Stop Searching For Your Passion

Terry Trespicio is a writer and branding consultant. She gave a fabulous TED talk entitled, "Stop Searching For Your Passion." She describes passion happens when "your energy and efforts meet someone's need." Giving your full attention and energy to the task in front of you is the best way to fuel success and consequently ignite passion. We are so focused in this society on labels and destinations. Social media and social conversation demand brands, titles, interests (passions) and links to websites and blogs, etc. As a society we loose the value and momentum found in the journey, the process. 

As a stay at home mom, the environment and the responsibilities involved are limiting at times. There are days when daydreaming of future professional endeavors are inevitable. Life becomes monotonous and tired with many a job over time. It's important to remember that reinventing yourself can happen at any stage. It may begin with a hobby or some freelance work. When the time is right you then build on your progress and establish your professional self. Timing is everything.

I've taken a few unexpected u-turns over the years. At first it seemed like I had charted of course, when really I was just taking the road less traveled. My advice? Take on unexpected challenges. At some point, get a job in the service industry, even if it's temporary. With every opportunity remember experience is what you get when you don't get what you want. Develop a thick skin. Volunteer. Be creative. Reflect on your progress. Seek out mentors and networks. And ALWAYS follow your gut! Your instincts will take you places you've never been and provide satisfaction in your successes.

"Throw yourself into life as someone who makes a difference, accepting that you may not understand how or why."-Benjamin Zander


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