In part 1 of “rediscovering your passion,” I wrote about how it became clear to me that I was on the right road regarding the work I wanted to do and the passion that I wanted to pursue full-time, i.e. writing.
My eureka moment
While I’d always enjoyed writing and making up stories, I didn’t seriously start to think about writing as a career until grade 10 (so 15/16 years old) and I’d read The Lord of the Rings. The school counselor was not impressed, though, and I ended up doing work shadowing in the botany department of the local university. It was very interesting, but I couldn’t see myself actually doing it as a job.
Luckily, though, I had an awesome mother (she passed away 9 years ago), who was supportive of the path I wanted to follow.She even bought me Beowulf (okay,and she had given me The Lord of the Rings, so everything is definitely her fault! 😀 Blame it on my mother and Tolkien…).
But what happens when you don’t even know what your passion is, you just know that it’s not what you’re doing at the moment?
The road to your own eureka moment
First off, it’s important to remember that you don’t actually have to do something full-time for it to be your passion or to prove to anyone that it is your passion.
I’ve got a little list, I’ve got a little list…
Ok, I couldn’t help quoting Mikado. No, not a list of people to kill,* but a list of things you’ve always wanted to try.
Are there any of them that you can try out? Or, if it does come down to a new job, is there somewhere you can work-shadow for a few days just to see what it’s actually like? (Hint: Most stuff isn’t how it looks on TV.) So don’t just go quitting your job and leaving your family or yourself destitute because you once saw a TV show on something and now feel it’s your calling.
*I realise that I now sound like a serial killer to those who don’t know Mikado…
I’ve tried stuff, and know that it’s what I want to do… but I need to change my career/studies…
Oh boy, you’ve both hit the jackpot and have a helluva lot of work in front of you. BUT! Don’t quit your day job just yet. Unless you won the lotto and can now easily pursue your passion without worrying about getting the funds together!
If you’re looking at changing your career, I suggest some or all of these books (no affiliate links):
- Joanna Penn– Career Change: Stop hating your job,discover what you really want to do with your life, and start doing it!
- Jon Acuff– QUITTER: Close the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job
- Jon Acuff– START: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters
- Jon Acuff– DO OVER: Make Today the First Day of Your New Career
- Jon Acuff– FINISH:Give Yourself the Gift of Done
Coming up in part 3: A steep learning curve