Finding Your Purpose #6: Experiment
Posted by Jeff Jochum on Monday, March 20, 2017
[Originally published on my Facebook group: Unique Brand University]
When looking for your passion, a good idea is to try out roles you’ve never had before and work on areas you’ve never worked on. You might have a natural talent for something and enjoy certain activities a great deal, but you never know until you try. Some people discover they like to organize events the first time they are involved in it.
You might not know you love teaching or training until you go and train people. Or maybe you think you might want to work on a particular field, but you’re not sure. Trying them out will get you the answer. It could also be that you have an idea that you might like to pursue a career on a certain field, but when getting your hands dirty you will find it’s not for you after all.
Remember, only those who seek will find and you’ve got to go out there to find your passion. As you don’t have time to try out everything in this world, you have to make a choice. It would help if you could identify a few possible paths for you first, and then go and try them out for some time. If you have trouble identifying those paths, go back to our life purpose tip no.2 and try to answer some of those questions.
Once you’ve made a list of areas where your passion may lie, get first hand experience in all of them.
Some ideas for getting a chance to experiment and try things out:
- Join a not-for-profit organization where you can get various responsibilities and be involved while not giving up your day job. Pick an organization which has a mission that’s close to your heart.
- Browse around the internet for volunteering opportunities. A good website for that is idealist.org
- Contact people who are doing the things that you find interesting. Explain your situation, and ask them questions about what they do. Try to shadow them while they work or ask if you can work for them for free for some amount of time. People are mostly generous, you might be surprised by the response.
- Read everything you can get your hands on about the subjects you listed. You will get bored quickly about areas you are not so passionate about, and will feel energized and fascinated about the new information on topics close to your heart.
After you’ve tried out different possibilities, you will get clarity on which one of those was your true passion.
You might hit the jackpot already with the first possible path and fall in love with it, or you might discover that none of those is really for you. That’s all right too, at least you have eliminated those as options and you can stop wasting your time on them and can explore new pathways.
[Content Attribution: Unknown author – e-book published by The One Question in 2010]