Passion

Igniting the spark

Passion is the fuel to your soul, it is the prime motive for you to keep moving forward, Passion will make you actually enjoy your life more and will give your life a meaning when you pursue it, because your life is defined by what you do and more importantly what you love to do, it is a powerful force in accomplishing anything you set your mind to. Passion is the difference between playing the piano and being a pianist; it’s who you are, not just what you do. Passion makes you leap out of bed in the morning, eager to start your day.

When we speak of passion, we don’t mean it in the romantic way, we mean the powerful feeling of enthusiasm we all have inside of us, do you remember the look of a young child when they do what they love and how their eyes glow and they are super hyped and excited to try a new game? This is exactly what we are talking about. Once you combine this enthusiasm and utilize it into your work you will thrive and on the right path for success

one should never underestimate the power of it, you might not know now how to turn your passion into a profitable career, we will demonstrate that later in this article, but whether you are making money out of it or not, isn’t seeking joy in doing what you love is worth it? Do what you love and the money will follow, stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion, once you find your passion, you will find more reasons to wake up excited to start your day, you will be more aware of the time you waste instead of pursing your passion. To put it simple, it is a life changing experience that will completely transform your lifestyle into a more fruitful and more exciting one.

Finding your passion

Here’s the problem: Passion can’t be found in your head because it lives in your heart.
And the flames of passion are fanned by engagement, not thought. Here’s what I mean: No matter how hard you try, you cannot figure out your passion by thinking about it. You need to take action and feel your way to your truth, from the inside out.

Remember, we human beings are creatures of habit. You can’t be whiny, complaining and miserable for 80 percent of your day and expect to be enthusiastic and passionate in the last 20 percent.

And if you’re feeling really stuck on this whole “finding your passion” thing, this is the fastest way to get your motor running. It can be so frustrating when people advise you,

“Just follow your passion! Yeah, sure, you’d love to—if only you knew what your passion was.

You’re probably the kind of person who works hard, with commitment and persistence. When you know what you’re doing, nothing will stop you. But before you can become unstoppable, you need to know what you’re starting. Before you can follow your passion, you have to find it.

If you’re feeling stuck, here are fresh ways to discover what you really want to do with your life. Take time to work through the process and know that, no matter what, you’ll be getting closer to where you want to be.

1. Start with the right perspective

If you went into a restaurant with the strong opinion “I’m not hungry. There’ll be nothing here I want to eat. I don’t want to be here”—the menu isn’t going to look appealing. You won’t explore it with due time or attention, and it’s unlikely you’ll find food you’ll enjoy eating.

The same principle applies to passion-seeking. If you’re convinced that finding your passion is hard, or that it’s not going to happen for you, you’ll remain closed to possibilities. You’ll block the little nudges, pulls, and signals that guide us all. After all, how can you expect to find fulfilling work if you don’t believe it exists?

Choose to adopt the perspective that you can do what you love with your life. One of the best ways to strengthen this point of view is to surround yourself with people who are living examples. How many of your friends and family are following their passions? If it’s not many, it might be time to expand your circle; associate with—and be inspired by—men and women who are inspired by their work.

 

2. Get Out Your Metal Detector

Once you’ve decided that your passion is findable, it’s time to look for evidence of what you already love to do. If you scan the landscape of your life, you’ll notice certain experiences peak up. It’s so valuable to delve into these “peak moments” and extract the key ingredients.

Consider yourself a beach-trawler, discerning between the gold and the cheap metal. For example, one of my favorite summer jobs involved teaching English to teenagers. I might assume the key ingredient was the English language, or young people. But when I paid attention to my metaphorical metal detector, it become clear that the bleep went off when I doing something I am passionate about. Make a list of the ingredients that truly mattered in your peak moments; don’t be distracted by the counterfeits.

3. Look for the Umbrella

When you look at all the ingredients that matter to you, they might at first seem entirely disconnected. Let’s say you love French, drinking coffee, playing with words, analyzing and categorizing, and being a leader within a community. How could you construct a career from these? It’d be like peering into your cupboard and seeing cocoa powder, tofu, and carrots and wondering: How could I possibly make something delicious that includes all of these?

