5 Ways to discover your career passion

“The two most important days in your life are when the day you are born and the day when you find out why.”

- Mark Twain

Have you ever felt that everyone around you knows their purpose or that they are in touch with their passion and their drive? Have you felt that your life has just become a monotonous routine? Maybe you cannot decide what you wish to do with your life. The reason can be many. Sometimes people are giving you so many advices that all of it rather becomes a frustrating experience. Although they have best intention in their minds but you do not want advice because you have too much of it. What to do in such times? How to really find your passion?

1. Block out the unnecessary
Just forget what the world has told you about finding your passion or about being successful. Often, to find the right way to do things, you need to unlearn more than what you need to learn. These days there is too much information floating around everywhere and not every piece of information is important. So eliminate everything that is not of significance to you. Too many options only leads to confusion and a difficult and rather wrong decision making.

2. Surround yourself with the right kind of people
Often people can be categorized into two kinds- the ones who know you well and those who don’t know you well. The ones who don’t know you well would give you all the kind of advice. They will always seem to think that they have a solution. They don’t because they don’t know you. Rather surround yourself with people who can honestly tell you both positive and negative points about you.

3. Some questions
Ask yourself what subjects/ topics you really enjoy reading, the topics you really look forward to read. Ask yourself what is that thing while doing which, time does not matter all that much. Your job/ career is something you will do for the rest of your life, so just be sure that you can do whatever career you choose for the rest of your life.

4. Enumerate/ Make a list

Make a list of potential career options you can have, keeping all the factors in mind. Try evaluating your decision from all aspects. The cost involved, the pay back you will get, what courses can you consider, the duration etc. It seems tedious while talking about it but when you start doing this activity, it would not take much time.

5. Word of advice: There is no EUREKA moment
It’s a false notion the world believes in. Defining moments have happened in your life and they will keep happening. However, if you look for that ONE moment that will give you ALL the answers, there is a possibility that you will be waiting forever. So don’t wait for that one moment to make a decision in your life. Just make what seems like a plausible decision and move ahead. It is alright if you still don’t know what is it that you want in life. Many successful people did not know the same for a very long time. The key however is to never stop looking. “Not all those who wander are lost.”

- J.R.R. Tolkein