In finding passion [revisited]

[continuing one of my past post]

On my previous post, I wrote about motivation and I feel that one of the element to keep motivated is knowing our passion. I wrote about this too couple of posts before. So, before going further about motivation, I’d like to revisit the passion topic.

2 questions that I often asked myself are:

  1. Is this truly what I like to do?
  2. Will I stretch myself, when it’s needed, to do this till the end?

I give few examples of what happened to me..

on working as web developer

Is this truly what I like to do? Yes.

Will I stretch myself, Yes.

But over time, I tend to be more and more calculative. Should I or should I not. Basically it’s all about WIIFM, What’s In It For Me. Why? Sometimes people may take your passion for granted. They thought you are the working bee that always available for them.

But that will be another issue. It’s one package in “growing” us up.

on image editing

Is this truly what I like to do? Maybe.

Will I stretch myself? Maybe not.

There was a period of time when I like to edit image using Photoshop or others. But after some time, I get bored and I just don’t feel the challenge anymore. So I left it, though it help me in recent years when I’m into new hobby, photography.

An advice I received after graduation is to find work that you like or enjoy doing it. I didn’t get that in the first place, but now I know that if you do something that you don’t like for the sake of something else, you may easily frustrated and give it up in the end.

I consider myself lucky, because I know what I like to do, though I have to admit that I’m easily tempted to do (or try to do) something else. So, instead of having direct road, my journey has turns and curves. 🙂

Note: The story of putting the nice cake picture on the post is, one my passion is taking pictures with my iPhone, I put it inside iPhonography album on my facebook account.

  • there are 2 schools of thought, 1 one which is yours, which I used to follow. and that lead me to be a chef-in-training. but I gave up and took the other road. reality is that passion may or may not fuel your life. If you can sustain yourself with your passion, that’s dandy.

    but it may also turn to the case where your passion becomes a toil and the fires burnout. Which leads people to believe that making your passion your job will potentially kill it. I am a first hand believer in this. but it does not change anything. I may have a regular boring job, but my passion is no where near diminished!

    Happy for you that you found a balance between work and passion! All the best!

    • Yes I second to your opinion.

      For once I gave up pursuing my passion. A few months ago I have that thought. I tried to explore other fields, since I often had thought why my friends are making better, put it bluntly, financially.

      But when imagining myself to live their routine, I can’t bring myself to feel that it’s just going to be my getaway. I had many cases in the past where I just do it because of impulse.

      In the end, I go back to the same place. Or maybe I just want my old sweet spot? 🙂 or simply I wasn’t ready for it?

      Anyway, I decided to stick for it. If in the future my heart has set to embark new journey then that would be another case.

      That’s what I thought at this moment. Thanks for sharing your thought Jacob 🙂

  • there are 2 schools of thought, 1 one which is yours, which I used to follow. and that lead me to be a chef-in-training. but I gave up and took the other road. reality is that passion may or may not fuel your life. If you can sustain yourself with your passion, that’s dandy.

    but it may also turn to the case where your passion becomes a toil and the fires burnout. Which leads people to believe that making your passion your job will potentially kill it. I am a first hand believer in this. but it does not change anything. I may have a regular boring job, but my passion is no where near diminished!

    Happy for you that you found a balance between work and passion! All the best!