This is the time to look beyond the ingredients and seek an umbrella; something that all of these ingredients can fit beneath. For example, someone who likes to eat and taste new flavors and not afraid of exploring new recipes, can work as a food critic and there are many examples which we will provide of successful people who followed their passion later in this article.

What might be your umbrella?

4. Discern Between a Hobby and a Profitable Passion

It might be that, through this exploration, you fall head over heels in love with an activity that engrosses you—something that lights you up and makes your heart sing. But now you have to ask yourself the next question: Who would benefit from (and pay for) this?

Well, if you want to contribute your passion to society and make an income from it, you need to get realistic about whether this could actually turn into a career—and what you would need to do to make that happen. Moreover, think about if you would even enjoy doing those things; for some people a passion is just fun, and turning it into work changes it from a “love to do” to a “have to do.” Be alert to who might need your newly emerging passion and aim to have conversations with them to get you clearer on how, where, and when you can serve them.

Passion and career

In a recent survey conducted by the Conference Board, over 50% of Americans were unhappy in their workplace in 2010. It stated that most Americans were only working for their current employer simply because they had to. Don’t get me wrong, this is not an open invitation to sign your resignation from the job that you hate. It is simply a wake-up call to ask yourself one question. If I had enough financial resources, would I be working in the same job or not? If your answer is no. Don’t quit your job now. You need to carefully plan your future and seek alternatives especially if you are financially responsible for not only yourself but your family. So many people sabotage any chance of making a profit from their passion because they don’t believe it’s possible. They start thinking about all of the reasons why it won’t work instead of using that energy to think of ways to make it work. So, you need to Brainstorm your business or career dreams related to your passion, no matter how outlandish they seem. Then wait a few days before you get practical and critical. I’d be willing to bet that for every crazy idea you brainstorm, someone is already out there making a great living from it.

Imagine that you get up early, jumping out of bed, excited to go to work. You might put in more hours than the average person, but it doesn’t seem difficult to you, because your work hours just zoom right by. You are often in that state of mind often referred to as “flow,” where you can lose track of the world and time, losing yourself in the task at hand. Work is not work as many people refer to it, but something that is fun and interesting and exciting. It’s not a “job” but a passion. If you’ve got a job you dislike, or even hate, this will sound like a pipe dream to you. And if you never put in the effort to find what you’re passionate about, you’re right: such a thing will never be possible. But dare to dream, dare to imagine the possibilities, and dare to actually search for what you love, and it is not only a possibility, but a probability., Below you can find out how to pursue your passion

1: Ask yourself one important question, what difference are you passionate about making in others’ lives?

Notice, that we didn’t say “what are you passionate about?” Instead, we want you to determine the purpose of your passion, which is using it will have a positive impact the world. That type of drive will attract opportunities that often lead to raises, job offers and new business. To turn your passion into profit, you must fulfill a purpose that others need or want, as a passion with no purpose will not lead to any financial gains.  After you’ve learned more about yourself and your personal qualities, you need to step back from the details to see the bigger picture – the bigger blueprint that pulls it all together and gives direction for your actions and decisions. Uncovering your life passion is so much more than defining “what it is you love to do.” Sure, it’s fun to have many things you feel excited about or that are enjoyable. But a life passion needs direction, purpose, and vision to make it as rich and rewarding as it can possibly be.

A life passion supported by a greater purpose and propelled by a positive vision, is the stuff that dreams are made of. It is what turns us from just “living life” into thriving, blossoming, self-actualizing individuals. It gives our existence meaning as we choose to define it

2: Identify Your Talent. You Always Have One.

Can you do something well? It doesn’t necessarily have to be something you have done before or practiced as a child like playing an instrument or a particular sport. It may be something more aligned to your personality, experience and interests as an adult. Perhaps you are very funny or are good at making people laugh and smile, you may be an excellent speaker and feel confident speaking in large groups or in front of a crowd.

Through life and work experience, you may have discovered new skills or perfected potential that you wouldn’t have considered when you were younger. You might be good at motivating others or have suddenly discovered that you are excellent at taking a fantastic photograph. Think about things that have stood out, that you know you do well, that other people tell you do well and that you know you have a natural ability to improve on and perfect.

