Do you want more out of life, but you struggle to find your passion and direction?
Do you ever get frustrated when people tell you to “follow your passion”, but you don’t know what that is?
Some people know exactly what they want to do with their lives from a young age. But many others have no clue – then struggle to figure out their life’s purpose throughout adulthood.
If that sounds like you, then I’ll help you identify your passion. (You don’t need to find it.)
Here’s the thing – you’re passion isn’t missing. You don’t need to go find it. You don’t need to ask people what you should do with your life.
If you don’t know what your passion is, it’s because you are ignoring it!
Let’s perform a thought experiment:
What would you do today if you had a billion dollars in the bank and didn’t have to worry about anything?
How would you fill the day? What activities would you do most days?
If you’re a little stumped on this question, then remember your passions as a child.
What did you spend all your time on as a kid. What occupied your thoughts the most? What were you obsessed with?
Your passions as a kid tend to be more true and genuine because as a kid, you followed your interests without the strategic thinking of an adult.
You never cared about the income potential from your hobbies, and you weren’t weighed down and distracted by obligations.
You never weighed your passions against profitability. You just did what you loved to do and pursued it.
List Your Interests
Make a list of your top 5 interests, or things that you love to do. Don’t even try to think of them as careers right now. Just list your interests. Name your passions.
Somewhere in this list is your life’s work.
I know, some of the things you write down may feel impossible to achieve, let alone make a single penny from.
Maybe that’s true in the literal sense, BUT there is always a way to follow your passion – and have it pay your bills.
Tracy and I never once thought that we would pay all of our bills and live a comfortable lifestyle by simply blogging about what we have for breakfast every day – but we do!
And we have done this every year since 2012.
We both have a passion for health, but even deeper than that, I have a passion for writing. I spent hours and hours writing as a kid. I’d write short stories, and I’d create my own newspapers. I’d write travel guides for made-up worlds.
That passion for writing followed me through my teen years and into adulthood. My passion for writing helped fuel my success with blogging.
Have I ever worked at a smoothie shop? No. Am I a doctor? No. But I know much more about nutrition than the average person, and I pour over medical journals because I think it’s fun.
And I love to write. So both Tracy and I share our experience and knowledge through writing, and what we do provides tremendous value to our readers.
Maybe you can’t be an astronaut, but there are plenty of space-related things you can do with your life. You just have to open yourself up to possibilities, and not dismiss your passion as “childish” or “impractical”.
Don’t Dismiss Your Interests
Don’t automatically dismiss things that you are passionate about because you don’t see the income potential. You can make a career out of anything, but not necessarily in a conventional way.
Find ways to turn your interests – your passion – into something that pays the bills. That could be through blogging, or teaching, or changing careers. Who says you HAVE to become an entrepreneur?
The important thing is that you have to look for opportunities and give them a try.
You have to put in the effort – every day.
You have to make your passion a priority without dismissing it out of lack of (perceived) profitability.
Tracy and I would still be working day jobs, sitting in a cubicle every Monday through Friday if we ignored our passion because we didn’t think that it would take us anywhere.
We would have missed out on a LOT of the experiences we had over the past few years of self-employment (like wintering in the Caribbean) if we didn’t put in the time and effort.
Once you recognize your passion that is already a part of your life, but smothered under self-doubt and lack of faith, you need to prioritize that passion.
You will never turn your passion into your life’s work if you don’t make it a priority in your life. You need to be every bit as serious about your passion as you are your job – and maybe even more so.
The only thing standing between where you are right now and where you want to be are the daily rituals that you perform.
Our website would not exist if Tracy and I didn’t create content every day, and promote our blog, and get to know our readers. It required a lot of hard work, sacrifice, and both of us wanted to quit – many times. There were times when it just didn’t feel worth it.
But we kept showing up, every day, putting in the effort.
That’s really all there is to turning your passion into your life’s work. Show up every day, put in the work, and never give up.
We made a decision to make our website our top priority, and because we did that, it became successful.
Conclusion & Next Steps
Your passion is probably staring you right in the face. It probably has been a part of you for your entire life. It’s time to stop ignoring it. Recognize it, then make it a priority in your life.
Then head over to our Quit Your Day Job & Do What You Love page to find out how you can turn your passion into your life’s work.
About Davy & Tracy
Hey there! We're Davy & Tracy Russell, the husband-and-wife team behind this website. We help trailblazers break through barriers so they can turn their passion into their life's work through entrepreneurship. How can we help you?