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When looking at your career or job prospects, “follow your passion” is a piece of advice that you’ll probably hear numerous times. But how do you find your true passion when you’re not even sure what you are passionate about?
This isn’t only a conundrum for people that are just starting out in their career. It can be a question that people already working face. Especially if they are stuck in jobs that they don’t enjoy or get fulfillment from. Or when their dream job turns into a nightmare, which is what happened to me.
This can happen because it can be easy to get into a routine of a job which is hard to get out of unless you are really ready to make some changes and switch to doing something different.
If this sounds like you, and you’re not sure what you want to be doing job-wise, but you know that you’re definitely not happy as things are, then here are pieces of advice and suggestions to help you find the true passion in your life.
Ask Yourself Some Questions
Finding your passion is something that doesn’t have to be too hard to find. But you need to put in a little effort to discover what that passion is.
To start off with, you could ask yourself a few questions, such as what books could you read and read and not get bored of? Is there something that you could quite easily do as a volunteer just because you love it so much? On a similar note, if you didn’t have to work for financial benefit, what would you spend your time doing?
If something springs to mind like working with animals, helping people, or traveling, for example, then you could be on your way to finding the area of work that could bring you the most joy.
From there, you could look at what kind of qualifications you need to be able to do what you want to do. Do you even need any? Or would you need to do something specific like a masters degree or specialized license to get to where you want to be? Do some research and then you’ll be able to move forward from there.
Passions Don’t All Make Money
When you think about what you enjoy in life, there will be some things that you enjoy but would be hard to make a career out of. So if you feel like you enjoy something that would be hard to turn into a job, don’t worry about it. Some passions can just be for your spare time. When this is the case, you need to look for a career that is going to help you to have time (and afford) to do those things that you really love.
Waking up and dreading the day ahead is never a good thing. And when you are in a career that you really do not enjoy, then it can be quite commonplace. So what could you be doing instead?
If you imagine in your mind what you’d like to be doing, what do you imagine waking up and doing? That could be a good indicator of where your passion lies.
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