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  2. I LOVE this article. I’d already decided that trying to find my “passion” wasn’t working for me. Indeed, much time has been lost trying to fit that bill, wondering what was wrong with me that I didn’t have a “passion”, and trying to find one.

  3. This really speaks to me, but it also raises a question. What if you spend time engaging with a field/topic you were curious about only to discover that you hate it? Granted, hate is a type of passion, but it can be very discouraging. (I’m watching someone close to me basically go through something like this right now, and I’d love to be able to share some sort of helpful/encouraging info.)

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  7. My passion surfaced over time, noticeably when I was a teen. I had a difficult few years but, they gave me empathy and understanding for young people. Later, I started college to study business. Even though it was a practical goal, I noticed I wasn’t as attracted to reading the business section of the newspaper as I was in learning how business, economy and social change were impacting people’s lives. I graduated with a BA in sociology and a minor in business. A few years ago I started my own company tutoring incarcerated youth in literacy and teaching work-readiness in a garden. I feel humbly powerful when a student who doesn’t read comes to love it or, when one thanks me. I recently made another leap toward true passion. I went through books I’ve collected and taught from and it was clear to me that my most passionate work has a spiritual center. So, I’m writing to educate young people in noticing and listening with ears and heart for who they are and how they will uniquely help others and change the world for good. I have a dream to create employment services for young adults. When I imagine how hugely that will impact their lives, my passion is stirred.

  8. I agree. How do you find your passion. Without trying things. My whole life. I be been trying to find meaning and it seems like any work that requires giving such as volunteering and putting yourself in the center for people to use
    your skills and give because it allows you to understand
    People. And understand that we are the same and we need that same type of love and nurturing and growth. I’m trying to get into meditation/ Zen practice. I believe this will allow me to help myself as well as others.

    • This article is good but contradictory at the same time. People are expert in complicating matters. First you are attracted to a particular field or subject. Second because you are attracted to it you engage your time to do more research about your new attraction. The more you learn, the more you discover, the better you become in your area.

      “follow your passion” is wrong and then you say “Passion is nothing more than curiosity and engagement over time.” well do you understand what you wrote here?

      Isn’t it that because you are curious about something that you decide to engage your time to research it? And engaging yourself to discover more about what you are curious about is not that called “follow your passion?”

      Passion according to the dictionary is “any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling,…”

      When the thing you are curious about becomes a powerful or compelling emotion in such as way that you pursue it “over time”, this means that you are following your passion.

      I’m sorry but the article misleads people here into understanding what’s passion. You say something good and then you deny it.

  9. This article profoundly spoke to me. I am 55 years old and preparing to return to school to complete a bachelor’s degree and continue on to obtain a masters in a totally new profession. I have been a nurse for 30 years and am now going to study information and library sciences. Looking back i finally realized that helping others will always be part of what I do, but I had to discover how to do this in another way. I say be patient with yourselves and your decisions in your quest to cultivate your passion. Don’t allow anything or anyone to set limits on when and how you arrive at your place of contentment and happiness. It belongs to you. Enjoy the journey!

  10. Although, I agree with the writer Ryan Chatteron curiosity + engagement + time will equate too passion at the same token, unlike he and Philosopher John Locke declared, ” We are not born with a blank slate”. We have certain attributes and desires given our DNA, consciousness and environment. There is no coincidence that some of us are better at singing than others and others are better at accounting and so forth. Furthermore, If we don’t become too engrossed in our basic daily survival needs as this society has governed for us too become. We will access the courage to delve into what we are most curious about and willing too engage our time and effort as well. In the long haul that will lead us into and onto our Divine purpose.

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