How Do You Find Your Passion In Life?

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I can’t say that there is an exact right or wrong answer to that question, I can only share my own thoughts about it and then invite all of you to share your comments as well, respecting the fact that there are likely a wide range of opinions on this topic.  Here are my thoughts:

I will start with a story about myself. I started working with my father in the development industry at 12 years old. I loved learning about my father’s business and I was in awe of my father and his creativity. My father always said “don’t go into this business because it is so up and down”. I was very good at math so my father was always pushing me to go into a profession such as an accountant. I was working with my Dad doing his paperwork and thought it could work. I was actually really miserable as an accountant because I truly felt like I was holding in that creativity and design sense inside of me. I was accepted into design school and instead of attending, I married a baseball player at the age of 18 years old. I had three children and finally realized that I truly wanted to go back to school to pursue my passion. By the way, being a Mom was also a passion of mine as well. I returned to school, which was not easy with three little children. I actually finished school two weeks prior to having my fourth child. Even though design school was not easy, I loved it. The rest is history, I have always loved what I do and don’t find it work. I actually soon after that became a single Mom raising four children.

As I became an entrepreneur running my own company, I quickly discovered that the things I was most passionate about were being able to design and create amazing spaces for my clients. And thank heavens I had that passion because when times got tough – which they always do in business – it was my passion that drove me and helped me persist through the worst of times. Had I not had the passion I honestly don’t believe I could have led the growth of the company to the level that we achieved.

For some, their passion may be tied to a specific industry, like design, medicine, law, or science. I tend to believe that for most their passion is tied to a desire, such as to lead, or to teach, or to help others. And often times these passions can be pursued in a myriad of jobs or industries.

What is important is for each of us is to figure out what is the passion inside of you that will drive you to become the very best you can be. What is the passion that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning ready to take on the world? What is the passion that will help you keep going when everything around you appears to be falling apart? What is the passion that will make you want to give 110 percent of yourself, rather than putting in the minimum requirement to pick up a paycheck?  What is that passion for you? Then, once you identify your passion you can really begin to figure out what roads lie ahead that will allow you to pursue it.

I find it interesting that when interviews have been conducted with some of the most financially successful people of our time they almost always contain a similar thread, which is that the key to their success involved following their passion. Warren Buffett, in giving secrets to success, expressed the importance of finding what brings meaning to your life and making it your focus each day. Steve Jobs of Apple Inc. expressed that people should do what they love doing, sharing that it was his passion for his work and a belief that “people with passion can change the world for the better” that drove him.  Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook states that people should find that thing they are most passionate about and pursue it.  Zuckerberg said, “I think it’s important if you’re going to take on any big challenge, that you just love and really have faith in what you’re doing. That I think is the most important advice I would say.”

I do believe that if you are truly passionate about the work you are doing, you will have the greatest chance of achieving financial success. I believe that when we are passionate about something we have more energy, we work much harder, we get more creative, we search more diligently for solutions when difficult problems arise, and we inspire others who work alongside us. Each of those elements helps to increase our chances of success. But above all else, I believe we are the happiest when we are pursuing our passions in life, and that is the very best kind of success.