How to Develop Your Passion

Do you ever find yourself asking or saying:

“I’m frustrated and feeling stuck in my business/career.”

“WTF am I supposed to be doing with my life?”

We all have those moments in life when we feel stuck, frustrated and confused. The sad part is, so many don’t even realize something is missing. They just go through life, living day-to-day in their routines. They aren’t clear on what they want, what they love, or where they’re headed. Most people drift through life without devoting much thought to figuring out what their passion is or how to develop it.

The word passion derives from Latin root pati, which means ‘to suffer’. Passion is what pushes you to pursue something despite any pain, fear, or doubt.

People assume they will just find their passion, like they will turn the corner and passion will be standing right there in front of them asking: “Where have you been all my life?”

Passion isn’t some fully formed thing that just lands in your lap. It starts as an interest or curiosity, something that ignites a spark. To develop it, you have to fan the flame. You have to take action.

Have you ever met someone and when you ask what they do, they talk about it with an overwhelming sense of alacrity and enthusiasm? They don’t shut up about it. That, my friend, is fully developed passion. They put in the work for it. They took action; they pursued it. They never gave up on it no matter how difficult or frustrating it got.

One of my passions is animal rescue. I’ve always been an animal lover, but that was about it. Then I adopted my first dog and became friends with her foster on Facebook. I started seeing pictures of all of the animals in our shelters. Cue the spark. As I began to see more and more of this, I became more and more interested. I started donating, networking, fostering. I took some serious ass action and co-founded a 501c3 nonprofit animal rescue.

Here’s the thing, I knew jack shit about starting a nonprofit, but I had developed a passion for animal rescue over the years, and I was resourceful enough to figure it out and execute on it. Nothing was going to stop me- not my lack of experience in the nonprofit world; not lack of funds; not knowing tax laws and regulations as they apply to a public charity; not having any volunteers or donors. Nothing. I was going to save lives, damn it, come hell or high water.

Another passion of mine is inspiring people to achieve the things they never thought were possible and helping them use their own passions and expertise to make a difference in the world. This not only developed into a passion; it has become my life’s mission.

So how do you develop your passion?

  1. Wake up. Awareness is key. Pay attention to your life and surroundings. Be mindful of opportunities that present themselves. Notice the spark. It will likely come from an unexpected place, person, or situation.

It’s not easy to develop a passion. It can be quite elusive, but it’s not unattainable. It’s uncovered through inspiration and developed by action. You have to be willing to put in the work. You find what you like, and if you keep at it, it becomes what you love, what you crave; what you obsess about; what you’ll fight for; what gives you meaning.


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Writer & NLP Certified Coach. I teach people how to realize their greatest potential and use their gifts to make a difference in the world. I also save animals.

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