3: Have you mastered your craft?

It is not enough to simply have a talent in something, we all agree that anything can have room for improvement, and once you set your goal to master something and excel in it, this will allow you to go above and beyond others in their field Discover how you can change your industry and why it is necessary. Ask: How can I do it better? How can I make it better?

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, there is no such thing as a lucky break. If you prepare yourself to be do your best and challenge your limits in excelling something, many opportunities will present themselves to you and then you get your chance to actually make a profit out of it. Observe what other businesses are missing and use your business to fill a void in the marketplace.

4: Taking a leap of faith

Fear is the biggest obstacle to pursuing your dreams. Many people insist it is a lack of money or time or resources, but it is often a fear of failure, rejection, or even a fear of success, that holds a person back. What is it that you’ve been wanting to pursue that you’ve been hesitating about? Take baby steps if you have to, but at the same time be willing to step out on faith to use the natural gifts and talents that you are passionate about. If you do what you love, patiently and persistently, the rewards WILL come. No matter how long the journey takes. You will eventually be making a profit out of it, if you never yield or give up. On my own journey, I’ve mostly lived by the motto: “Leap and the net will appear.” I’ve noticed I couldn’t find the new until I’d said farewell to the old. With each step into the unknown—for example, handing in notice on my part-time salaried job to go fully self-employed—my announcement to the universe has been: I’m available. I’m serious about this. The path of passion is where you do things that scare you enough, without leaving you in a constant state of fear. Expand your comfort zone, rather than leaving it.
The world needs passion, so decide right now that it’s possible to find it, and then use this guidance to gain clarity. When you find your passion, be assured: It will always guide you right.

5: Be passion-driven not profit-driven in the start of your journey

I am going to be real honest with you, in the beginning there will be zero income, which might put you off pursing your passion as a career, but if you knew how to sell and brand yourself and displayed adequate amount of patience, you will get a chance of turning your passion into profit, we live in the age of digital communication, can you imagine that someone as brilliant as Van Gogh died really poor and now his paintings are being displayed at the biggest art museums, this would have been highly unlikely nowadays with the power of social media, we see how extraordinary talents go viral very easy. So now is the time to never give up on your dreams, now is more suitable than ever to show persistence and believing in yourself that one day you are going to make it. Create a blog, website, Instagram profile, Facebook page or a YouTube channel showcasing your talent and you are going to make it.

Shining examples of people who followed their passion and turned it into a career.

1: Steve Jobs

He is the role model when it comes to following your intuition or passion, and in 2005, Jobs gave a famous commencement to Stanford graduates and said,

“You’ve got to find what you love,” Jobs said. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” Remember those words because, as a leader, your best days are ahead if you remain passionate about your brand and its unique benefit to the world.”

Jobs was obsessed with design, so much so he took a calligraphy course just for the fun of it. It’s ultimately what he meant when he said to follow your heart and trust that the dots will connect in the future.

“This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life,” he said. Follow your passion like Steve Jobs and make a difference.

2: Walt Disney

Before he dominated the cartoon and amusement-park empire, Walt Disney was an ambulance driver in France during World War I. He then took a job as a newspaper editor but was fired for “lacking imagination” and having “no good ideas”. Criticisms that seem incomprehensible now. The loss of his job was a blessing in disguise, as it freed him up to do something he really loved. Heading to Hollywood, Walt proved that successful people don’t give up, and set goals bigger than any before– he had his heart set on producing a cartoon series. Disney followed his passion even when others doubted his talent, for that the world will never be the same.

3: J.K Rowling

Rowling’s new book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, sold more than 3.3 million copies in the U.S. and Canada, publisher Scholastic announced that she is currently ranked No. 1 among all books on Amazon.

The Harry Potter franchise has been extremely lucrative for Rowling. According to Forbes, she has earned approximately $1 billion over her career, making her the world’s richest author.

But things haven’t always worked out so well for her. Before publishing her first book, she had to rely on state benefits just to keep food on the table.

