Passion is “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something” (Merriam-Webster). When you are passionate about your occupation you tend to be happier doing your job, resulting in more work being done and more work satisfaction. This will also increase your level of psychological well-being (Burke).
So, how can you find your passion? And more important, how can you transform it into a profession?
First, it is important to understand that your school is a field of knowledge, experiences and social learning. School propitiates the experimentation of a variety of activities, and by doing this, it is easier to find out what are you good at. Actually, that’s the very first step. Ask yourself: of all the things I do at school, in which do I excel? And among them, which one makes me feel better?
Because there a lot of things you can be especially good at, you need to pick the one that gives you the highest feeling of accomplishment. Maybe it’s composing essays, taking pictures or cheering up your classmates. Even if it’s uncommon, finding your passion is the main objective in this step.
One good tip is to remember what you liked to do when you were a kid. Did you play that you were a teacher? If so, maybe teaching others is your passion. Did you play with construction blocks? What about being in the construction industry?
Next, you have to focus that passion in something that can provide you with an income. This is the tricky part.
According to Forbes, “Turning a passion into a profession is the ultimate goal for many would-be entrepreneurs, but getting there can be a long and frustrating journey.” That is mainly true when your passion guides you to a profession that does not apply to “normal job” rules. Being a writer, for example, or an artist, will not be seen as a “well paid job” if you are only starting your career. Perseverance is the key to success.
In order to convert your passion into a profession, you have to get out of your comfort zone and perform your activities with passion and professionalism. Discipline and consistence is important in every stage of your projects. If you don’t take your job seriously, nobody else is going to do so, either.
Additionally, you have to remember that one of the major objectives is to obtain an income. (Still, it’s not the only one, because enjoying yourself is also on top of the list.) So, you have to search for a market and/or a client’s market that can provide that income for you. Treat that market with respect and kindness and do your job the best you can. This way, you and your passion will be recommended to others. You will grow up, learn and be a better professional every day.
And don’t forget the friends! The world is a big, vast place in which you can find other people that share your same passion and struggles. Try to learn from them and share your experiences.
Remember that “If you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” (George Shaw)
Live up your passion!
An Enclyclopedia Britannica Company. Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved from Merriam-Webster
Burke, R. J.; Fiksenbaum, Lisa (May 2009). “Work Motivations, Satisfactions, and Health Among Managers: Passion Versus Addiction”. Cross-Cultural Research 43: 349–365. Retrieved from Sagepub
Nataly Burg. Forbes (2014). How To Turn Your Passion Into A Profession. Retrieved from Forbes
George Bernard Shaw. Quotes. Retrieved from Good Reads