is it possible to find a job you love that makes you want to jump out of bed every morning and seize the day - EVERY DAY? our Guest blogger Allison Hail has some tips for you in her guest post below.
Finding your Passion
Are you struggling to find your true passion? Everyone finds their passion at different stages in life. Some people have known what they have wanted to do since high school, while others take years to figure it out. It’s never too late to discover a new passion and pursue your dream. If you don’t yet know what your passion is, follow these steps to help you get there:
Brainstorm your Hobbies and Interests
There’s no reason why your favourite hobby can’t turn into a career. Think about what you enjoy doing when you’re not at work. Do you enjoy cooking for the family? Do you like going out on weekends and taking photos? Perhaps you get a buzz from redecorating your room or re-organising the kitchen. Brainstorm all possibilities so that you have plenty of options to explore.
Ask yourself what makes you feel happy, excited and fulfilled. If you don’t have any hobbies, think about the things you’re interested in. Is there something you’ve always dreamed of doing but were too afraid to try? Don’t let your fear hold you back from pursuing your dreams and trying new things. Challenge yourself to get outside your comfort zone.
Experiment with Different Interests
Once you’ve determined your options, you can start experimenting with different interests. This will allow you to test the waters and discover what you love the most. For example, if you’ve always enjoyed writing, you could create your very own online blog. Write about whatever you want - it doesn’t have to be personal. Keep this up on a regular basis to see how committed you really are. If you enjoy the process of writing a blog, you could have a career in writing!
Keep in mind that even if you’re not naturally good at something - it doesn’t mean you can’t pursue it. You can teach yourself to be good at anything. The most important thing is that you genuinely enjoy what you’re doing. If you’re not much of a cook but have always wanted to be, take a cooking class! You may discover a hidden talent and a genuine passion for food. Be open to learning new skills and challenge the boundaries along the way. In this journey of experimentation, you’ll learn new things about yourself and grow as a person.
Do Your Research
If you are serious about pursuing an interest further, the next step is to do your research. Fortunately, the internet has answers to everything. Read up on the field that you’re interested in and discover what steps you need to take to be successful. Get books out from the library to dive a little deeper. If you enjoy reading about the subject for hours and hours - that’s when you know you’ve found something you love.
If you know anybody in real life who is in the same line of work, ask for some tips and advice. Find out what their experience has been like, so that you know what you’re getting yourself into.
Finding your passion takes time. Don’t put pressure on yourself to find it right away. Take your time to experiment with different interests until you find the right fit. The journey of experimentation isn’t always going to be smooth sailing. You’ll probably face many hurdles and obstacles along the way. The most important thing is to be persistent and patient. Once you find the work you love, you’ll be thankful that you never gave up.
If you want to find your passion, you have to try all your options. Trust the process and remain persistent. Eventually, you will discover what makes you really happy. Good luck!
Allison Hail is a creative writer based in New Zealand. She enjoys writing pieces on various topics, especially career and personal development. You can find more of her work on Tumblr.