I’ve been helping people find and follow their passion since 2009.
I’ve noticed the same questions come up over and over again.
And the answers always remain the same.
The truth of the matter is that you already have the answers; you’re just getting in your own way.
How? By thinking too much. Trying to figure things out. Forcing progress. The trying to force things to happen gets in the way of things happening.
If that doesn’t quite make sense, or you don’t quite believe it, keep reading.
This is article is an in-depth read, so make sure you bookmark it. Share it with your friends.
Put up your legs, grab some tea or coffee, and take it in one word at a time.
Here’s what you’re about to learn:
- What does passion mean?
- The benefits of doing what you love
- Is following your passion bad advice?
- How to find your passion in 5 steps
- What if you’re not passionate about anything?
- What if you have too many ideas?
- What if you’re exhausted after your day job?
- What if you don’t know where to start?
- What if you’re afraid to fail?
- What if you get bored quickly?
- What if you don’t have anything to offer?
- The secret of secrets
- How I found my passion
- Mistake: Forgetting your wisdom
- Mistake: Standing still
- Mistake: Letting moods rule you
- Mistake: Being in a hurry
- If all else fails, watch this video
- If you remember nothing else, remember this
Let’s start at the beginning.
What Does Passion Mean?
We’ve made passion into an object, something that if we can get our hands on we can be happy. If we can just acquire enough passion, purpose, money, or whatever it is, then we can be happy.
But passion is just a word. And like all words, it points to something beyond itself. To me, the beyond is joy and fulfillment right here, right now.
In this very moment.
Being in touch with my own inner wisdom, and my own heart. I’m connected to something greater. We all are. We are made of star dust. We are made of the dust, air, earth, and water we see all around us.
Following your passion doesn’t necessarily mean quitting your job, or leaving your family. It doesn’t require you to do anything radical.
It means starting with what you have, and beginning to listen to your heart, one step at a time, one day at a time.
It means being grateful for what you have, but also being willing to follow the nudges of your heart.
The Benefits of Doing What You Love
When I started following my passion, I didn’t know about the word passion. All I knew was that it felt good to follow what I was interested in.
It felt good to follow my heart.
As I’ve kept following this magnetic pull, kept letting life live through me, I’ve noticed a myriad of benefits and changes in my life. A few examples are:
- More joy
- More happiness
- A feeling of mystery and magic in life
- More synchronicities and coincidences
- More success (both inner and outer)
- Better relationships
- Less fear (but not fearless)
- Less worry
- Less stress
- Being more okay with the ups and downs of life
And the list goes on and on. If following my passion could be bottled, it would be worth mountains of chocolate chip cookies.
Not everyone agrees with me though. Some people say that following your passion is the last thing you should do.
Is Following Your Passion Bad Advice?
Plenty of people say that following your passion doesn’t work.
But when we break passion down and see that it’s really about doing what you’re interested in, we begin to see the truth.
Those against passion seem to be against people who say that following your passion will make everything okay.
And sometimes it does that.
Often it doesn’t.
To me this isn’t about throwing out passion. It’s about embracing both practicality and passion. This is where we’re heading as a species.
We’re learning to listen to ourselves more.
Instead of looking outside of ourselves for answers, we are beginning to look to the only source that ever had any answers–the wisdom inside.
Any piece of advice can be made bad. It depends on the person. A knife can be used to heal, or to kill. The user determines the purpose of the tool.
But passion is already within each of us. Our feelings tell us if we’re on the right track or not. This doesn’t mean you should quit your job and ‘just do what you love.’
It means you take things one step at a time.
You’re practical, while listening to your heart, and what makes you come alive.
You work with what you have.
I talk about this in-depth in my book, Do What You Love: Essays on Uncovering Your Path in Life.
How to Find Your Passion – 5 Steps
As Nietzsche put it:
A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.
Look at finding your passion as an experiment.
You have interests (questions).
Follow them and see what happens.
Even though I’ve found my passion, my passion keeps changing.
Life is like a river, constantly changing, and ever flowing, with new things coming through.
This is not a problem.
It only becomes a problem when you think it should be otherwise.
Now, let’s look at the five steps. And remember, these are things that have worked for me. They are not rules. So try them out. Make them your own. Notice what works.
The most important part for me in finding and following my passion is to listen to myself.