J.K Rowling went from being an unemployed single mother, living on welfare, to become one of the best-selling authors of all time. She was plagued by self-doubt and rejected countless times along the way but kept pushing on because she believed in herself and she was passionate about what she does. Not all of us will become famous authors but we can become the greatest version of ourselves by having a vision, accepting setbacks, being persistent and making a little magic along the way.

4: Nomadic Matt

He started traveling at 23 and managed to travel for 18 months. After that, he finished his MBA and became location independent. Matt has created an online business where he teaches others how to fly around the world first class with an economy sized budget. He makes income from book sales and his online courses all while traveling the world of course!

Traditionally when we think of wealth, we imagine having to become a doctor, a lawyer, or a wealthy businessman that grew and sold a company. Why do you want to be wealthy? Is it necessary to work like a slave to live like a millionaire? Simply put no. We don’t need millions of dollars but only the knowledge required to have experiences that millionaires used only to have the privilege of enjoying.

5: Felix Kjellberg

He is better known by his online gaming alias “PewDiePie,” has one of the fastest-growing channels on YouTube – a sign of some serious entrepreneurial juice.

PewDiePie posts videos of himself playing video games, along with humorous commentary for viewers. The gamer hit an impressive 30 million followers in September, making his channel the most subscribed and the most viewed on YouTube for the month. His videos also have caused spikes in sales of games he’s featured, such as Slender, Goat Simulator, and Flappy Birds, showing an influence he, himself describes as “scary.” But how did he get to where he is today?

Kjellberg comes from humble roots: Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, he gave up his pursuit of an industrial economics degree to focus on his YouTube career–something that, until recently, wasn’t even considered a career. Yet his channel’s revenue, which comes primarily from YouTube ads, ranges between $140,000 and $1.4 million a month, The Atlantic  reports.

Conclusion:

No matter what your passion is, you can do the extraordinary, whether you have charisma and good presentation skills, you can work as a life coach, you have quick thinking and have a good memory and excellent communication skills, you can work as a stand-up comedian, you have some funny face reactions and nice smile? you can create Musicaly profile or Instagram profile. You have excellent writing skills and a talent for writing? You can work as a writer or editor at some newspaper or magazines, the chances are infinite, and the good news are that there is a skill for everyone to master better than others. Never give up on your dreams no matter how people see it trivial, you don’t have to explain your passion and convince people whom would never understand it, you live your life not theirs, drawing a smile on people’s faces is something to be recognized, adding value to your community by creating a new product is something remarkable. Whatever your passion is, make sure it has a purpose.

Your end result should be such that you should have a feeling of inspiring people. At the end of the day, when you hear from someone that” I didn’t give up –and the reason was you!” It creates a heavenly feeling.

You have to find an intersection point of your passion and potential for a positive impact. The only thing is you should be ready for adventure. Only then will success come to you.

You will have to restrict the attraction of fame and money traveling to your mind and become humble in search of passion and satisfaction. Once you have identified your passion, mastered your craft. You will need to wait patiently till the perfect opportunity rises and only then you can seize it, always remember to do one thing, because only when your passion will come alive and your dreams will manifest themselves in real life not in your day-dreaming. But all of that will not happen unless you do one thing which is igniting the spark inside you.

 

Passion
Utilizing your passion

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References:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/10-famous-people-who-prove-following-your-passion-pays-buschbacher/

https://www.success.com/article/5-questions-to-help-turn-your-passion-into-profit

https://liveboldandbloom.com/11/career/the-secrets-to-turning-your-passion-into-profit

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jobs/11499695/Eight-ways-to-find-the-true-passion-in-life-that-has-eluded-you.html

 

https://www.themuse.com/advice/6-fresh-ways-to-find-your-passion

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/featured/how-to-find-your-passion.html

http://www.oprah.com/supersoulsunday/the-secret-to-finding-your-passion-hint-its-not-what-you-think_1#ixzz59i7XYJOT
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2 thoughts on “Igniting the spark

  1. ”Not all of us will become famous authors but we can become the greatest version of ourselves by having a vision, accepting setbacks, being persistent and making a little magic along the way.”

    Nice words and excellent article.

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