In giving out speeches in motivational meetings, the speakers would oftentimes repeat the word “passion”. In a job interview, again, a favorite word is “passion”. What does having passion really mean? How do you search or get to have that passion for something? How do you know when you can claim being passionate about something?
So to answer all of these questions, my first step unto this quest for answers is to look at the dictionary. And yes, I found seven definitions of PASSION.
1. a strong feeling or emotion.
2. the trait of being intensely emotional.
3. something that is desired intensely.
4. an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action.
5. a feeling of strong sexual desire.
6. any object of warm affection or devotion.
7. the suffering of Jesus at the Crucifixion.
For the purpose of this article, I guess what I am trying to address here is helping others find Passion in terms of their career or goals in life. So with this, I am probably pertaining to meanings 1, 3, 4 and probably 6. For me, when you say that you are passionate about something, you enjoy doing what you do to the extent that you get lost in it. You forget the other factors that you have to consider, such us time, money, physical health, mental effort, etc. You just keep on doing what you do, because it makes you happy. So therefore, being passionate about something, for me, is a way to sustain happiness in our lives.
Admittedly, even with 6 years in banking, 2 years in advertising and 2 years in restaurant management, and with all the part time things that I do from Blogging, being a social entrepreneur, coaching, doing make up and styling, doing consultation for marketing and social media, running, practicing yoga, etc., I cannot claim that I will be passionate about just one thing for the rest of my life. I think that I am the type of person who is passionate about many things (in terms of career, work and hobbies) all at the same time.
There are also others who are just passionate about one thing, and nothing can stop them from doing that continuously. One of my friends, Arvi, is passionate about “building”. She’s a programmer in the office that I work for. She loves and is passionate about her work, but she also loves origami and building stuff. So you can say, she’s actually passionate about just one thing, and that is creating/building.
Others are not really passionate about anything yet (a big stress on YET). I do believe though that everyone is in search for their own passions. Passions make us happy and I believe that all of us search for happiness (even those who are already happy).
So how do you find things that will evoke that feeling of passion? My suggestion is that you try different things out and try to go out of your comfort zone. How will you know that you like doing something if you haven’t tried it at all? Say ‘yes’ to new experiences.
You can claim being passionate about something, when you want to improve in that thing that you want to do. When there is a desire to constantly learn about it, and when there is nothing or no one that stops you from moving forward, then you really are passionate about that certain thing. I often hear people say that finances are barriers or time is a barrier, but I don’t believe in this. If you truly want something and if you truly are passionate about it, then I think that you can make things happen even with all these barriers.