You could call this listening to your wisdom, your heart, your calling, or even God. The label is unimportant.
To me it’s like I’m noticing where I’m being nudged.
I follow the positive pulls of life.
I follow the good feeling.
This isn’t living through impulse. I don’t make rash decisions. I use my practical mind. I take time when making decisions, but I do what I love as best as I can.
The best time to listen is when I’m in a clear mood. When I’m in a low mood, everything looks dull and gray. The world seems to be against me. During those times, I know I’m not thinking straight, so I wait. A clearer mood comes along soon enough.
I don’t try to change my low moods, because getting in there and doing something only makes it worse.
(You can read more about the listening process in my follow your heart articles.)
It comes down to learning to navigate independently. Learning to make your own decisions. Here’s a video on this topic:
2. Start Small
While I’m in a good state of mind, I ask myself: What’s the next tiny step I can take in the direction I feel pulled?
When I began writing books, my next step was to join a course, and follow that course as best I could.
The problem begins when you try to do too much. You know you’re trying to do too much when you feel inadequate, frustrated, and lost.
You simply have to do what you can with what you have.
Following my passion is about staying grounded in the present moment. When I notice that I’m feeling bad, I’ve already lost it.
When that happens, I take a break.
I don’t berate myself for feeling bad. I just let it be.
So if thinking big isn’t working for you, think small instead. Follow the breadcrumbs of life. Be practical. Have a goal if you want to. But live life one second at a time.
Here’s a video on following those breadcrumbs:
3. Start Now
When I start anything new, I start before I feel ready (James Clear wrote a good piece on this here).
Now, just a moment ago, I told you to wait for a clearer mood. So why am I now saying to start anyway? Waiting helps clarify in what general direction you want to go. It saves energy, because you aren’t getting caught up in momentary spikes of excitement.
In order to start moving forward, you often have to start before you feel ready, because we have a habit of always thinking we need to learn more.
I know that I’ll never know everything. I may always feel like there’s more I need to learn. Luckily, I also know that I don’t have to take my thoughts seriously.
Just because I think I need to learn more doesn’t make it so.
I know that I’m always feeling my thinking, so when my thoughts change, my feelings change. I might feel confident one moment, and scared the next.
As I take action, I’ll notice what’s true and what’s not.
It is only through challenging my assumptions–because that’s what thoughts are–that I see if something will work or not.
And if you don’t know where to start, start anywhere. If you don’t know what your passion is, start experimenting.
Like a kid in a candy store, you won’t know what your favorite piece of candy is until you start licking stuff.
Here’s a video on having no direction, or feeling lost:
4. Stop Trying to Figure It Out
As human begins, we want to figure things out.
It seems logical to figure things out. But the truth is that figuring things out gets in the way of figuring things out.
As Jack Pransky writes in Somebody Should Have Told Us:
Figuring it out, no matter how hard we try, gets in the way of an answer, which is why we’re trying to figure it out in the first place.
So you may want to get crystal clear on what your passion is. You may want to figure it out. But I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to.
All you have to do is to notice the positive pulls of life, and take each moment as it comes.
I don’t know where I’m going.
I don’t know what’s coming.
And neither do you.
We don’t know if something bad today is a blessing in disguise, so why try to figure it out? Simply do what you can with what you have.
Rumi, the great poet, knew what he was talking about when he said:
Don’t worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?
Sometimes what seems like your life falling apart is your life falling into place.
Here’s a video on overthinking things:
5. Keep Adjusting
Living a passionate life is about realizing that life is not fixed. Passion is not an object you can find and put in your pocket.
Life is constantly changing, and so are you.
You can handle whatever life throws at you, but only if you do it in the present moment.
Remember, you’re always feeling your thinking.
If you entertain fearful thoughts, you will feel fear. It doesn’t mean that the world is scary. It means that your thinking is “scary.”
It’s a sign to not take your thinking so seriously.
To find your passion, notice what you are interested in, take action, and keep adjusting.
That’s the secret formula.
But you may still not feel ready to start. If so, here’s a video:
Now let’s look at a few common questions.
What If You’re Not Passionate About Anything?
If you don’t think you’re passionate about anything, look at your definition of passion.
What expectations do you have?
What do you think passion should look like?
More often than not, your expectations are out of sync with reality. A passion may not set your heart on fire. And it doesn’t have to.
