If you would have asked me as a child what I wanted to be when I grew up I would have given you several different answers. At age five I would have said a hairdresser. At age ten I would have said a veterinarian, and at age fifteen I would have said a marine biologist. I have become none of these things, and you know what? I couldn’t be happier.
When we’re young we tend to pick our career based on what we think looks fun and exciting, or even what will make us a lot of money. As time goes on, most of us will eventually realize that the only way you can truly dedicate your life to a career is by being passionate about it. Fun and excitement wear off and even the best paying jobs can suck your soul away. They only thing that will keep you motivated for the next day is passion.
The world doesn’t need more people who just want to float through life. The world needs people who are passionate about what their doing and inspiring other people with their passion.
How to Find Your Passion
Try New Things
I spent the first few years of my college career changing my major almost monthly. I had a lot of interests but it was hard for me to visualize myself completely dedicating myself to any of those interests. Eventually I decided the only way I could find what felt right to me was to start doing things. So I did. I worked in pubic relations, politics, and sports management. I traveled in the US and around the world, and finally, I worked in television and radio. After trying some of these things, it was easy for me to separate what I had an interest in from what I had a passion for.
Look for Opportunities
Opportunities come in many different packages and at many different times. Usually, the best opportunities come disguised as work. They don’t always look how you expected they would, but they are always there. If you take advantage of them they can lead you to the next step in your journey. Life is very much like walking down a staircase blindfolded. You can’t see the steps in front of you but you need to keep moving. You can run down the stairs with enthusiasm or you can slowly inch your way down. Whatever you do, keep moving.
Take (good) Risks
At a certain point in time you need to push yourself, even when it comes to something as awesome as your passion. Your natural ability will only take you so far. You need to dedicate time to honing your skills and perfecting your craft, whatever it may be. Find some good risks that scare you a little bit. Put yourself in the position to grow.
Understand that your path is different from others
Maybe you’re passionate about something a little more “normal” like teaching or health care. Maybe you’re passionate about something a little abnormal, like alligator wrestling. Your path is unique to you. If your passion is normal, super! If your passion is abnormal, super! Whatever your path and passion is accept that it may be different from others. Embrace your uniqueness instead of running from it.
Give yourself time
It’s been said that Taylor Swift wrote her first song at age 8. She clearly has known her passion more or less from birth. While some people are like this, it’s more likely that it will take you some time and some trial and error before you find your passion. There’s nothing wrong with this, in fact it’s extremely normal. If you’re still not sure what lights a spark in you, keep trying things. keep looking for opportunities, and keep taking risks. Good things take time to cultivate.
Listen to Your Gut
I believe we all deserve to find makes us excited for the next day. The first five steps are the perfect foundation upon which to find and grow your passion, but at the end of the day you need to listen to what your head, your heart, and your gut are telling you. I firmly believe that we have a natural intuition that helps lead us along in life. Don’t ignore that intuition, listen to it and follow its instruction. Whatever makes you comes alive, whatever your passion is, the world needs it!
1 in one hundred million
Kronos believes that people with all different jobs, careers and passions should be celebrated and thanked not only for the work they do on the job, but for how telling their story inspires other people on a daily basis.
To help better celebrate these people, Kronos launched their 1 in one hundred million campaign. A site and monthly video series devoted to sharing the personal stories of the people who do the many important and often unrecognized jobs many of us rely on everyday.
This month’s episode highlighted Troy Mitchum, Vice President of Security at the Wynn in Las Vegas. What I loved most about Troy’s story is that he has been with the Wynn for 30 years. During his journey with the company, he has risen through the ranks, and has held 8 different positions. Starting in 1985 he worked in the mail room, then folded towels, cleaned the pool, was a bellman, and worked as a Valet parking cars – all of which he says have been valuable in helping him get to where he is today.
I’m sure when Troy took his job in the mailroom in 1985 he didn’t think it would be his lifelong career or passion, but it led him to the next thing, which kept leading him to other things. Now he oversees more than 400 employees as VP of Security.
The people in these videos are interesting and inspiring, but most of all they’re passionate about what they do. Their jobs are important to them and what they do matters. In fact, chances are you’ve needed them or someone with their talent at some point.
There is no passion on this earth that is useless. Whatever your passion is, there is a way you can use it to do good and to serve people. If you haven’t found that passion yet, keep looking. If you’ve found it but haven’t found a way to use it, keep trying. You will find it, and when you do, it will have been worth the journey.
Episode 8: Baseball bat maker
Episode 11: Alligator wrestler
Episode 13: Pinball game tester
Episode 14: Zookeeper
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What inspires you? Have you found your passion?
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kronos. All opinions, photos, and life advice is 100% my own.