3 Steps to Find Your Passion

We have all heard the saying “find your passion and you won’t work a day in your life”. Is it really that easy? The simple answer is yes and no. Finding your passion is somewhat like peeling back an onion. You may have several layers to your passion that could be applied to numerous career paths. Below I will list three ways to turn your passion into your career.

  1. Write out a list of things you love doing.

When I first started searching for my career path I felt lost. I always knew I wanted to work for myself but I had no idea where to start. One day while brainstorming with my father he gave me some advice that will stick with me forever. He told me, “David, write out some things that brings you joy. For example, do you like helping people? Yes, so write that down”.  Looking back, that was the first concrete step in finding my passion. I love helping people. That is the one key piece to the foundation of everything I do. I always ask myself, how can this opportunity help people. This simple task allowed me to take the first step in turning my passion into a career.

2. Be a Sponge (Educate yourself)

The next step is to become a sponge. You need to constantly be learning. Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success, he pointed to a stack of nearby books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” In order to be successful you must read, it is vital to learn from those who came before you. A common gut reaction to this is “I don’t have enough time to read”. True, we all have different things going on in our lives but it is important to implement this into your daily routine. I am not telling you to sit down and commit to 500 pages a day. Start small, wake up 15 minutes early and commit to that everyday. Technology is something that has also made this so much easier through audio books. I listen to books every single day while driving to and from. I use Audible on the itunes app store and it has increased my book intake 10 fold.

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3. Implementation and Mindset

Helping people is a passion of mine and one way I implemented that passion was through insurance and retirement planning. I was able to work for myself through insurance and help people at the same time by protecting their money in index annuities and also providing life insurance solutions. This is just one example. You need to train your brain to have the right mindset. Currently, you may be working a job that you know is not your career path. However, you need to rewire your brain to find the positive in whatever it is that you are doing. “You win or you learn”. Whether you are in sales, retail, finance, accounting, etc. You ARE PROVIDING A SOLUTION for someone. Take pride in what you do and do it to the best of your ability. Wiring your brain to find the positive is a key step in turning your passion into your career.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, Steve Jobs didn’t create Apple overnight, and it is likely you won’t turn your passion into your new career by the flip of a switch. However, these three tools will help you take the first step in finding your calling. My mother has always told me “David, there are two things that will shape who you are and who you become. The books you read and the people you spend time with”. So, be sure to be fueling yourself with the books that will help direct you on the path you want to go and surround yourself with people who allow you to be the best version of yourself.

Forbes wrote a great article on this as well, where you can find at https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2014/02/20/what-it-takes-to-turn-your-passion-into-a-career/#2852bc63117d.

David Thoms

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