While it may differ slightly for every individual, I think you know that you’ve found your passion when…
You love it so much that you forget to eat (some say when you forget to shit).
When I was in school, my favorite subject was lunchtime. School was not my passion.
When I worked for other people, it was nice to get out of the office and grab some food or to take a lunch break. I wasn’t so into whatever it was I was supposed to be doing.
When I’m forced to do anything I don’t want to do for an inordinate amount of time, I start to get hungry or sleepy or bored and usually, I start mindlessly checking my phone scrolling aimlessly until someone tells me I’m being rude. It doesn’t take a lot to bore me, so please don’t take offense.
However, when I’m writing or doing some sort of creative pursuit or get involved in a self-started business endeavor, the opposite is true. I enter into this almost trance-like zone (Don’t let me get in my zone, cuz I’m definitely in my zone). Everything else seems to fall away. The notifications beep and it’s almost as if I don’t hear them (unless I’m involved in an interesting conversation and that’s why I’m getting notifications).
Sometimes, it can be hard to get time to pen a blog post or shoot a video, but when I actually sit down and do it, I get sucked in. All in. When I do client work or write something for a client on a subject that I find interesting, I go into a similar level of hyperfocus. When I’m putting thoughts to paper (or screen), I can lose track of time. I forget to eat. If I have to go to the bathroom, I hold it in (or continue working in what I like to call the corner office). Not to get graphic, but keeping it real. I think that’s a sign that writing (and creating and entrepreneur-ing) is my passion.
One thing I’ve been slowly learning as an entrepreneur is that I cannot and should not do everything and that it’s ok. It’s good to delegate areas in which I’m less proficient or less passionate to others. And, even though I’m not at a point where I can do much delegating, the process of doing nearly everything myself is helping me gain awareness of what I’m interested in doing and what I should delegate or outsource in the future.
So, what’s your passion?
If you’re not doing it, why not? If you’re not pursuing your passion at least as a hobby, then it’s probably not really your passion. Don’t call yourself a writer if you barely write or an artist if the last time you created something was back in high school and now you’re 40.
If you would like a shot at being able to do your passion for a living or as a side-hustle or simply as a means of sharing it with others and connecting with like-minded people, then the best thing you can do is create content around it. Maybe it will find an audience. Maybe it won’t. But, if it’s your passion, then you now have the tools and the access to share it with others and potentially even get recognized for it. Furthermore, if you create content around something that’s your passion, it will be more authentic and people will pick up on it. Your passion will be infectious.
Creating a blog, vlog, or a podcast about your passion or interest may lead to speaking gigs, brand sponsorships, and free stuff. Or, it may simply enable you to meet and connect with others into the same thing. Either way, you now have the ability to explore your passions and interests and showcase your thoughts or creations with many people quickly and easily. Creating and publishing written, video, or audio content is far easier and cheaper than it ever was before.
So, take a chance.
Skip lunch and go do something that takes your mind off food.