Finding your passion is the key to a fulfilling life

We’ve all heard the saying “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” but how many of you can honestly admit that you feel that way in your current job role. From a young age, we’re often advised to follow our passions and while the idea seems simple enough in concept, the reality is that it takes time, careful consideration and often a lot of wrong choices to really identify where our true passions lie.

With 60% of employers believing a lack of passion for work is a key reason that some employees don’t perform well in their roles, it begs the question whether we should be looking to prioritise passion over salary in order to succeed in our careers.

When you’re passionate about what you do, work becomes less of a chore and your passion and drive will quite often flow out into other aspects of your life. Whether it’s contributing to your industry or community, or finding a healthy work-life balance, being happy in your career choice can be vital to leading a fulfilling life.

And contrary to popular belief, whether you’re just starting out in your career or you’re feeling stuck in a job that you don’t enjoy, it’s never too late to identify and follow your passions – you just need to tune into them.

Think about your strengths as well as your interests

We all have strengths and quite often they are a good indicator of where our passion lies. Identifying your skillset can direct you towards the interests and passions that you have already taken the time to develop into personal strengths. When you take the time to consider your strengths you may even find that there are certain activities that naturally motivate you and give you a drive to succeed, such as helping people. 

Reflect on the topics that you love to talk about with others

Whether it’s family, friends, colleagues or even strangers, we interact with a variety of people on a daily basis. While some of those interactions may be fleeting, there are often patterns that emerge when you reflect on the conversations you have had throughout the day. If you find yourself particularly animated when talking about a specific subject, it’s a good sign that topic sparks a fire within you and could be a possible career choice.

Listen to how people describe you

It’s a common question in job interviews worldwide but quite often when someone asks you to describe yourself you can be left stumbling for the right thing to say. This is where your close friends and family can share insight that you may never have considered. When you ask those closest to you how they would describe you, certain personality traits will be highlighted that may be able to help you decide where your passions lie. For example, if they describe you as the agony aunt or mother hen of the group, it may be that a career in coaching or a supportive role helping people could be your destiny.

Explore career paths

Once you have identified a few areas of interest and specific skillsets, spend some time exploring the range of careers available that could combine these elements. Reading job descriptions may help you find jobs that you are drawn to but remember to also think outside the box. Not everybody was made to be an employee, so if your skillset lies in entrepreneurial spirit and leadership then maybe setting up a business or investing in a franchise will be more up your street. With so many options out there, the world really is your oyster you just need to tune in to where your passion lies.

While skills can be learnt, your passion is part of who you are. We’ve all heard the saying, “do what you love, the money will follow” and when it comes to your career it’s actually good advice. While it may take time to identify your passions, if having a job that you love is really important to you, your efforts will be a valuable investment in your future happiness and your goal for a more fulfilling life.

If you are naturally engaging, empathetic, driven, and ambitious with a real desire to make a difference to people’s lives then maybe being a matchmaker is your calling too. Get in touch with our friendly team today to find out more about our proven, successful, and exciting business opportunity.

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