Wednesday 9th August 2017
Passion is something we have in us but in a lot people it’s just dormant, just at the back of our minds. Luckily, for me it was when I had my wake-up call in 2004 when I had my heart-attack followed by a quadruple by-pass that I was forced to figure out this piece of life. I can’t imagine myself, my life (and my income) without the thought of how will I survive and what pursuits will I be able to do.
Discovering and claiming something you love to do has an amazing effect on your entire life. It’s like a pebble landing on a previously smooth, unremarkable expanse of water. The instant the pebble arrives, beautiful waves of ever-enlarging rings flow across the entire surface, spreading out virtually to infinity.
It can be so frustrating when people advise you, “Just follow your passion!” Yeah, sure, you’d love to; if only you knew what your passion was. You’re probably the kind of person who works hard, with commitment and persistence. When you know what you’re doing, nothing will stop you. But before you can become unstoppable, you need to know what you’re starting. Before you can follow your passion, you must find it. It might be that, through your exploration, will fall head over heels in love with an activity that engrosses you, something that lights you up and makes your heart sing. But now you must ask yourself the next question: Who would benefit from (and pay for) this?
Well, if you want to contribute your passion to society and make an income from it, you need to get realistic about whether this could turn into a career and what you would need to do to make that happen. Moreover, think about if you would even enjoy doing those things; for some people, a passion is just fun, and turning it into work changes it from a “love to do” to a “have to do.”