You may not even feel passionate about anything. You may feel interested in things. That interest is a seed, that when watered with your attention, becomes passion, or just more interesting.
So if you don’t think you’re passionate about anything, start with what you’re interested in. Let yourself have fun for once in your life and explore what you want to do.
This doesn’t mean you have to quit your job. You can explore your interests on the side, and see where they lead.
Remember: Tiny steps.
Here’s a more in-depth look at this:
What If You Have Too Many Ideas?
We’re all multi-passionate. We all have many interests. But the good news is that you don’t have to turn every single passion into a business, nor do you have to blend them all together.
The problem isn’t that you have too many ideas. The problem is that you’re unwilling to test them. Having too many ideas just shows that you have a wildly creative mind. And that’s a good thing.
Focus your creative super power on testing your ideas in the real world. Grab one idea that you find interesting, and test it.
Create a tiny product.
When you test an idea, you get more information, and you learn more about yourself.
Here’s a short video on having too many ideas and interests:
What If You’re Exhausted After Work?
Let me put it this way: If you truly want to follow your passion, you will find a way.
If you think finding your passion is a thing you should do, I suggest you drop it. Try living your life for a few weeks. Pretend that the concept of passion doesn’t exist.
You don’t have to do anything.
For me, passion comes down to enjoying this moment.
So play with that. See what happens.
As you stop trying to figure things out, as your mind calms down, answers come.
What If You Don’t Know Where to Start?
When people say “I don’t know where to start,” what I hear is “I don’t know what path to take in order to be successful.”
They’re thinking about how they can get to their final destination.
But it isn’t your job to know where you’re going.
It isn’t your job to figure this out, remember?
If you know what you’re interested in, focus on tiny steps. Forget about results.
Forget about big steps.
We’ve been taught to make something big happen.
Eliminate the made-up pressure. Pressure and stress is a thought that we believe in. In reality, there’s no rush.
You cannot control outcomes. If you try, you’ll end up exhausting yourself.
As is written in the Bhagavad Gita:
Desire for the fruits of one’s actions brings worry about possible failure. When you are preoccupied with end results you pull yourself from the present into an imagined, usually fearful future. Then your anxiety robs your energy and, making matters worse, you lapse into inaction and laziness.
Interesting how that works, isn’t it?
We’re taught that we should control, set goals, and strive. But in reality, doing that gets in the way of what we’re trying to do.
You don’t have to know where you’re going.
You don’t have to know where to start.
You just have to start.
Notice that it’s not not knowing that stops you, but the thought that you should know. It’s a thought. You can take it seriously, or you can smile at it, and do your best.
Here’s a video on saying bye bye to all of it:
What If You’re Afraid to Fail?
While we’re on the topic of thought, it’s not failure you’re afraid of, but the image of failure in your head.
You always experience your thinking.
We don’t feel the world. Our thoughts give us our experience of the world.
So if you’re afraid to fail, you’re feeling fear because of a thought you’re giving attention to. Most people don’t know they’re doing this, but when they realize what’s going on, they see what they’ve been doing all these years.
In the end, you might fail, or you might not. You can’t know what failure looks like. Going bankrupt might be the best thing that ever happened to you. Building a 7-figure business might be the worst thing.
We just can’t know. And that brings us to back to the present moment. You can only do what you can with what you have.
You might fail, but so what? Do you want to let one thought keep you away from following your heart, and doing what you love?
The bottom line is, you can transcend the fear of failure, as I talk about in this short video:
What If You Get Bored Quickly?
Sometimes interests run dry.
Happens to me all the time. But sometimes the boredom is masking an underlying fear.
It’s easier to tell yourself you’re bored than to face up to the fact that you’re afraid of taking it further. Maybe you’re afraid of being vulnerable, of opening yourself up.
Explore the fear.
Grab a pen and a piece of paper and start writing about why you’re bored. What’s the thought that creates boredom? What would happen if you weren’t bored?
What if you kept going?
Sometimes jumping from thing to thing may be a fear of failure. Or it might not. It’s up to you to explore.
Below is a video on what if following your passion doesn’t work out.
What If You Don’t Have Anything to Offer?
The fact that you think that means that you care about what you put out there.
That’s a good sign.
No one on this planet is like you.
No one has the same experiences.
