Passion. Life purpose. Meaning. The big goal. Life calling. As I was reading on the subject over the years, I struggled to summarise what I learnt in one neat action plan. Mark Manson did it and did it really well. So I now lean on his ideas and insight on the subject.
I already posted one of his best posts on finding passion here. Mark says that passion is not something we receive, it’s not some sort of enlightenment that we wait for, we work towards it and find it through action. In his other post on the subject Screw finding your passion, Mark goes further and says that actually we already found our passion and are living it daily, we are just ignoring it – because of how we think about it.
The problem with how we think is revealed by Dan Gilbert in the Ted talk below. Biased thinking blinding us to what we know and have already, leading us to give up on what is important to us before we even try. I’ve got bad news, folks – if like me you are ‘looking for passion’, you may not be really looking and just avoiding any action. In which case the best and most urgent advice is to just do it – but we’ve known it all along, didn’t we? Baby steps – I refer you to the quote in the beginning of this post.