What’s Your Passion?

Posted: July 1, 2008 by Rich Landosky in The Journey
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As all of you continue the constant journey towards adulthood, sooner or later you will have to ask yourself the question: “What am I going to do with my life?”  Or better yet, “What does GOD want me to do with my life?”  God has instilled passions in each of us.  I have several.  So do you.  They may change over time, they may become stronger, they may look different – but we all have passions.  I have been saying for a long time that if we can figure out what we are passionate about and align ourselves with those God-given passions, our personality make-up and strengths, as well as the spiritual gifts God gives us, we will never be happier. Trust me – I’ve been on both sides of that fence.  I worked a job where I had fun (how could you not have fun playing with baseball cards all day long as an adult?) and made a lot of money – but there was always something missing, unfulfilling.  I’ve also found myself aligned with my passions and gifting and even though the work can be draining, exhausting and challenging, there is nothing else that I could ever want to do.  I never wake up saying, “God, do I really HAVE TO go in today?”  I may wake up tired but there’s nothing else I’d rather do.  Anyway, I recently read this article in an e-newsletter that addresses this very issue of passion in your life.  I think it is worth the read for all of us.  If you heed the advice given, you will set a course for your future life of “employment” or career and look back with no regrets because you were right where God wanted you, doing exactly what He wanted you doing, living out the calling He placed in your life.  Anything else is just work.  So check this out and begin thinking.

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What is Your Passion?

Dan Miller

If you don’t combine your passion with your work you will never achieve excellence and fulfillment. I imagine it kind of like having a lawn mower engine in a Porsche. Yeah, it will move along but it can hardly get out of the way of other traffic and it sure doesn’t give you the thrill and exhilaration that driving a Porsche should. (I took a friend’s Porsche 959 for a spin recently. It had been modified from its original 331hp to 615 horsepower — what a rush!)

Every week I hear from lots of people who are still trying to find their passion. Here are some examples:

Dan, I cannot think of anything that just supremely stirs my drink. I have no passions or dreams. (I’m in my early 50s). I mean, there are some “warm” areas. But there is nothing I feel like I want to give my life to. The old cheese has moved, and the old dreams are dead and gone. I’m looking for a new one.

I’m currently working with a high level financial executive who, after 26 years with the same company, is being “invited” to leave. He’s having to catch up with the new opportunities because for 26 years “I’ve had my head down, and pencil up.”

Today I talked with a 34-year-old who has a history of starting businesses “that have nothing to do with my passion.” And then he wonders why it’s such a struggle to make them work.

I’m also working with a 48-year-old dentist who after years of frustration says, “I just keep getting better at what I intend to get out of.”

What’s blocking you from finding your passion — and integrating it into your work? Are you convinced that work is meant to be boring and stifling — only a means to a paycheck? Do you think that fulfilling God’s will always means sacrificing your true passions? Do you believe that if you followed your passions your income would drop dramatically? I believe all of these are false statements.  

A couple months ago I wrote an article “Is Your Music Still In You?”. The response to that was so overwhelming we now have produced business card-sized magnets with those words on them for a constant reminder to not let that happen.

What’s your reason for not living in your passion? And what are you going to do to change?

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Comments
  1. Alison Miller says:

    What’s your reason for not living in your passion? And what are you going to do to change?

    My reason is that i have no clue what my passion is yet…

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