You don’t have to share something you don’t know. All you have to do is share what is true for you.
It’s in sharing your understanding that your message becomes magnetic.
When I get stuck in my thinking, my writing doesn’t flow. I start thinking about how so and so would write this. Should I do this, should I do that.
But when I notice that it’s my thinking, I let it be. I share what I have to say, and that’s that. You don’t have to be perfect when you share your truth, because you’re transmitting a feeling, an experience.
The words are on the surface. The feeling is below the surface.
When you read these words, you get a sense of something. There’s an aroma. A feeling that I transmit.
Can you feel it?
The Secret of Secrets
Sages and wise men have been saying for ages that you are what you seek.
The same holds true here; your passion is not something you have to find, but something you uncover.
You are already on your path. What’s holding you back from living your truth are the ideas you believe. Excuses, fears, worries, and reasons why you can’t do something.
They don’t mean that you can’t do something. They simply mean that you’re using the power of thought to stop yourself.
Now, you don’t have to change your thinking. I’m not saying that at all. I’m saying take a step back and let your thinking do what it does, which is to always keep changing.
Remain in the now, in the present moment.
The problem isn’t your thinking, but your thinking about your thinking.
Like a radio, a new song will come on if you leave it alone. The fixing your thinking, and thinking you have to fix yourself gets in the way of the natural functioning of your being.
Leave it alone. Go do something else.
When you do, new thoughts will bubble to the surface.
And with new thought will come new feelings, and new possibilities.
How I Found My Passion
With all this said, finding your passion doesn’t mean your life will be easy. It hasn’t been for me.
But that doesn’t mean it has to be hard.
What makes anything hard is my thinking. Circumstances have nothing to do with what I feel.
I always feel what I think.
Now, you might say that someone who has cancer would disagree. But haven’t you heard of people who said that cancer was the best thing that happened to them?
Someone could be smiling while taking their last breath.
The difference lies in their thinking.
Finding my passion has been about following my interests. I didn’t know what passion was when I began following my interests in 2002.
I simply explored what made me curious.
That was enough for me.
I read books.
I visited forums.
I talked to people. It was as if life left breadcrumbs for me to follow.
Eventually I stumbled onto poker. Then I stopped playing poker. I began building websites. Then I started this blog. I listened to my audience. I listened to myself. A business grew out of a blog. And it’s still evolving.
It never stops.
And it’s not a problem. Uncertainty doesn’t hold me hostage because I know that I have an inner GPS within me.
In a way, I haven’t found my passion, because it keeps changing. I’m simply living life through my heart.
I notice the nudges of my heart. I listen to my inner wisdom.
Finding my passion for me has meant uncovering my heart. When I am navigating from that place of stillness, I am where I need to be.
There is nowhere else I can be.
That means I am on the right path. I am doing my best. That is all I can ever do.
Let’s have a look at some of the mistakes of finding and following your passion.
Mistake #1: Forgetting Your Wisdom
Finding your passion can feel like a hunt for something, but it’s simply the act of looking within.
In my work, I do my best to point you inward. To see that you already have an innate wisdom guiding you through life.
You simply have to get out of the way, and allow it to help you. To get out of the way by not taking your thoughts too seriously.
Thoughts will still come. They never stop. The key is that you don’t have to think about your thoughts. You don’t have to interpret life.
You don’t have to fix yourself.
Let it be.
Your job is to live life.
Not to control it.
So a big mistake is to forget your wisdom. When you forget, you start looking to others for answers. You start thinking that you have to do something drastic to be happy.
You know you’re doing this because it feels confusing.
You’re looking for what you already are.
Mistake #2: Standing Still
Some people say: “Won’t I just sit on the couch doing nothing if I calm my mind? I need anxiety to take action, right?”
I’ve never seen that to be true.
Sure, people who are anxious get stuff done, but is it sustainable? Is it how you want to live life?
When I feel great, when I’m in touch with my wisdom, I can’t wait to experience the world. I can’t wait to write, create, and explore.
That is the energy of inspiration.
This doesn’t mean I don’t get work done when I feel bad. It just means that I prefer to feel inspired.
Mistake #3: Letting Moods Rule You
We all have bad days.
What you may not have been told is that when you feel bad, it’s merely a signal that you can’t trust your thinking.
