“People with passion can change the world” – Steve Jobs
For young people it seems finding your passion is really difficult, at least for some of us. Then why do motivational speakers make it seem so easy? They say, “Find your passion and you’ve found your purpose.” Like it’s the same as making a cup of tea. Pfft!
How do people find their passion? This thing they talk about almost always seems elusive yet we readily identify it in others. I see it in my friend, Peter’s eyes when he’s staring at boring (to me) endless lines of programming code. You see passion when Christiano Ronaldo plays football, when Serena Williams competes, you could see it whenever the late Michael Jackson danced. You see others living life passionately, intentionally, purposefully. But it seems you are doing the opposite of that.
How can we young people find our life’s passion so we can change the world?
First, you have to realise having Passion is not the same as having a job, it’s not a sport, it’s not a hobby. It’s well…a way of life. It is undiluted emotion, eagerness, zeal and enthusiasm towards an object or person.
Life is way too short to live unfulfilled. So you’re young and haven’t found your passion yet? Don’t panic its not late at all. It’s ok to not know what your purpose or passion is yet. There’s still time. We’re here to help, the list below details steps that will definitely help.
WHAT THINGS ARE YOU CURIOUS ABOUT?
There are certain things you’re curius about and you’ve always wondered how they got done or made. Make a list of 15-20 of these things and go through them. Which of these things excite you the most? Which of these things stirs up emotions? It’s very possible your passion is hidden in the list you’ve created. So stay curious, ask questions
WHAT CHALLENGES/PROBLEMS WOULD YOU LIKE TO SOLVE IF YOU COULD?
It can be anything. From racism to corruption to global warming to seeing young female children get quality education. Whatever challenge or problem that annoys or irritates you and will give you joy to see it solved is probably where your passion lies. A lot of people have found their passions in solving problems and are currently living a life of purpose. Try it! Make a list of problems in the world or your community you will like to see solved and get to work.
DO YOU FIND JOY IN WHAT YOU DO?
Do a self-audit, ask yourself what are you most excited about? Are you happy doing what you do? Or the thought of starting something excite you? Then that’s probably where your passion is…where you find joy. To be passionate about something means that thing excites you, makes you happy and ultimately brings joy to your life. To be passionate means to be joyful. When you’ve found joy, you’ve found your passion.
EXPERIMENT, DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY
Fear is lie. Do not let fear try new things. It’s possible you need to experience more before you can find your passion. Young people sometimes beat themselves up becomes they’ve not found their passions yet but it’s probably cause they haven’t experienced much. Therefore, try new things. Try sushi, boxing, rollerblading, join a movement, try skydiving, writing…just try new things. You never know what you’ll like till you try it. The results of your experiments may be you finding your life’s passion.
DON’T GET STUCK!
No matter what just keep moving! Don’t get stuck. If you feel like you are in a rut, break the routine. Don’t let life and its woes put you down. JUST KEEP MOVING. Maybe then, maybe you will find your life’s passion.
YOUNG PEOPLE THAT FIND THEIR PASSIONS ARE THE ONES THAT GROW TO CHANGE THE WORLD.