Overcoming the Frustration with Finding Your Passion

What do you like to do?  Another way of asking is, What are you passionate about? Have you ever become frustrated with finding your passion?

This question has plagued me my whole life. If you want to work for yourself, be an entrepreneur, etc you are advised to find the thing that you are most passionate about.  What if you never find it?  What do you do then?

You have gone through life stages…elementary school, high school, maybe college and enter the work force.  Presumably, who’ve followed the path that most interested you.

What happens if you find all of that was ok, but not truly about your passion?  What if it was simply taking the steps that was expected of you as you grow into adulthood?  How do you proceed when you finally realize, you don’t have or haven’t figured out what your passion is?

I’ve gone through several self-help processes aimed to help.  I’ve claimed the best answers I had a the time.  But none of it provides motivation for daily action.

You can’t have passion if you enter the workforce to simply earn money.  Earning money is not enough.  Attaching your dream to some material asset doesn’t feel right either.  You pursue the dream, but real life happens.  Responsibilities may take you in another direction for a little while at first, then it becomes difficult to come back to the dream.

In my attempts to find my passion, I have mostly found what I don’t want to do.  I know what I’m good at and what I’m not so good at.  I know which I’m good at and easy to do and which take enormous effort to be good.

I’m still searching.  The best answer I’ve come up with is I have a passion for learning.  I simply like learning.  Not about everything, but about what I need in a pragmatic sense.  For example, when I have some task I need to accomplish, I enjoy figuring out how to do it.  I may not like doing the task, but figuring it out is what I’m interested in.  In fact, once I have learned enough about it, I’m much more likely to lose interest in the task altogether.

Am I alone in this?  Do you have similar experiences?

Here’s an article I found with fresh ideas on the topic of passion…6 Fresh Ways to Find Your Passion. I like how the author describes getting your thoughts out of your way and the reality of the mental battle you may be up against.  I’m going to continue to work through this.  How about you?