School is finally over, done, freedom! The world with its unlimited possibilities is waiting for you. Time to do what you always wanted to do - follow your passion!
But wait…I don’t have a passion - shit! Everybody is always talking about following your passion, do what you love until the rest of your days. Only I don’t know what my passion is!!!
Sounds familiar? One of the most preached topics in all self-development books talks about following your passion in life. Steve Jobs spoke about it in his famous Stanford Commencement Speech. Type “how to find your passion” into Google and you will find over 29 million results!
So many successful entrepreneurs and CEO’s all tell the same story about finding your passion and doing what you love. So why is it so damn difficult to find? And what’s wrong with you anyways since you haven’t found it yet? The answer - there is nothing wrong with you and it takes a step by step approach.
When I think back to all the things I did before starting this website and helping people discover their fullest potential, I have to laugh.
Here are some of the things I did in my life:
- Waiter in my parent’s restaurant for 7 years
- Worked in sales for a fashion label
- Maintained and transported luxury cars throughout Germany (I drove a Lamborghini - my knees are still shivering!)
- Maintained the garden at home (I hated it)
- Interned for local radio station
- Created my own parties
- Event management
- Promoted random crappy flyers (this was actually fun)
- Had my own business on the Xmas market selling Himalayan Sea Salt in minus 15 degrees Celsius (America, please jump on the metric train, thx)
- Online marketing for sports betting sites
- and many more things
Was any of these my one true passion? No, not even close. In fact, I only started getting a big hint when I failed really hard in life and went through a serious depression. It was then when I listened to audio tapes by motivational speakers and devoured all their books that I noticed something. I thought to myself “I can do this too, I can talk to people and help them lift up their spirits because I had experienced all of this first-hand”. One of the first things I did was to look for speaking clubs. I found the biggest club in the world: Toastmasters. This was the beginning of my passion.
When I think back to all the different jobs, there is one thing that separates me from many people and I don’t say this to brag. Whatever I did, I did it with all my heart. Mainly because I always wanted to be the best and my ego couldn’t deal with less but I was also very curious to see how far I could push myself. Many of the things ended up being a dead end but I was always able to learn something. Whenever you give your very best, doors will start to open, opportunities will start to appear and you will see things in a very different light. Why? Because the people you work with will see your effort and (in most cases) take you to a new level. You may discover then and there that this is not for you but at least you came to that realization after having given it your best.
You are not born with a passion and it is certainly not delivered on a silver platter. How cool would it be if you could just call the ministry of passion?
"Yeah, Hi this is Mario. Can you tell me my passion? Sure, your passion is designing toilet paper. Oh, thx. You're welcome, bye"
So how do you find your passion? Here are my 3 simple steps to follow.
1. Don’t freak out!
Calm down, relax, drink some hot tea but don’t stress out because you haven’t found your passion yet. If someone has found their passion and they are all hyped about, great, good for them but this has NOTHING to do with you. If you are constantly stressing about not having found your passion, you are setting up a big, fat roadblock. Whenever you catch yourself doing that, affirm that you will get there in your own time. This is a learning process and the journey (as always) is more important than the goal.
2. Bring passion to the task
Whatever you do in life, give it your very best. Be the first one in the office and the last one to leave. Do more work than what you have been paid for. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you are all in without complaining every minute. Once you mastered a craft you will start to see results and that is fun. We all like fun things and out of fun things passion can arise.
3. Take risks
How can you ever test your limits without taking a risk? Your limitations only exist in your comfort zone and so does the not existing passion. Sometimes we just have to take that leap and trust that it will all be ok. Your challenges will expand your capabilities and that feels f***ing great!!
Still not feeling it? Let me know in the comments and I will share more insights :-).
There is something inside of you that is waiting to come out in all of its beauty, it’s time we unleash The Power in You!