How to Find Your Life’s Passion

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5 thoughts on “How to Find Your Life’s Passion

  1. I am in a HR class that is about team-building and team-work.

    One chart I came across was interesting. It compared generations regarding their general values, work ethic, hopes and dreams, hates, and communication styles and media.

    Passion is something newer generations feel is important. Newer generations feel that doing something you are passionate about should be what you do – i.e. work – and that’s part of why newer generations also cry and whine about work-life balance, wanting more and more and more flexibility and playtime and casual dress, etc, etc.

    It is interesting to think about, compared to older generations which were more work-oriented as work was something to be proud of and to invest in.

    More liberal, I guess.

    It affects emerging companies as older generations get older and newer generations are taking over now.

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    • That’s really interesting. I didn’t realize the differences between generations until you pointed them out. Although companies are also very different today than they used to be. In the past generations there were jobs that you could start at and stay at your whole life, pension plans, and I think more of a sense of belonging in a family once you joined these large companies. These days with the economy there’s a sense that you can get laid off easily with downsizing, maybe a sense that the companies don’t care as much about you so why give your life to “the man” when you could be pursuing something you enjoy for slightly less pay perhaps?

      The flip side to that are those that just blindly follow something they believe to be passion but it puts them more in debt or makes their life even harder. That’s a little more difficult to justify.

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    • Perspectives change over time based on the environment we grow up in. In the past, and especially during the depression, work options were limited, most did not go beyond HS, and you were either working on a farm or at a trade if you could serve as someones apprentice. This trend continued when cities and the industrial age rose up and folks sought work at the emerging factories.

      Options were limited, and the key point in life then was to be able to make enough money to provide for ones family.

      As the economies and jobs improved over time, parents encouraged their kids to aim higher as more opportunities became available in work and education.

      So newer generations aren’t worried as much about “survival” as much as achieving their full potential. This is also encouraged with the rise of social media so everyone can keep track of their friends/families lives and measure their “portrayed happiness” to their own.

      If the market and society ever falls into a great depression again, the old values of just surviving and just finding a job would likely return.

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    • I never tried this method, but when I was looking for what I really wanted to do, I created a list of things I enjoyed doing, a list of things I was good at, and looked to prioritize both and looked for matches on what I had skills in and also enjoyed doing.

      The next step was to look at the resultant set and decide if that skill set could be monitized, if it wasn’t immediately apparent.

      The method the video methods is better I think because your list won’t depend on just your developed skills or known interests, but lets you explore the things you’re curious about as well. Creating a list of areas of purpose to direct your passion is runs along the same lines are seeing if your passion can provide you with employment.

      “So if my diagram doesn’t intersect then I have no passion lol. ”

      I think we all have passion in some area- it’s just a matter of finding it, and figuring out if it’s feasible to pursue.

      Sometimes is could just be dumb luck in finding it, like creating a system for finding the perfect mate, but just randomly bumping into your perfect match.

      For me, I saw a movie that had trading which intrigued me, then was researching books on investing and saw a book called “Trading for a Living”, and fell in love with the ideas presented.

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