You'll find no shortage of tips from many of the most successful and powerful people on how to find your "passion", or what you truly love to do. Here's a simpler way: gauge how you feel about opening your laptop.
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When you first open your laptop (or turn on your computer), it's an important moment of the day because it defines whether you are doing exactly the kind of work you're supposed to be doing. This is the thinking behind ex-Facebook employee and now full-time comedian Paul Ollinger, who wakes up at 5am every day for work just because he can't wait to start writing material for his shows. He calls it the "laptop test".
What's your orientation toward your laptop when you wake up in the morning? Are you dying to open it — do you see it as opportunity? Or do you see it as Pandora's box?
If you look at your laptop as a bug you'd rather squash because you dread looking at all of the emails or starting your work day, well, that says something. Of course, it's not as simple as setting your laptop on fire and dancing around its ashes in defiance. The "laptop test" is just the easiest way to see if you're on the right path. Once you know, you'll have to put in the work and time to make your career shift possible.