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When you think back to when you were a kid, can you remember how much you loved your hobbies? Maybe it was collecting Star Wars figures, playing Super Mario Brothers on your Nintendo, or riding your BMX bike.

Whatever it was, you were probably consumed by it. I remember back in 1985, the year that Roger Clemens rookie baseball card was issued. I was a huge card collector and spent what little money I had on packs of cards.

I remember buying box after box of Fleer and Donross wax packs desperately hoping I would find one of his valuable rookie cards. When I finally found one, I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wait to show off my new find to all of my friends.

I spent about 6 years collecting cards, going to trade shows every weekend, and trading cards with my neighbors every chance I got. Talk about having a passion for something, this was mine!

The point is, we all have a passion for something, even if we’ve forgotten what it is. Sometimes it takes a deep look into our past to find what we really love to do.

When we find the thing(s) that truly gets our hearts pumping and minds racing, we should consider ourselves blessed. Finding a passion in life, something you could do every day without getting paid, is something we ALL should strive for.

A Great Exercise

I read a great article recently by Steve Pavlina titled “How to discover your life purpose in about 20 minutes“, in which he discusses a simple, yet profound exercise for discovering your purpose.

The exercise consists of writing down answers to the question “what is my true purpose in life”. When you come to the answer that makes you cry, you have found it. Now this may seem a bit hokey, but it’s actually very powerful.

I believe there is a strong correlation between your life purpose and what you’re most passionate about. After all, how can we live our true calling if were’ not  passionate about it?

Deep within everyone lies a passion that we value above all else.  If it takes an exercise like this to help us figure it out, then so be it. Finding something that moves you enough emotionally to bring you to tears is a gift.

Discovering Your Passion

Finding a passion in life is all about discovering what makes you feel great inside. If you can find something that keeps you up at night because you’re so excited about the future, you should be very thankful.

I’ve heard many people say they don’t have a real passion for anything, and I how frustrating that can be. We want to really believe that we are here on earth for a reason and when we don’t know what that is, it’s frustrating. There are countless books (many of which I’ve read), about how to discover your passion or your purpose.

It May Be Harder Than You Think…

It seems like such an easy thing to figure out. What do I LOVE to do and how can I make it my life’s work? In my experience, it’s actually much more difficult than it seems. We all like certain things, have interests, and enjoy hobbies, but that’s not enough.

I had never even thought about my purpose here or what I was really passionate about until I was in my thirties. Only then did I start to do some serious soul searching. The scariest part is when your search comes up empty. That was me. I did research until I was so sick of reading about “how to find your passion”, that I gave up.

As it turned out, my passion was right in front of my face. And now I write about it on this blog.

For me, I can’t think of anything more important than having a lifestyle that affords me more time with my young daughters. Working a 9 to 5 job is destroying this goal of mine and is doing the same to millions of others.

My philosophy is simple: Don’t waste your life doing something you don’t want to. Find what you love to do and find a way to make it your life’s work.

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