How often do we find ourselves waiting to get there? That magical place that we wait and wait for – the place where we will finally be rewarded for the something we are doing that we are passionate about.
Take my industry, for instance (can you call life coaching an industry?) According to the ICF (International coaching federation), 82 per cent of life coaches quit because, after following their passion, they can’t make a living out of it. But was it their passion in the first place?
What are you passionate about? Unfortunately, most people don’t know their passion, certainly around work and career. I hear it a lot from my clients “I want to feel passionate about what I do. I want it to have meaning and purpose .”
Many people operate under the belief that all they need to do is find what they are passionate about, and everything will magically fall into place. Wrong for one simple reason: most people don’t know their passion.
Your life is not a thing. It’s an experience, and the fun comes from enjoying the experience. Did you experience the question growing up: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Train driver, astronaut, footballer were just a few that I may have replied to (forgive me, it was well over fifty years ago since I was asked that!). A more sensible reframe of that question should have been? “What do you want to grow into?” How many of us would have taken a different career path? I, for one, would have. How about you?
You will spend the rest of your life with yourself! Investing passion into your-self, your self-improvement, and future development is always a good investment. But as far as your career and earning a living is concerned, that’s a different matter.
If I could instil one thing in you, it would be this; Passion comes after experimenting and trying stuff. Get curious, ask for help, talk to people, engage with them, and try lots of dipping your toe into the water of different things. Then and only then see if it has staying power and turns into a passion!
And be mindful. What was once a passion, that you have now given up your job to pursue full time is now your job that you need to earn a living from, that needs to pay the bills and keep the bank manager happy.
Far too many people give up their day job to pursue their passion, only to find the passion they were passionate about is no longer there.
In the first instance. It would be best if you didn’t give up your job, the one where you earn money and pay your bills. Instead, once you have tried the stuff and found your passion, my advice would be to dovetail it in with your current job—transition into your newfound love.
I had witnessed it many times with my clients (before they sought my help), steaming full speed ahead with reinventing themselves, trying to find their passion only to find that the destination they arrived at is not what they expected.
So, as a coach, when a client comes to me to help them create and reinvent their future, what I’m helping them create is their-self. Finding your passion is about finding who you want to be, what you want to do and have in your life.