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7 Things You Need To Know About Your Passion

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Your Passion in Life and finding out more about yourself

Passion today, is one heavily misunderstood concept. I dare say that it’s even overrated and overused today.

Successful people are always ready to say things like, “Passion is all you need” or “Follow your heart. That’s the most important thing.

Is it really though?

There’re a lot of nuances to this idea called passion.

Passion is good. It’s great. It’s a ball of wonderful energy. But it’s NOT going to solve all your problems.

 

Here’s 7 different ideas about passion you need to know to excel in it

1) Passion isn’t just a mere hobby or past time

Nay, passion isn’t just some mere interest you dabble in during your free time.

Passion is what identifies you. Passion is your identity.

Let it burn into your life so that others will take notice.

You’ll want people to say, “Oh that’s [insert your name]. He’s the guy who does [passion].”

And that is awesome as it is.

So be proud of that passion. Be known for it. Let it seep into your everyday life for every single second you live. That’s how you live your passion.

 

2) Passion isn’t a golden ticket which solves all your problems

Many were the times I’ve read entrepreneurs saying how passion is the key thing which drove them to success.

I believe that is true to a certain extent, but it isn’t as easy as it sounds.

You still need to put in the hard work and sacrifice to get the results you want.

Essentially, this means feeling less than great even though your passion is involved. This means having to question yourself, “Why isn’t my passion making things easier?”

Passion does not mean an easy route to success. So don’t be too disillusioned when you’re sweating blood and tears.

 

3) You don’t have to be the best at it

I’ve been a B-boy (breakdancer) for many years now. And quite frankly, where I’m from, I’m not the best at it. I don’t win competitions and you can’t find a lot of YouTube videos of me.

But, as I’ve learnt, passion isn’t competition.

You don’t have to be the best at it to love it. You don’t need first place or trophies to validate your love for something.

Competition is great now and then to motivate you to work harder, but never forget the roots of your passion; your identity. Always go back to your Why and your original love and inspiration for it.

You ought to enjoy it and love life with your passion too you know.

 

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4) Others may not understand your passion

I’m 29 and certain friends are still shocked to hear that I find time to practice my craft as a Bboy. Some of them even think it’s a pastime for kids.

It may sound daunting, but passion can be greatly misunderstood by even your peers and family alike.

So be prepared to face some criticism and flak from people around you. Know that at the end of the day, what they say or think do does not matter.

The critics are mostly people who are unhappy because they lack passion themselves. Continue loving and doing what you do, and I guarantee they’ll turn around as you inspire them.

 

5) Don’t be so lonely and introverted with your passion

I do agree that passion is a private and personal kind of love you’d want to take you everywhere you go in life.

But you know what’s a simple hack to continuously be more passionate and inspired? Meet more people who share the same passion.

Put in the conscious effort to meet others, train with others or just be in their presence.

That’s how your passion and your persona grows.

 

6) Passion needs to be fed inspiration

To extend the last point, passion needs to be given fuel from time to time.

Remember that very first moment when you got really inspired from, say, that speech your favourite writer gave?

That feeling was awesome. But, life will get in the way.

Just like how passion doesn’t make work any easier, passion needs to be fed inspiration in order for you to feel the love, the drive, the energy, the force.

So get out there and seek inspiration. Go to concerts. Stop wasting your time with social media and read books instead. Meet your mentors. Talk to people and make new friends.

Do them so you can remember why you have that passion.

 

7) Passion is what makes sense of the world for you

There’s way too much information out there. What’s more, a lot of the information is rubbish or nothing but toxic news.

It can be pretty disheartening to know what’s going out there. It can be pretty hard to live a meaningful life that way.

To keep it simple, we’re all just trying to be happy.

Try as much as you like, if you only use your head to reason with the world, there’s always going to be conflicting pieces of information.

There’s no point in being right when you’re unhappy.

So what makes you continuously happy? Passion.

Let passion be your world then. That’s not to say be deluded, but allow passion to make your happy (and sane) so you can take on the world.

 

Did I leave anything out? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts about Passion.

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9 Comments

  1. Susan Axelrod

    Nov 5, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Alden-you ROCKED it. So proud of you. Amazed and delighted to have landed on this article.
    I teach people to find philanthropic PASSION. and I describe it the same way.
    You’re a 29 year old asian guy and I’m a 53 year old white jewish woman and LOOK at how we’re connected.
    I only drop f-bombs in private, you do it in public, so what?
    I dance tap, you’re a bboy, so what?
    we’re both changing the world, one reader at a time; helping people find a moment of joy by accepting their passion exactly as you say. so how ‘different’ are we? together we can show that our differences are NOT more important than what we share in common.

  2. Richard Gasquet

    Nov 3, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Hello. Just figered I would drop you a message on this post (seemed like a good one to choose) to let you know
    that I have gone through some of your articles and I’m liking
    the website Expect to find me around in the comments!

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  3. Neha Mehra

    Jan 27, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Chasing your passion is very risky.From my own experience i am telling you that, it needs lots of sacrifices and determination to make your passion work in this life as the competition is growing each and everyday !

  4. Diana Quartey

    Dec 3, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I love what you said about fuelling your passion.

    I’ve noticed that if I don’t feed my passion with relevant resources, it starts to die down and to the outsider and even sometimes to myself, it may look like I wasn’t really passionate about it, as though it was just a passing phase.

  5. Rob K.

    Dec 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    To me, passion is about energy flow. What are the areas that when you’re doing them, the time flies. Your energy is there, your desire to procrastinate it gone, and you just want to keep doing it.

    I really want to be self-employed, but I love working in teams and I need to find the right combination so I can get those things.

  6. Annemarie Maddison

    Nov 30, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Thank you Alden for your very inspiring words, I am currently trying to make my passion into a full time career. I was becoming a bit disheartened by negative attitudes around me who think I am mad to give up my current well paid career to follow my passion. However, my passion makes me happy and life is too short not to try to do what makes you happy.
    If we all just follow where the money is then we might be comfortable financially but are going to be very unhappy. Your words of wisdom have made me more determined than ever to keep trying.
    Good luck to you and all who follow your passions
    Regards
    Annemarie

  7. Mukul S Rathore

    Nov 28, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Simply, It gives boost to my passion after reading these point. Thanx so much for your great guidance.

  8. Rose Costas

    Nov 28, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Thanks Alden for that great post. I enjoyed the third one the best because it allows people including myself that you do not have to be the Serena Williams of Tennis or Tony Robbins, Maya Angelo on writing etc to be passionate about your craft.

    I love writing even since I can remember but I could never master the English language good enough to be confident in the area so I avoided it. When I am sad, afraid, lonely, depressed etc I realize writing about my feelings made me feel better. I have now decided after years of avoiding writing to go out and be brave and not try to compete with all the greats but to enjoy my passion and to be my best at it.

    Thanks again for the great post

  9. Jan Koch

    Nov 28, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Love it Alden!
    I agree with every point you make. When I started thinking of becoming self-employed and living a life based on my passion and my own terms however, I needed to figure out what I was really passionate about. Working in a 9-to-5 job had blurred my vision and I had no idea what I’m passionate about.

    It took me a few weeks to understand that my natural talent of leveraging technology and my desire to do work that matters actually form a great team. It was a tough process though and I’d love to hear your thoughts on uncovering passions. What do you tell somebody who doesn’t know her own passions?

    Best,
    Jan

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