When you have a bad day, you feel a sense of urgency to act. You feel like you need to fix your whole life. Everything seems wrong.
In reality, nothing is wrong.
What’s wrong is your thinking.
Your thinking gives you the feeling of urgency and insecurity.
When this happens, I don’t do anything (mentally). I get out of the way. I take a break. I take a walk. Whatever I feel like.
Now, sometimes I have to get work done. When that happens, I’m aware that my low mood is skewing my thinking. That in itself helps me take action, because I don’t take my thinking as personally.
I’m less likely to overreact.
If you feel like giving up, which we all do from time to time, watch this video:
Mistake #4: Being in a Hurry
Being in a hurry is a symptom of entertaining insecure thoughts.
Why would you be in a hurry if you already had everything you needed?
We want to accomplish goals, and get somewhere, so we can feel something. But remember, our feelings come from our thinking.
Not from the outside world.
Accomplishing more won’t make you feel something. Not in the long-term.
You have innate wellbeing within you, it’s just hidden behind all of those thoughts. All of the shoulds, musts, and have-to’s.
I’ve noticed that when I’m not in a hurry, I get more done. When I enjoy where I am, I’m happier.
Now you might say, “Well, I’m not happy where I am, so my situation is different.”
But it’s not.
Your thinking is what gives you your current experience. That doesn’t mean you suddenly love a job you don’t like.
It means you make the best of what you have. You do what you can. And you notice that you don’t have to make it harder than it is.
What I’m talking about is not a quick fix, but a different way of seeing the world. A more wholesome way of living.
It may take time to sink in.
You may notice changes right away. I don’t know.
I’m just here to plant the seed.
If All Else Fails, Watch This
If you’ve been trying to find your passion or purpose, and you’re stuck, stop looking.
You don’t have to find perfection, you just have to start tasting and enjoying life.
It is through experimenting and trying things that your passion will reveal itself to you.
Here’s a video on this:
If You Remember Nothing Else, Remember This
You have the answers within you.
It may not feel like you do, but they are there.
You have insights just like anyone else. You’ve had moments where everything makes sense. You’ve had a-ha moments.
Those are signs of you getting in touch with your inner wisdom. It’s trying to figure things out that gets in the way of figuring things out. When you let go of control, things flow.
You don’t have to force results, or answers.
Let the answers come when they come.
You just let go, and do your best. That is enough. Now, go out and test the ideas in this article. Don’t believe a word of what I’ve said.
Apply what you’ve learned, and listen to your wisdom.
This article has come from my wisdom, my inspiration, but I’m not living your life.
All the best,
P.S. If you’re interested in diving deeper into finding your passion, I invite you to check out my book Find Your Passion: 25 Questions You Must Ask Yourself
I think it is all great.
And I hate this sentiment: The truth of the matter is that you already have the answers; you’re just getting in your own way.
So my frustration is because I am a fool or lying to myself? Which I’m pretty sure you didn’t mean to say or imply. But that is what that sentiment says to me.
The way that sentiment works in my life is that when I am getting in my own way, I’m thinking too much. Trying to figure things out. I end up frustrated, and feeling lost. My searching for answers gets in the way of them.
So no, you are not a fool. At least not the way I see it. You are doing the best with what you have. We all are.
Yet in another way, I have certainly been a fool plenty of times in my life. I’ve lied to myself by believing my own assumptions. I see this as a good thing, because it means I’m noticing how I’m creating my experience of life.
Miss Aussie says
Henri, you are soooo on the money. Keep up your excellent work.
Diana Reid says
Hi Henri, what a great comprehensive mega post about passion and everything about it!! Thats why I love your work straight forward easy to follow advice, with huge value people can take away to make a difference in their lives!
Thanks Diana 🙂
Henry, this is one of the best articles I’ve read about passion. Thank you for the wisdom and thank you for sharing your experiences and insights so generously with us. I know that the seeds will bear great fruit, it already has. Be blessed.
Glad to hear your liked it, Elize! I appreciate you leaving a comment.
Steve Roy says
Holy smokes Henri! This is one stacked mother-effing post! You offer your readers so many ideas and tools to help them live happier lives and I commend you for that.
Thanks Steve. It was fun to put this post together.
Henri, this post spoke to me in so many ways.
