One of the most common issue we all face is finding our passion. We enjoy certain activities and have interests in certain topics but we don’t necessarily love it enough to call it our passion.

From freshmen year in college till not too long ago, I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do with my life. I’ve switched majors from computer engineering to business administration to health science to general marketing to finance. I’ve even obtained a life insurance license because I thought becoming a financial adviser was my passion. I joined the U.S Army Reserves because at the time I was at a slump in my life. I hated that I was wasting time in school not knowing what I wanted to become. I thought maybe school wasn’t for me. At the time, I had a few friends who were also enlisting in the U.S. Army as well. I saw this as an opportunity for me to embrace change and find out more about myself. Maybe I enjoy physical activities more than academics. I had nothing to lose at that point.

After coming out from training, I had gained so much more than I expected. I’ll talk more about that on another post. However, I still had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. The truth was even after joining the Army, I had no idea what my passion was. So for three years I kept searching, but I had no idea what made me happy. I knew partying, drinking, singing, and playing games made me happy, but I couldn’t see myself as a professional singer, nor a gamer. Those were just hobbies I enjoyed.

It was not too long ago that I bought a moleskin journal and decided to write down my thoughts. I was never good at remembering things so I knew writing it down would help me a lot. I spent hours, days, weeks, and months thinking and writing down things such as

1. What I am good at
2. Things I do not like
3. Things I do like

I was able to find out what kind of person I am and discovered what I truly enjoy. What I want you to get out of this post is to Invest In Yourself. Do not be lazy, or make any excuses such as I have no time. I will never forget what my friend told me “You spend 24 hours 7 days a week with yourself, discovering yourself should be the most time you have”.

Take the time to sit down at a cafe or at a park and write down the three I mentioned above. This is the initial stepping stone to finding your passion by eliminating jobs that consists of things you dislike, and finding a job that includes things you like and that fits your strengths.

“Too many people want to be something versus recognizing what they are. Understand yourself first, what are you good at? What do you like? Self awareness is key.”

– Gary Vaynerchuk

What would you enjoy doing for someone for free for the rest of your life?


Published by daniel lee