Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Pain of Knowing Your Passion

While knowing what you love and what you want to do is highly beneficial, it can also be very dangerous. Knowing what you want to do limits your options, and makes it harder for you to work in the field that you desire--because you only have a select number of opportunities. For example, if you are a photographer, and you know you will only be happy taking photos. Or if you love PR and can only envision yourself doing Thought Leadership campaigns. This limits your number of opportunity. Knowing what you want to do is powerful, but it makes the objective of "getting a job" somewhat more difficult.

There is also the especially difficult experience of knowing where you would love to do what you love to do. This just might not happen. Despite your creative efforts to get their attention, the dream company in mind may simply not pick you, and knowing this harsh reality, you might be inspired to start something up for yourself. When you have a sense of clarity regarding your dreams, it can be easy to put all your energy towards them and create your own business. Not that this is done easily, though sometimes a will does create a clear path.

I've seen this happen. Passion has opened so many locked doors for the people who exercise it properly. A good mentor is someone who shows you the way, and if you are already have your own style, you might not benefit from learning from someone else--you might just be the leader. You might really be a in a position to own things and set something new and inspiring off the ground.

I've seen a young man drop out of University only to create his own billion dollar startup. I've seen immigrants travel from India at the age of fourteen who have created 35+ million dollar companies. I've seen ambitious 25 year olds get their MBAs and fast-track their career and salary expectations. I've seen people make their business dreams come true, but they had this distinguishable passion. I've seen people who literally get off on their career success and base their entire livelihood off of what they do. Are they compensating for something else in their life that is missing? Maybe, but it's no surprise society defines people by what they do. This is why those who love what they do have a greater challenge of staying loyal to their identity. When you love something, of course it helps define you, though there are other alternatives to expressing your talent. You could get a job that pays the bills and pursue your passions on the side. You don't have to start your own business, but instead work for yourself. Just take note that it is this type of "I love what I do" passion, which often creates successful leaders.

I've seen people succeed and fail, but the one thing they had in common was a knowing passion of what they loved to do, and where they loved to do it or how they loved to do it. The people with the passion generally wind up back on their feet.

I've seen numerous friends go through the motions with their careers, and many are truly, finally doing what they love. A lot of them are successful at it because they want to do what they do, and they do it well, it is there niche. It makes them happy. Once you've found your niche you do have a lot of strength. In choosing to bite the bullet until that dream corporation comes along. Or deciding to start your own business or freelance it, you do create your own destiny. In refusing to settle for anything less, or do any other thing, you are giving yourself a sense of speciality. No matter what you do career-wise, you never gave up on the things that you love, and that contests for something valuable. With this, comes the patience from the greater good, but also the tenacity to never quit. Faith is lovely, but it's hard work you can rely on and depend on. If you keep giving out 110%, eventually someone is going to recognize you, right? Well, at least that is the hope. All you call really do is keep dreaming, and keep putting forth all of your effort into the things that make you the happiest. Continue to put yourself out there and see who responds. You never know who might require your service. You never know who might be reading. Don't lose hope too quickly.

If you are certain of your skill and work ethic, then it is only a matter of time before things piece together. Doing what you love just might be worth waiting for, but you have to have a little faith, and a whole lot of passion to get there.

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