My favourite quote from this post (and there are many that I loved) is, “The problem isn’t that you have too many ideas. The problem is that you’re unwilling to test them.”
Yikes! I think I needed to hear that.
Thanks a bunch for the inspiration to: Just. Try. Something. 🙂
Yes! Just start. With anything. But just start 🙂
Miss Aussie says
Leesa, you took the words right out of my fingers.
Hi Henri, some good advise here. I love long and comprehensive posts!
One piece of advise that has helped me to discover my passion came from Danielle La Porte’s book Firestarter Sessions. She recommends to imagine a subject you could talk about all night with other like minded people. What would that be? For a long time I thought my passion was design, but after reading Danielle’s book I discovered that design is just my job. The real passion is travel! Ha, who would have known!
A great tip. Thanks for sharing that!
I can relate for this article with firsthand experience. I have been through so much in my recent years. A while back, my life was in a downward spiral; because of the reasons that are written about- (I had become my own worst enemy)… More recently, Things had taken a serious upturn; all for what is said above as well- (I was sick and tired of being sick and tired, and I stopped getting in my own way.) And I’m not going to say I’m doing the best I’ve ever been, but certainly a lot better now than the way I was before. I got rid of my old ways and started living for TODAY. Introspect is what so much comes down to. People say “Do what you love, and success will follow”. I say do what you need to do to be happy, then you will be doing what you love, and all the rest should fall into place. Respect…
A great perspective and story. Thanks for sharing that, Brad!
Glad you like the blog. And thanks for dropping by, D 🙂
Wow! thanks a lot
When I reflect on my life and where I am currently… this information is wonderful (news). It takes what I’ve been practicing in my life, and gives it a (higher), and intense nudge. Feels great! Knowledge is key, and knowing is half the battle.
Hi Henri, I’m from Iran and thanks a lot. i think your thoughts are
simple and useful.
thanks a lot
Cynthia Jones says
The post is nicely written but I would like to know more of the exacts. What books did you read..and what did you determine your passion to be or did you find that passion wasn’t necessary for you?
You can learn many of the specifics by reading my other articles (I have quite a few here), and checking out my YouTube videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/henrijunttila/videos
cindy coster says
Thank You, I’m passionate about finding my passion, you are the help i find along the way. I truly admire your inner wisdom. Respectfully, cindy coster
Larry Steward says
I’m sharing this comprehensive post with my Coaching Connection group. Your wisdom deserves to shared wide and far. Keep up the good work Henri!
Thanks Larry. Appreciate it!
I’ve been a member of your community for a while now. Each time I read a post, I always left here with a different mindset, a new set of thoughts and ways to handle my life and my passion. I’m a person with a passion in lifestyle and currently writing a book on it. I won’t deny this; your articles are part of what shapes and forms my outlook about passion and lifestyle. And you’re correct about how people who say passion isn’t enough.
Indeed, they’re wrong.
And I agree with you here on so many points; especially the fact that concentrating on our thoughts is what controls us (something I’m especially good at), and the reason why I’m yet to start my online business, as I recently told Pat Flynn, is all because of the thoughts of failure and fear of failing that’s ruining my life.
For the record, this is my first time of commenting here. Why did I feel compelled to comment? Because it felt like you stole the words out of me and created this article just for me.
Thank you, Henri, for following your passion which you’re using as a direction for us today.
Thanks for commenting, and for sharing. It’s always great to hear from people like yourself, who are on the right track, and just about to realize how much fun life can be. And that’s the word that comes to me–fun. We forget to have fun with our fears, and our thoughts. We forget to relax into even the (seemingly) dark places within our being.
Sometimes when I get sucked into a riptide of fear, and I wake up right in it, I can’t but smile. The fear is there. I can feel it. But I know it doesn’t hold any inherent power. I embrace it. I let it take over my body. And there’s nothing there.
So I’d suggest you look at your fears from a slightly different perspective: Your thoughts of failure are waking you up to your purpose in life. They are bubbling up to the surface so you can learn to embrace them. Not get rid of them, but simply let them be.
