How many times have you heard someone say they are looking for their dream job or that they want to follow their passion? It is probably such a large number that you cannot quantify it. Where does this get most people? Unhappiness, feelings of failure and missed opportunities. Why?
We don’t follow our passions, we bring our passions with us.
Mike Rowe, TV host and commentator, has addressed this concept many times. Let’s flush out the idea of bringing your passion with you.
Take a look back at all the jobs you have had and what you liked about each of them.
Picture the reasons why you volunteer in certain areas.
Take a gander at what you like to do in your downtime.
Find the commonalities.
By doing this you will see where your passion has a profound effect on you.
Using myself as an example, I have worked as a history teacher, a stock broker and in training & development. I volunteer with our local cub scouts, I have coached youth sports and volunteer at the local library. In my little downtime, I like to cook for others and build wood working projects that never seem to get sold but rather given to others. Upon closer examination, all of those items tie back to wanting to make my communities and the people in them better.
With a greater understanding of what makes you tick and where your passion lies, what will you be able to do?
I don’t have the answer for that question. You do though. Think about how you can use your better understood passion in your current job, your volunteer efforts, in your family life.
Remember you don’t need to find a dream job. You bring your passion with you.