How do you know if you’re “following your passion?”

October 2, 2008 at 8:19 am 7 comments

It’s Tuesday, right at the end of the evening – which, since I’m off on Monday and Tuesday, for me is the equivalent of most people’s Sunday evening.  It’s a bittersweet time.  You’ve decompressed from your last workweek, but the new one is looming mere hours away…  I was just reflecting on these last two days, and how fast they flew by.  Of course everyone knows that “time flies when you’re having fun,” but what if I told you that I had just completed two 12-14 hour work days, and was only wishing I had time for more??

Lately, the phrase “follow your passion,” is one that gets thrown around quite a bit, but the response that often draws from people is, “How do I know what my passion IS?”  While that’s a question no one can answer but you, there are clues you can look for.  When you are at work (or running errands, or cleaning the house), what do you WISH you were doing?  That’s probably it.  Now don’t get sucked into the notion that following your passion means you get to play all the time and never have to do anything serious.  People love to quote the old work-horse:  “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”  HA!  I’m here to tell you what a load THAT is, and I know that anyone who’s ever had a career they truly enjoy would readily agree with me.  Being an opera singer was probably the hardest, most grueling work I’ve ever done; being an interior designer, the most stressful.  I loved doing both, and let me not mince words – I worked my butt off!!  You’ll know that you’ve found your passion when in spite of the intense effort, not only does the time fly by, but at the end of the day you are just as filled with excitement as when you started, and possibly even more invigorated because of your accomplishments.

Here I am, looking back over my days “off” and the roughly 24 hours I spent researching Average Goddess articles, writing the next newsletter, and talking to goddesses all over the country… I just can’t believe how the time sped by!  Am I a little tired?  Yeah, a little bit, but I don’t have that empty disappointment of looking at two days in which nothing of importance got accomplished, and another workweek is creeping up like the boogey man.  Instead, I’m elated by a string of small successes and new experiences, and while I AM wishing I had two more days off, it’s just so I could have more of this full-heart feeling that comes with a sense of purpose!

So how do you know if you’re following your passion?  Well, when you can work your fingers to the bone on a project and come out begging for more, you’re probably on the right track!!

All my love,

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  • 1. Jenn  |  October 2, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    This is so true! I can honestly say that even if I arrive at work in a bad mood for some reason, by the end of the day, 98% of the time I’m elated that I had been there. And nursing is definitely NOT an easy job. Passion – it makes the world livable.

  • 2. Paintandsoul  |  October 5, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    For me the difficulty hasn’t been finding things I’m passionate about, I’m a very passionate person… but balancing them all! I’m not willing to do just one of them at any given time! 😀 Though I totally hear this article. I wish they taught self development and how to find out these things about yourself in high school, that would be the way to make this world a lot better.

  • 3. averagegoddess  |  October 6, 2008 at 11:39 am

    I actually see that as a real problem with our educational system. They are still teaching the same way they have for the last hundred years, which is focused on teaching you to GET a job – to be an effective part of the system. In no way to they teach you to fearlessly and relentlessly pursue your passion, OR how to successfully achieve financial independence. We’ll definitely be talking more about this later!! 🙂

  • 4. cashlessncr  |  October 7, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    I was lucky enough (and I do consider myself pretty fortunate) to have had parents and teachers who helped me identify and pursue my interests, even supporting decisions that ran counter to what other school advisors thought was the wisest course of action. As a kid, I was given the freedom to really extend myself, even to the point of near-failure.

    In my mind, there’s too much emphasis on achieving “success”. No child left behind means passing rather than giving all kids the opportunity to explore their worlds.

    The commonly-embraced definition of what it means to be “successful” needs to change before taking career risks will be embraced.

  • 5. averagegoddess  |  October 7, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Perfectly said.

  • 6. limeliteshines  |  October 11, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    wow cashlessncr . . . very well said indeed!

    I was lucky enough to have the opportunities to get my feet wet in both worlds . . . the “learn to be responsible and be successful” area of life . . and the “throw all caution to the wind and chase your dream” area of life. I’ve landed somewhere in the middle. Music is my love, my passion . . . my life if you will. I also have a full time ‘job’ in the healthcare industry. Balancing both can be quite a juggling act . . . and sometimes some (or all) of the balls come crashing down . . . but thankfully I have the determination to pick them up and try again.

    That’s another thing that ‘no child left behind’ doesn’t teach . . . the determination to take failure as a stepping stone, rather than a road block.

  • 7. cashlessncr  |  October 12, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    ok so here’s a question for those juggling two worlds:

    Do you ever feel like the “responsible and successful” job is pulling energy away from the job that you’re passionate about?

    Can you compartmentalize, and if so, how?


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