The Passions Series: Finding your passion

If you gotta think about it too long, or even think about it at all, you’re not going to find your passion.

That’s the one of the flaws we have as human beings. We think too, too much. Constantly over analyzing and rationalizing every decision we make, just to make sure we are making the right decisions. When it comes to finding a career in your passion, don’t over analyze. Think back to a time when you were younger. As a little kid, you probably never overthought every little thing you wanted to do. If you wanted to go outside and play softball, you’d go outside right? Granted, you had to make sure you were back before the street lights turned on or that would be your ass…

More so often than not, the older you grew the less likely you were to go outside and play. As you grew into your teens, your studies and social life may have become more prominent over recreational activities. Now some of our friends continued to carry forth with their sports and hobbies. But a lot of us just moved forward with age, not carrying much or any guilt at all in abandoning old habits.

So what changed from then to now? Was it the increase in responsibility over years, the pressure from your family and loved ones to work for a larger corporation, or the constant fear of missing out on the activities our friends were enjoying?

Listen, your passion cannot be consciously decided. Your passion will be in your heart. Think about it like this:

 You remember that guy/gal you were dating in your teens or early twenties? You know, the one that gave you mixed signals, and caused you to fill out every magazine quiz possible to determine if y’all were meant to be? Same deal, guys and girls. The more you over analyzed the success rate of your relationship, the easier it should have come to you that it wasn’t destiny. 

I could not even tell you how many jobs I worked, knowing I couldn’t see any longevitity in that career field. Bills are bills and they do have to get paid somehow, right? But even in the career where I made the most amount of money I’d ever made, I still was incredibly unhappy working for that company

. The more time you spend investing in the companies you see no future with, the less time you’re investing in yourself. Sometimes we have to remember to pamper our potential selves, to ultimately become whom we’ve always wanted to be.

So let me guess, now you’re wondering what your passion is…right? Pump the breaks there, man. You know what you’re passionate about. Most of us have known always what our are. But it’s easier for us to ignore our them, and settle for more “practical” careers. You’re simply avoiding the idea of possibly building a successful career doing something that is impractical to your peers, your family, or even to yourself.

Let’s think bout it together:

What do you usually spend lot of time thinking bout? What do you spend lot of time talking bout throughout the day? I mean, there’s a good percentage of people whom waste their time talking literally about nothing worth carrying conversation. But chances are, the things you internally obsess over are the things you secretly wish you had the balls to do. 

The typical, “I can’t make money doing that” or “My parents would kill me if I quit my job”. Listen, my parents expressed concern constantly when I reiterated to them I didn’t want to work for anyone else. As an adult, you have to translate your plan to your parents and loved ones, whether or not they agree with it. Hey, the best part about being an adult is that you’re the boss of you.

Here’s a couple of things that helped me re-evaluate my decision on building my career off of my passion:

– What things are non-negotiable in a career?

-What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

– Are you willing to put your entire life into such a career?

– Do you have the ability to not give a rat’s ass about receiving negative criticism from those around you, while still being able to accept constructive criticism?

-DO YOU HAVE A PLAN?

Taking the risk of changing your career path without a plan is like wearing  short dress without any underwear. 

Seems like a decent idea, right? Lots of people do it. But when you get out the car, Britney Spears style, and everybody sees your private party favors, you’d only wish you had been better prepared. Put your drawers on, y’all. 

Preparation and consistency is key. If you’re not equipped with a somewhat fool proof plan, you’re only putting yourself and your ability to succeed at risk. Remaining consistent in following the steps you’ve set out for yourself will not only keep you on track, but keep you motivated.

Now, I’m going to be completely honest with you. Doing what you’re passionate about is not always going to be easy. There will be days that you go to work wishing you would have stayed in bed. On an average, I’d say that most of the time I’m 87% happy everyday doing what I love. Random number, I know. The other 13% would solely be based on the fact that I’m in this alone. I fund my business ventures, I market my brand, I draw up my own content, and I pat myself on the back when needed.

 When you start your own business, most likely it is going to be just you. Your passion is not going to be everybody’s motivation. You have to build your brand, establish a credible reputation, and maintain that reputation (we’ll get deeper into these three topics later in the series). There will be those days that you wish you’d never made the decision to take such a risk. But if you stay faithful to your plan, stay focused on your goals, and move away from the negativity you will be more than alright.

Your passion doesn’t necessarily have to be in owning your own business, or building your own brand. You can very much so build on your passion in another company. These same goals and guidelines can be conveyed into any workplace you choose for yourself. Just be sure to remain true to yourself, your goals, and to your own internal mission statement in succeeding with an already established company.

Accept your passion, and welcome it into your life with open arms. Be productive in conquering the heavy task of building a successful career on what you are passionate about. Help change the misperceptions of your future career, and further translate your vision to your loved ones. 

Or not, you know. You don’t have to feel as though you need to explain your dreams, goals, and aspirations to the people around you. If they truly care for you (of course they do), they will be supportive of your life decisions.

Thanks for reading!

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