Passion is usually thought of as some intrinsic calling you either have or you don’t. It’s a frustrating way to think about passion if you don’t know what yours is. But as author and financial expert Stefanie O’Connell points out, passion is something you can find.
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If you want to find your life purpose, you have to leave your bubble. Passion works the same way. Yes, some people may discover what their passion is early in life, but if you haven’t discovered yours yet, you can still develop it by breaking out of your comfort zone and exploring different options. O’Connell puts it this way:
Passion doesn’t arrive while waiting for inspiration to strike, it’s uncovered through action and work. Think of it like falling in love. You don’t just sit at home and decide you’re going to fall in love with a certain person, you go out and share different experiences with different people until you do.
Pay attention to your life, surround yourself with people who inspire you to grow, and be mindful of the opportunities that present themselves. If you follow and explore those that pique your interest, you may find yourself stumbling upon passion in the process.
Going back to the dating example, while you probably have a general idea of what you like and what you don’t like in a person, going out and actually meeting people will teach you a lot about your preferences.
O’Connell has a lot of great insight on this topic, so you’ll definitely want to read her full post at the link below.
4 Important Truths Behind Pursuing Your Passion [Stefanie O’Connell]