“I don’t have a passion for anything. How can I find my passion?”
Finding ones passion seems to be a burden that afflict most of my generation and the new ones seem not to be immune to it.
However, passion IS important. If you want to do great things in your life you will need to grind and toil. More meaningful does not typically mean more pleasant. There is no shortcut for greatness. Without passion you will burnout at some point. Passion is what will keep you in the race until the end.
Passion is not discovered, it’s created.
To create your passion the first step is curiosity. You must cultivate your curiosity and then amplify it into passion. Curiosity seems to be one of the key ingredients of geniality like Walter Isaacson states in his Leonardo Da Vinci biography:
"Seek knowledge for its own sake. Not all knowledge needs to be useful. Sometimes it should be pursued for pure pleasure. Leonardo did not need to know how heart valves work to paint the Mona Lisa, nor did he need to figure out how fossils got to the top of mountains to produce Virgin of the Rocks. By allowing himself to be driven by pure curiosity, he got to explore more horizons and see more connections than anyone else of his era."
In the book “The Art of Impossible”, Steven Kotler describes an amazing exercise to cultivate your curiosity:
1. Start by writing down twenty-five things you’re curious about. And by curious, all I mean is that if you had a spare weekend, you’d be interested in reading a couple of books on the topic, attending a few lectures, and maybe having a conversation or two with an expert.
2. Look for the places where these twenty-five ideas intersect. The point is that curiosity, by itself, is not enough to create true passion. There’s just not enough neurochemistry being produced for the motivation you require. Instead, you want to look for places where three or four items on your curiosity list intersect.
3. Play in those intersections for a little while. Devote twenty to thirty minutes a day to listening to podcasts, watching videos, reading articles, books, whatever, on any aspect of that overlap.
The goal is to feed those curiosities a little bit at a time, and feed them on a daily basis. This slow-growth strategy takes advantage of the brain’s inherent learning software. When you advance your knowledge a little bit at a time, you’re giving your adaptive unconscious a chance to process that information.
Stop searching for your passion. Learn to cultivate curiosity, amplify it into passion, and transform the results into purpose.
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