finding our passion!

I think most people would agree when we say Steve Job is a legend.

He helped develop some of the most revolutionary products.  But I would argue that his legacy is more than the products he left behind – he also left us with some amazing words of wisdom.  Here’s one of my favorites.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” – Steve Jobs, Stanford University commencement speech, 2005.

Jobs strongly believed in following ones passion.

Why?

Because with passion, one can achieve the impossible and overcome any challenges with perseverance.  When you love something, you’ll do anything to get closer to your love.  Humans just tend to gravitate towards things they love.  It’s in our DNA.

So when we spend time doing something we don’t love, it’s a disservice to ourselves.

I was totally in that boat up until June.  I didn’t love what I was doing.  I pretended to love it.  In actuality, my soul was longing for something else.

I was scared when I realized I needed to change the direction of my life.  I was petrified at what my parents would think.  I was afraid of what others (co-workers, friends, etc) may think.  I was afraid of the unknown. I was afraid of getting out of my comfort zone.

But, the idea of living a life that I don’t love was to powerful to ignore and I made the leap of faith.

Did I know where I was headed?

No.

Did my path change after I left my old life?

Yes.

So here I am inviting you to take a look at your own life.  You don’t have to make a drastic change like mine.

I inviting you to see if you are doing something you love.

Just ask yourself:

  • Does your job bring you joy?
  • Does your relationships bring you joy?
  • If not, then what brings you joy?

Once you answer those questions, here’s how you can start to live more joyfully and really have your passions come into fruition.

  1. List out all the things you are passionate about doing (i.e. painting, photography, tennis, cooking, singing, etc).
  2. Choose 1 thing from the list that you are most passionate about.
  3. Schedule 1 hour in your calendar per week to do that 1 thing.
  4. Keep your appointment on the calendar.  We all know “stuff” comes up, but do your best to keep your “date” with your passion.
  5. After 40 days, try adding more time into your schedule for your passion.

Change isn’t easy.

Following our dreams and passions isn’t easy.

The universe gives us little tests to see how bad we want something.  So if you really are passionate about that one thing, the universe will try to stop you from attaining it.  This is when your love for that thing and perseverance can shine.

Because if we don’t go after our dreams, passions, and opportunity, we end up stuck.  We end up exactly where we are instead of where we want to be.

Take action now.  You don’t need to take giant leaps if you don’t want to.  A step is a step.  It’ll bring you closer to living your own joyful life!

Here are some final parting words from Mr. Jobs.

 

About the JOY Coach

Minling Chuang

Minling is the founder of {the JOY depot} and is on a mission to help new entrepreneurs start their dream business. She spent many years working on branding strategies for top brands like Lean Cuisine & Nestle Toll House and launching multimillion dollar products. Now Minling's passion is to help people create profitable businesses they love! She is also a Kundalini Yoga teacher in Venice, CA. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter. And if you want to start your own business, book a clarity session with Minling.

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