Why You're Going to Fail
Find Your Passion
It's pretty common to have several interests. Reading, movies, girls, boys, golf, pets and cars are all examples of interests.
Interests, however, are not your passion. Finding your passion is difficult. People spend a lot of time and money searching for their passion. They end up ricocheting between interests hoping to land on that one thing that fulfills them. If you're lucky, you may find your passion.
Larry Smith explains, "You need 20 interests. And then one of them, one of them, may grab you. One of them may engage you more than anything else." The one interest that engages you the most is your passion.
Through trial and error, I can say confidently say, I found my most engaging interest. I'm not someone who always knew what they wanted to be. I envy those who knew exactly what they wanted to be by 18 and made it happen by 27. It took me a lot of time and soul searching to find my passion.
I'm lucky though. Since I the age of 16, I bounced around jobs and fields to finally figure out my passion. I worked a variety jobs - I bagged groceries, I did oil changes, I taught, I worked retail, I did manual labor, and I worked in cubical. All these jobs showed what I liked and disliked in each job. They taught me a lot about myself, and I gained a wide range of experience. I don't envy person who has only worked in the same office for several years. They don't know if the grass is greener on the other side. They only know what their grass looks and feels like. They lack variety.
After all these jobs and experiences, I funneled my interests down to this; my passion is creating something that helps people. It's that simple. I love creating, crafting, tinkering. I love the feeling of completion. I truly love the excitement, enjoyment, pleasure that my creation brings to other people.
Find the Highest Expression of Your Talent.
Some find their passion, but will fail to do it, because you will find a new excuse. The "but" creeps in. People are afraid. That's one thing I know for certain. People are afraid to try something new. To put themselves out there. Afraid to fail.
Unless . . .
Do not let excuses get in your way. Seth Godin calls this the lizard brain. You have to consciously fight it. It's hard to fight, because giving in is so easy, so comfortable.
Currently, the highest expression of my passion is as a marketing consultant. The expression my talent is when I create something truly amazing that exceeds expectations.
As I continue to hone my passion, I know that it will take time and patience. I want the end goal now, because I know there's more greatest out there that I can achieve. However, there are necessary steps that I must take. I say this not to make excuses, but to recognize the path won't be easy. There will be detours and roadblocks. It's what I choose to do in those moments that will define my career as great or good.
Will I make excuses or will I see those challenges as opportunities? What about you? How will you respond once you find your passion? Will you make excuses? Or, will you seize the moment.
Watch Larry Smith's TedX, "Why You Fail To Have a Great Career."