how to find your passion in life

There is a saying that if you find your passion, something that you love doing, you’ll never have to work again in your life. Sounds appealing, but exactly how to find your passion in life? The answer lies closer than you think. Your passion will be aligned with your life’s purpose. Find your purpose, and you will surely find your passion. Before I answer your question, I will share a short story with you about myself.

Ever since I can remember, I was a dreamer. I grew up pretty much like any other kid. But in my mind, I dreamed big dreams, I went on wild adventures, and explored exotic lands. Many times I found myself daydreaming at school, with my gaze outside the window, far off in the Pacific Ocean’s horizon. Only to be reminded of “reality” by my teacher’s stern voice.

As I got older, my dreams were abruptly replaced by practical, socially accepted decisions. I gave up on my childhood dreams and aspirations trusting that socially acceptable rules of conduct were going to bring me closer to my goals. But if you asked me what those goals were, I couldn’t specifically tell you at the time.

As time progressed, I became an adult. I had a career and a vague understanding of what I wanted in life. What I thought I wanted was simply happiness. I didn’t associate happiness with having a purpose, or with greater understanding of myself. That understanding came later, evolving from pain, anger and misery. But it took some time.

Be it the nature of life itself, or the individual journey that we’re on, but all revelations come with a price. We must earn them first, as I did. Finding myself disillusioned by the meaningless life I was living, hating my jobs, feeling trapped and abandoned by my Higher Power, I suffered. Suffered enough, to question myself and my life. Questioned my values and the very reality of my existence.

They say suffering leads to enlightenment. I think that mine is a work in progress. But I can tell you that I gradually understood that in order to be happy in life, you must listen to, and trust that inner voice you’ve heard, ever since you were a child. Trust that childlike wonder that our society is trying so hard to keep down. Trust your intuition, believe in your dreams, acknowledge your power.

Don’t take this lightly, you are a powerful being. In fact, you’re so powerful, that you have the power to change yourself. You have the power to change your life. And it all starts by finding your destiny. Find your destiny, find your life’s meaning and you will find your passion.

I did. I realized that what I loved to do, was to dream. I didn’t even have to accomplish all of my dreams, but I could write and share them with others. I could inspire people not to be afraid to follow their own dreams and their own passions.

How to find passion

But enough about me. Finding your passion in life consists of two main parts. Understanding what your purpose in life is, and understanding why that is your purpose.

What is your purpose

Here is a pretty simple answer to a complex question. Obviously, the reason you enjoy doing the things you enjoy, is because they make you feel great. They give you satisfaction. And the main reason they gives you satisfaction, is because doing them, aligns your actions with the Divine Plan.

The Universe works according to certain laws. These laws govern everything and everyone in the world, including you. This is the Divine Plan. The closer you align yourself and your actions with this Plan, the greater are your chances of living a fulfilling, meaningful life. The opposite also holds true, the further removed you are from the Plan, the longer it will take you to find your purpose and passion.

Why is it your purpose

It is your purpose because this is what you must experience in this life in order to bring you closer to your self-realization. Based on your individual destiny, or karma. It’s about observing, about learning from the good and from the bad experiences. It’s about evolving into something greater than yourself. And you will get there eventually. But the closer you align yourself with the will of the Creator, the faster you will get there. I promise.

There is one condition to this principle. Your chosen purpose must in some way serve others. That’s the rule. It can not be solely for your personal gratification, or it won’t go well. In fact, it may end up quite detrimental in the long run. But if it gives you satisfaction and fulfillment, and it serves others as well, then you’re doing the right thing. So determine what you enjoy (simple technique for finding passion appears below), and go for it.

In Conclusion (The simple technique)

Get out a piece of paper and start writing down all of those things that bring a smile to your face. Those things that made you happy in the past. Those places and those circumstances. Once you have a list in front of you, re-read it, add to it, or take away until you’ve found that thing that makes the most sense. Chances are, you’ve found your life’s passion. Now go for it. It will not be easy, but it’s worth it!

Live well. Vlad

2 Responses to how to find your passion in life

  1. Ani August 19, 2012 at 5:04 am #

    Sounds familiar…

    But in my case my passion found me not the other way around. With the time I realized that no matter how much I opposed to the idea of becoming a writer more I was forced to write. Periodically, even after years of non-writing oeriods something forced me to write again.

    With the time I decided to give in :) and I am glad I did actually!

    • Vlad Rapoport August 19, 2012 at 6:14 am #

      Hi Ani,

      It’s a good thing you gave in, sounds like you’ve found your destiny! Life corrects us all the time, even when we ourselves don’t see it. :-)

      Thank you for the comment!

      Vlad