” your passion. I often feel that it may be that our passion finds us. And the one trait that will help you to be ‘discovered by your passion’ is self-awareness. Once your passion finds you, turning it into something useful and productive can be difficult given the plethora of life’s distractions. There’s just no time to focus and “priorities” get in the way of our passion. I do not intend to imply that one must earn a living from their passion; this is quite difficult to accomplish. However, pursuing your passion can help to enhance your life and your career if you feed it and nourish it and follow it. Often times, the thing that you do best comes so naturally that even when you are at work, and really working hard, it does not feel like work.
“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passion in a way that serves the world and you.”
~Sir Richard Branson
With some deep reflection and while reading a few more books and articles to help my mind discover myself, I have come to realize that writing is a great passion of mine. Writing and spending the time preparing to be a better writer helps me nourish some of my other passions in life. Learning is also something that I aspire to do every single day – learning from colleagues, learning from my mistakes, and learning novel information from books and articles that drives me to be a better person. Learning and reading incessantly helps me to feed my passion of writing. And these also feed into another concept that I am obsessive about – improvement. I am constantly looking for ways to improve – processes, designs, safety, and myself. These proclivities are interconnected and though it seems simple as I write this, it took some contemplation to discover this. Now, I constantly look for how these compulsions fit into my career and into my life. And it is not just the end game of finding your one passion; the beauty of this is that there lies a path with many complementary ‘passions’ that lead you to your ONE THING.
By the way, I set a goal to read more books than I have in the past. Shooting for 40 this year. That’s almost one book every week, or so. I can do it. I will make the time to do it. If you have any recommendations, my favorite topics are leadership, communications and emotional intelligence.
Thank you again for reading and for sharing. Have a great day and do great things…and open your mind and your heart so that your passion will find you!