Thanks again, Tessa. Keep rocking in joy and fear 🙂
A big congratulations and THANKYOU on what you’ve created with this site. You are reaching out, encouraging and inspiring so many people (including myself) by being your yourself and sharing your knowledge and ideas. After waking up early in the morning, mind buzzing, I couldn’t get back to sleep (frustrating but common lately) After pulling out my phone I stumbled across an article online and then your site… You describe most of the thoughts that have been running through my head lately I.e Passion and purpose. For the last few hours I have been glued to reading as much as possible!!I am a lot calmer now and content with letting the many resonating thoughts sit and do their thing! Thank you so much again. All the best! Talitha
That’s fantastic, Talitha. And thank you for the kind words. I’m glad to hear you’re calmer. There truly is no rush, and no need to listen to everything our mind comes up with.
Great post. This is the third time I read this in-depth article. Your main points are explained perfectly well. You share insightful tips and that’s because you know a lot about passion topic.
Is this saying correct? Follow your passion and create a business. Choose a niche within your passion to be successful.
Thanks again for investing you precious time to write this cool post.
Good to hear you’ve read the article several times. I update it frequently to keep it up to date, and to add any new findings.
The saying is correct if you want it to be. You don’t necessarily have to follow your passion to be successful.
Thanks for the comment!
Sandeep Salveru says
Excellent Henry, the reference you took from Bhagavad Gita is awesome and very motivating.
You are doing a great job by making people’s life happier, really appreciate you so much.
Thanks for your post. How did you get through difficult work responsibilities while feeling low? This semester I have had to work with large groups of people in 3 of my classes, and this would be draining for me (pretty introverted) no matter the situation, but especially this semester as I’ve felt low about my future career options. How did you push forward with these responsibilities, while also being kind to yourself & exploring passions?
What helped me was to see that the situation didn’t have as much effect on me as I thought. We never feel the situation. We feel our thoughts about what is going on. So in order for you to feel low about your future career options, you have to tell yourself a story, and then you have to believe that story. But how often has your mind told you a story that wasn’t true? If you’re anything like me, that’s the vast majority of the time. I’m also what you would call an introvert, so another angle is looking at how I’m draining myself in interactions.
Sometimes in similar interactions I feel drained, and sometimes I don’t. Why is that? Because of my thinking going up and down. It’s natural and normal. So I simply do my best. No need to be hard on myself. Being kind to myself is seeing that my experience comes from within me. I don’t have to change it. I just have to notice it.
So if I have to do something, and I don’t really want to, I do my best to be in the present moment. I don’t have to listen to thoughts that say that something is wrong, or I don’t want to do this. I simply do it, while being aware of my body, mind, and whatever is going on around me.
Hope this helps! 🙂
Its true. Passion has become monitized in our minds Iike a plateau we must reach in life. Passion as it relates to what seems like tangible goals only through strife and immense effort are relative to money and purpose just like you said, but do they matter? We give meaning to everything, we are constantly seeking to fill a void. It made me wonder where the void started and where it come from? As children we are easily inspired, courageous, and creative. We are passionate by default, born with the same insatiable hunger of nature to expand and evolve. The inheritantly quality of being innocent and in awe transmutes passion beyond the word, into a language and a story.
This morning I reflected on what we are naturally drawn to and I thought of the story of a sunflower and how it is naturally drawn to follow the path of the sun. If we surrender the duty of passion into a involuntary organic force we can at the very least honor the part of ourselves that knows the way.
I like your suggestion of having a clear channel to give birth to new ideas and allow energy to fulfill that space of fresh awareness. Also allowing our curiosity to become our compass. Modern society has distracted us in our natural flow, when you look at our ancestors who maintained a high level of reciprocity between their soul and nature and the collective. They sang, danced, and it makes you realize if its in our nature to be creative, its in our nature to be passionate. As I strive to find out my own passions and happiness its almost like going home to ourselves, finding our way back to whats true, without judgement, reason and definition.
Thank you for your brilliant article and being a wisdom keeper, you’re right in that it’s all a matter of perspective. I guess we have to return to closing our eyes, to see..
Nicely put, Kristina. Thank you for taking the time to read and share!
Well done Henri. A great message and thank you for sharing.
I feel most of us have it wrong, in that we are so preoccupied with our bodies (going to the gym etc) and yet, we are mentally obese. We have never really learned how to think or train the mind.
A small hint of this is the interaction of thoughts and feelings.
I like that line: “we are always feeling our thoughts.”
Imagine for one day, every thought we think comes true.
We would suddenly have to be very careful what we think…
Hehe, yes indeed!