Before you follow your passion, find it

In tips on February 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm

America is known as the land of the free. The place to achieve the American dream. The place we are led to believe where we can reach out and touch the sky. But in reality how many people do we know that are actually doing exactly what they love and not just trying to get by?

America is at a turning point. With the amount of unemployed people, a distrust for big companies or the “corporate ladder” and a new generation of Millennials beginning to lead the way…people are turning to doing those things that make them feel good about themselves. Not because they have to but because they want to.

Many people are making careers out of their hobbies and many are changing careers in search of a purpose.

This 2011, while it is unrealistic to ditch your job in search of what many might consider a pipe dream, try to find time to do what you love aside from your 9-5. Whether that is helping people by volunteering, writing that book or starting that blog you’ve always wanted, or perhaps teaching others a skill/talent. You will notice that while this may not make money at first it will compensate you in other ways that will make you feel great about yourself.

Don’t believe me? Even magazines like the October 2010 issue of Inc. have portrayed great stories where people are living their dream and are truly going after their passion but even more incredible…they are making a living out of it. Many believe following their dream or passion is a gutsy and risky thing done primarily by entrepreneurs.

While this may be easy advice for many focused Latinas to follow, the concern lies in the larger amount of Latinas who don’t even know what their passion actually is. Here are four tips that can guide you and get you started in finding your passion.

1.    Ask yourself, what are you really good at? Or what really excites you? Is there something that you have
secretly dreamed of but have never really pursued?

  • Perhaps there is a topic you find yourself reading a lot about

2.    Find the time to bring that passion you have just identified to life. “I don’t have time” is just an excuse.

3.    Get better at it. Practice. Experiment. Volunteer somewhere to perfect it and attend seminars. Reading
books/articles on it can only make you better.

4.    Once you feel comfortable. Try to make a profit or a business out of it.  Just like Confucius once said:
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

To sum it up, there are many ways, dreams and roads open to you to fulfill your desires in creating a better life for yourself and achieve happiness. You just need to identify those signs and allow them to enter your life.

The bottom line is in your commitment to invest in yourself, your access to the necessary resources and tools, and your continued passion. As long as you have those, anything is possible!

  1. Loved this article! It is always so easy to say “follow your passion” but the question always lies “what is my passion?” very true and very inspiring. Thank you!

    • Thanks Felipe! Glad you liked the article and came to visit Latinas Y Punto. This article is right up your ally as you are definitely beginning to live your passion with WorthKitchen. Congratulations on sharing your passion with the world. For anyone who would like to be inspired by Felipe’s passion check it out:

  2. At just 22-years-old, I feel like I am already at a mid-life crisis. I know what I want and I know obtaining it won’t be easy…yet, here I am feeling loss because no matter how hard I work the results are not coming as quickly as I would like. I have found myself losing track of my first passion – writing – and settling for what is easy when in reality I know I will look back and be disappointed.

    Thank you for this article because it has truly helped me put things into perspective during this time before post-grad comes knocking on my door!

    • Hi Ash,

      Thank you so much for commenting and visiting the blog. It’s really touching to know I have helped you put things into perspective. I also had a chance to read your blog post titled “waiting for what?” and to be honest it’s okay not to have the answers or a ‘yes’ right away. Maybe this is happening so you can learn from it. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back analyze what you’ve been doing and see where you can improve. You may not know why things are happening the way they are but do know that ‘everything happens for a reason’.

      Once again good luck with getting the answers you need and hope to see you again at Latinas y Punto!

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