Trying to find your passion? Act like a kid


When it comes to finding your passion, it helps to think in terms of discovery: start by being curious, trying new things, and seeing what sticks.

And while much is written about how to do this, we can learn a lot from the masters of discovery: children.

On Quora, a reader asked, “What should I do with my life?” Entrepreneur Oliver Pemberton suggested acting like a child.

Kids are geniuses

We rarely prize people for acting like a child. The world is forever telling us to “grow up” and “take responsibility”, as if anything else is a bug in the system. On the contrary – childish behaviour can be quite brilliant.

  • Kids try many things. Stupid things, like eating soil or rollerskating on ice. But they’re fearless and relentless.
  • Kids don’t know what they don’t know. So they question everything.
  • Kids are easily bored. They live in fantasy worlds because present reality is limiting.

Such behaviour is spectacularly good at figuring out the world and your part in it. Acting like a kid is a brilliant way to explore your boundaries and deduce your strengths. Ideally, your childhood is when you stumble upon your passions, leaving your adult years to focus on them.

Read the rest of his response on Quora.

How can you embrace your inner kid to discover your passion? Go play. Try different things to see what you enjoy.

What tips or tricks help you discover and pursue your passions? Share them in the comments.

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  1. Vijay Kallugudde on

    Thanks for such a lovely article.. i want to chase my passion, my dreams,
    In my life often people told me.. I am childish, one wedding proposal broke because girl thought I am very childish & not serious about life, yesterday my manager said. “grow up”
    now i am feeling much more confident. i want to behave, how i iike to be, i will not bother about people henceforth.. i want to explore my dreams & become what I want to be.. Thanks you made my day !!!

  2. Pingback: 4 questions to ask yourself when pursuing your passion | Idealist Careers

  3. wonderful article,thank you for sharing it with us. its nothing but a simple answer to many big questions of our life 🙂

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