So last week I attended my first “Work Team” as part of the career counseling sessions. It was interesting--about twenty people from all different areas (with emphasis on HR and Financials) and what they are doing in their job hunts.
I mentioned that I was searching for my new passion, but wasn’t quite sure what it was. So one person recommended reading Ken Robinson’s books about finding your passion. I'm actually listening to this rather than reading it, and the author is doing a good job relating the anecdotes and explaining things.
I’m half-way finished and find it encouraging and inspiring if not quite prescriptive enough for me at the moment. (I want an answer now! Fix me!) But it’s true. You need to find out your passions and see how you can make it work for you. So the “element” is where your passion meets your natural aptitude. It’s your zone so to speak. And then use creativity and imagination and inspiration to bring those together to find out where you should be.
I love the idea that everyone can find their perfect element. But I don’t have the passion for playing billiards, the ability to walk on my hands or desire to play an instrument for hours a day. So I'm still searching for my things (other than reading books).
I think most authors I know have actually found their passion--they’ve actually made a commitment to finish that book, and the next one. But in my conversations with family and friends, I don’t know that they are working in jobs that are their passion. Though sometimes it does lead to money/free time and the ability to do something else for the passion! :)
Happily, there’s still time ahead for me. And maybe when I finish the book I’ll have the answer! Or at least have his next book on hand and hope to get to the next step!
Do you think searching for your passion is crazy? I do wonder....