We Make It Harder On Ourselves To Find What We Are Passionate About Than It Should Be

painter in actionOne of the reasons that so many of us are frustrated with not being able to figure out what it is that we like doing, and what it is that we are passionate about is the fact that we restrict our search to only those crafts that could potentially turn into a money making career or venture. This is unfortunate, because in a way it clouds our judgment of determining what we really like. There are people who don’t follow their interests because they don’t see a big $ sign at the end of that road. There is also another group of those who go into software engineering, accounting and nursing for job security even though they couldn’t care less about those areas of work.

Being passionate about something doesn’t mean that you have to dedicate every moment of your waking life to it, even though that’s a nice possibility. It also doesn’t mean that you have to make a lot of money or any money from it. What you enjoy doing and what you are interested in is not and should not be measured by how much demand there is out there for it. If you like painting, of playing a guitar or photographing predators in action, you don’t have to do 24/7. Just make sure that you do it regularly if that’s something that makes you happy regardless of whether you get to sell it to anyone out there.

2 thoughts on “We Make It Harder On Ourselves To Find What We Are Passionate About Than It Should Be

  1. I think for some people living in developing countries, the idea of following your passion is not even a remote possibility. It’s hard to spend time thinking about what you want in life when your day is consumed with worries of how to pay your next bill or children’s education or spouses’ healthcare expenses. Being able to follow your passion is a luxury that many people in this world cannot afford. So, it’s a shame that more people who have the financial resources and social support to meet their basic needs still compromise on following their passion because they would rather just be lazy or make more money. The most important thing as you said is to find time for what you love, even if it’s not your full-time job and doesn’t make you any money.

    • Interesting point. So, how then would you explain that some of the more distinguished artists, athletes, etc… come from poverty and other challenges. It appears to me that the opposite can be true as well. The hardship and the despair can motivate someone to pursue whatever they like so much more aggressively. I do agree that there is no excuse for those who can afford it not to explore where their passions lie and not to follow them, as they should.

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