How to Find Your Passion & Live Your Dream Life

Jordan Tarver
March 8, 2021

Your passion is something that brings you joy and fulfillment, such as a task, hobby, or specific skill. When you're able to find your passion, life feels more enjoyable and meaningful. If you want to learn how to find your passion or simply do something you love for work, you'll need remove making money from the equation and focus on what is you love to do.

Finding your passion is only one step in your journey of self-discovery. Not only will I help you find your passion in this article, but I also wrote a self-discovery book, You Deserve This Sh!t, that can help you on your journey. Get on the waitlist below.

What Is Your Passion?

Simply put, your passion is something you feel strongly about—something you love entirely. This could be anything from a task, hobby, skill, activity, form of art, or even a specific topic. It's something you enjoy doing in your free time; however, it may also be something that becomes your job if you want to make it so.

For example, you could be passionate about music, hiking, yoga, sewing, photography, public speaking, or cooking. In my life, I'm passionate about writing, photography, music, and helping others discover themselves and become their best versions. 

Your passions are forever evolving, too. So what you may be passionate about one year, you may not be passionate about the next, and that's okay. As much as you will lose passion in some areas, you will also gain passion in others. What matters is that you devote yourself to something you believe in.

Why Should You Want to Learn How to Find Your Passion?

When you find something you're passionate about, you give your life a source for happiness, joy, and fulfillment. However, if you choose to not find your passion, you risk lacking that source of fuel and living a life with less meaning. Plus, the best version of yourself is someone who understands their passions, so if you want to become that person, you need to focus on finding your passion.

Evan Tarver, CEO of Selling Signals, also puts it nicely, "Passion equals purpose and direction. If you don’t have passion, or haven’t identified it yet, it’s easy for your life to become reactionary rather than intentional. Luckily, even if you don’t know what your passion is, the very pursuit of your passion can become passion itself, helping you lead a life of purpose even if you don’t quite know what that purpose actually is yet. Then, once you locate your passion, continue your pursuit because often your passion will evolve over time.” 

Here are five ways to find your passion.

1. Don't Worry About Making Money

Life seems to ask us to have it all figured out before any of us are truly ready. This societal pressure makes us believe we need to worry about making money before finding what we're passionate about immediately after graduating college. However, the best piece of advice I can give you is this: Before you think about making money, ask yourself what it is that you love to do.

You have a whole life ahead of you to work, so it's a good choice to spend time now identifying exactly what you want to do instead of jumping into a role you don't love to make money for the sake of making money. Trust me. In five, 10, and 20 years, you will not regret taking this piece of advice.

2. Make a List of Everything You Love Doing

So how do you find out exactly what you love to do? It's easy. Take out a piece of paper and start brainstorming. Write down everything you love, from tasks you enjoy to skills you are proud of to how you like to spend your free time, and everything in between. This list will give you a good sense of everything you love, or feel passionate about, in your life.

If you want, you can take this another step. Sift through your list to identify the five things you're most passionate about. These can become your core passions and interests, which you can use as your North Star on your path to self-discovery.

3. Follow Your Interests

Following your interests is one of my core life principles. It's something I live by every day and encourage others to live by, too. The list you made of the things you love to do is also a list of your interests. When you follow your interests, you start to design a life that is supported by everything you're passionate about. 

As you continue to follow your interests, you will begin to find the few things you can't live without doing. This way of living will put you in touch with your greatest passions and let you design a life around doing those things more often.

4. Choose Happiness Over Judgement

I'm going to tell you right now, the quicker you stop worrying about what people think about you or what you do, the quicker you'll be able to fully submerge yourself in your journey. The sooner you submerge yourself, the sooner you can tap into your passions.

When your actions are dictated by others' judgement, you make decisions based on how others feel, not how you feel. This is an easy way to keep you from finding your passion. It doesn't matter what someone else thinks about you; if you something brings you joy, embrace it unapologetically.

It's always a better decision to make your happiness a priority.

5. Be Proactive

Finding your passion doesn't happen by sitting on your ass; I apologize for being blunt, but it's the truth. When you want to learn how to find your passion, you need to run an experiment on your own life. You need to try new things, dive into your interests, be open to new opportunities, and take massive action.

I'm telling your right now, you're not going to find your passion by sitting on your couch waiting for it; it's not going to walk through your front door. If you're truly interested in finding your passion, take one step toward that goal today. I believe in you.

7 Questions to Ask When Finding Your Passion

  1. What do you love to do? 
  2. What makes you lose track of time?
  3. What can you talk about for hours?
  4. What's the one thing you'd regret not doing when you die?
  5. How would you spend your time if money wasn't a necessity?
  6. What currently brings you joy and fulfillment in your life?
  7. What drains you and steals your energy? (These are things to rule out).

Bottom Line

Understanding how to find your passion is an important part of your journey of self-discovery. When you are tapped into your passions and spend your time doing the things you love, you're able to grow toward the best version of yourself. Use the steps from this guide on finding your passion to step into your power.

How can I help you on your journey? Let me know in the comments below.


Jordan Tarver is a lead editor at Forbes, a keynote speaker, and the bestselling author of You Deserve This Sh!t.
He’s transformed over 30,000 lives through his book, amassed more than 200,000 devoted followers, and garnered over 60 million views online. Jordan is on a mission to empower people and organizations to unlock exponential growth and expansive possibilities.

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