10 Questions to Help You Find Your Passion
Posted: April 19, 2017
“If you organize your life around your passion, you can turn your passion into your story and then turn your story into something bigger — something that matters.” – Blake Mycoskie
This is a great quote, and it is very true! But what if you aren’t sure what your passion is supposed to be? Is there something wrong with you? No, not at all! In fact, many people — including myself — have had difficulty initially recognizing their passion.
When I was 18, I had my whole life planned out. I would go to college and get a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law, then get accepted into a great law school, graduate with top honors, join a fantastically well-connected law firm, practice law for a couple of years, and then run for political office! Yep — that was my plan! I had served as a page for the US House of Representatives while in high school and fell in love (I thought) with the idea of serving humanity through stewardship of political office.
But a funny thing happened along the way; I realized that while I did have the heart for stewardship — the law and politics were not my passion! I realized that my passion was centered around teaching people — helping them be the best they can be! I changed my major and set a new course for my life. This new direction took me down a variety of paths, but each change was focused around my passion — teaching others!
So, how do you find your passion? Give yourself permission to spend the next 30 to 45 minutes reflecting on the following questions. Focus in on yourself and commit to responding to each question in the most meaningful way. The answers may surprise you and will help you to identify what your passion is if you are true to yourself. Remember, this is about the real you — not the you that others think you should be, but who you really are!
When I was young, I dreamed of _____________________________.
When I see a movie or book about ____________________, I must watch/read it.
Most people don’t know this about me, but I enjoy __________.
If I were financially secure and didn’t need a paycheck, I would spend my time _________.
If I had an entire week to do exactly what I wanted to do, I’d spend it doing __________.
When I am doing __________, other people comment on how happy I am.
I get excited at work when I get an assignment that allows me to ____________.
I enjoy explaining or teaching others how to _____________.
I feel like the best version of myself when I am _____________.
Although I’ve only tried it once or twice, I enjoyed ____________.
By answering these questions as honestly as possible, you will have identified how you want to spend your time and life — your passion. The next step is to create a vision statement to help you achieve the goal of living a life that follows your passion. You can uncover the steps to create your personal vision statement in my Amazon Best Selling book, Unleashing the Intrapreneur: Changing the Face of Corporate America One Millennial at a Time.
About the Author
Debbie Wooldridge, founding president and CEO of DW Training and Development, Inc. dba ttcInnovations, had an idea for helping businesses improve their performance through effective training strategies and programs.
Under her skillful and experienced leadership, ttcInnovations provides businesses with engaging learning solutions that adopt a host of performance support options. Through instructor-led and web-based training programs utilizing system simulations, virtual environments, and other innovative approaches, Debbie’s company has ultimately helped businesses enhance on-the-job performance, improve their customers’ satisfaction, deliver significant business results, and achieve their goals. Debbie’s company has also created The Millennial Project, an interactive two-day workshop that provides companies with the tools and strategic roadmap needed to improve workforce processes and productivity.
Debbie is the author of two books, Unleashing the Intrapreneur – Changing the Face of Corporate America One Millennial at a Time and A Manager’s Guide to Unleashing the Intrapreneur.