I have a challenge for you. Instead of asking somebody what he or she is studying, or going to college for, or what do they do; ask somebody what their passion is.
By asking somebody what their passion is, a few things will happen:
- You’ll make them think about what their passion is, if they don’t already know.
- You’ll find out about them on multiple levels, what they love in life, how something’s in life shaped them and more about them in general.
- They’ll be easier to remember, especially if you’re at a large event
Plus, you will get into a deep conversation quickly, thus increasing chances to become great friends, make a network or connection you didn’t know you had, and to learn something! I am a STRONG believer in meeting people for a reason, I truly truly believe so. I have met so many people at random occasions just by starting a small conversation with them. Instead of asking the “generic” questions, I asked actual, genuine questions to get to know them; and it works like magic! I have learned about so many new things, different cultures, and new opportunities I would have never known about if I hadn’t made that first jump into trying to get to know them on a more personal level.
So, now you may be asking yourself, “well great, asking other people will help them, but I don’t know my own passion … how do I figure that out”. If you do know your passion, GREAT! I am so thrilled for you, but if you do not know it, that is totally OK, not everybody does—but I think it’s really important for you to figure that out. The sooner the better, yet that does not mean you need to rush it, and please, do not force it—if you force trying to find your passion, you’ll only end up lost and confused internally, which doesn’t help.
You need to do some “soul-searchin”, what have you LOVED to do since a young age? What have people always commented on that you’re naturally good at? These can be athletic talents, such as running, like MoMo, or are you really good at reading, or math? Are you musically, or artistically talented? Do you enjoy playing with Legos, or taking something apart and putting it back together? I know, this is hard, but ask your parents, and friends, people who know you well; they should help you discover this.
But, also, through discovering yourself, as some say, “finding yourself” isn’t only through talking to others, you should challenge yourself on a personal level; that is, emotionally, mentally, and soul-fully. This will help you discover yourself, and your passion. So whether this be through travelling (like it did for me), or helping others, learning different subjects, you need to challenge yourself. Through this process, you have to be open minded, and willing to let some things change about yourself that you never thought would.
So through this life-changing process of discovering yourself, and your passion, you need to make new friends, outside of your friend circle who challenge you and bring new ideas into light. You should try to do new things that you’ve always had an interest in doing, and most importantly, realize that you should be you, and others will love you for who YOU are. That was my biggest struggle, and still is in some ways. When I realized that I could be me, and people would love me for ME, I really discovered who I was and starting forging my own path, and letting my path shape me.
So, to help find your passion:
- Ask people what their passion is
- Challenge yourself
- Be yourself