How the Freak to Find Your Passion (part two)Posted on June 28th, 2012
Finding your passion in your 20′s can feel like trying to find gold medallions on the beach without one of those sexy metal detectors.
After college, I felt like God buried my passion deep in the sand and was getting a heavenly-kick watching me down on my knees trying to dig it up.
As I write in my upcoming book All Groan Up: Searching for Self, Faith, and a Freaking Job!:
My search for a job after college was more a search for identity than a paycheck, more for passion than prestige. Heck, I’d have been happy if my fellow employees were required to call me Monkey Boy and throw banana peels at me whenever they passed my desk, if it meant I was working toward my dream. I have nothing against hard work; what I have a problem with is hard work in a field you don’t really care for, to be promoted to a job you never wanted.
8 Questions to Find Your Passion
In the previous post, I wrote about the first four questions that will help you begin to sniff your passion. Here’s the next four nuggets that if you’re willing to dig up, you’ll be stumbling upon a geyser of passion before you can shout “Geyser-o-passion I have just discovered. Hark, everyone cometh to behold!“
1. What’s Your Top Strengths?
Where are you most confident, competent, and crazy locked in? No clue? Taking the StrengthsFinder is a good place to start.
Basically, where do you kick the most ass? Think about what you consider your three greatest successes. What were you doing? Were you leading? Communicating? Designing? Analyzing? Your strengths are a direct shot to your passion. Follow that arrow Robin Hood.
2. What’s your Dream?
Feel like your BHAG is alluding you like Big Foot on a Vespa? Do this simple exercise. Envision your life 20 years from now in the year 2032. Where are you waking up? What’s your morning routine? What are you wearing for work? Where’s work? Home? 115 story skyscraper in the city? What do you do there? Map out your whole day. Don’t think what’s possible. Think big. Your BHAG is at the door waiting to be let in for dinner.
3. Is There a Need?
Where is this world leaking that you feel like needs to be plugged? As Fredrick Buechner wrote:
“Vocation is where our greatest passion meets the world’s greatest need”
4. Are You Willing to Pursue Greatness Without Ever Being Great?
Now picture your big dream, but it takes fifteen years longer to happen. Now instead of impacting the world, let’s say you change a neighborhood street. What if you never become great when pursuing your passion. Would it still be worth it?
There you have it — the eight questions to discover your passion. Remember though, this is not a one-time, catch-all answer. Our passion will change as we do. I was once passionate about wearing a different color pair of sweatpants for every day of school. We grow up and so does our passion.
So let’s say you, are you beginning to stumble upon your passion? Or are you getting hung up? Please share in the comments below and I promise one commenter will be awarded a *lifetime supply of passion, courtesy of *All Groan Up.
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*All Groan Up is not necessarily lying. It could happen.