Trying To Discover Your Passion? Identify What You Hate.

Most of the students often face the stage in life where they wonder what exactly their passion is. Not just students, in most of the cases, even adults face this question “I don’t know what my passion is.”

“I can’t figure out what I love to do.”

Here’s a quick test- Within 3 seconds, answer yourself ‘What is your passion’? If you can answer it then eureka! You’re in the right track. If not, then you should know your passion and believe us when we say that you’re not alone. Every 2 out of 4 people in this world are unaware of their passion.

“Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind body and soul into something as is possible.” As told in urban dictionary.

We give you another strategy to realize your passion, ask yourself: What do I hate?

For people who consider “hate” too strong of a word to be used: What do I really dislike?

Those activities you can’t stand doing can be great clues into what you might actually love doing. It will connect the dots and help you understand what drives you in. If you haven’t been graced with a “wow!” moment leading to the purpose of your life, rest assured, you can still lead a happy, satisfied life. You can even find yourself a job you enjoy. At the very least, assessing your dislikes can keep you more oriented in your efforts.

Think about these questions and answer them-

What type of activities do I always dislike doing in professional as well as personal life?

Typically, the things you put off are the things you enjoy the least, are the most time consuming, drain your energy the most. It makes sense to pursue the opportunities that have the least amount of those!

Now, why do I put them off?

Create a list of what things you put off and further figure out on why you may be doing so. Try to understand why that particular activity drains your energy. The reason you put it off might be due to a situational or environmental factor. For example, maybe it’s the time of day that you scheduled doing it, or it involves interaction with a person you don’t really like. Before you completely dismiss the activity completely, see if it can be tweaked and made more bearable. If not, add it to your “dislike” list.

You can probably decipher common characteristics such as interpersonal relationships, communication skills, and follow-up. What does that tell you about the types of jobs you may want to stay away from? What is it about those activities that don’t work for you? Just as importantly, ask yourself if it is feasible for your to stay away from those activities, or if you will encounter them at virtually any job.

Now think about the responsibilities you expected to have at your prior jobs but didn’t actually engage into them. What aspects of your job did you want to do but didn’t get the opportunity to take on?

After getting a good insight on your dislikes, there is the chance that some clarity around one or two of your passions will emerge out. If so, then awesome! If not, understand that you are a little closer to finding something you’ll enjoy rather than feel stuck in a career that is intolerable.


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