I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and looking forward to the New Year!: A brand New Beginning! Thanks to a friend, I’ve come across this inspirational video on discovering your passion in the New Year and how enriching your life can be: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4P0K3tcheY : I wish what the speaker there wishes for you too, in the New Year!
Since everyone might be involved with their New Year resolutions, I thought perhaps one of your resolutions might be: to discover your passion or dream job for your life in the New Year, set your goals accordingly and think of your steps how to reach those goals to fulfill your dreams.
1- If anyone asked you "what do you want to do when you grow up" when you were a child, how did you answer?
Apparently, the root of the word “enthusiasm” comes from the Greek enthousiasmos, meaning “inspiration by God” according to some translations. Therefore, many people believe (even in secular world) that God actually puts certain talents for your calling in your spirit. When you are a child, you can sense them or express them more abundantly or freely.
Of course, the environmental factors can influence whether you can pursue that childhood passion due to finances or any other pressure of life but if you know it and somehow could go back to it or include it back into your life, you may be a lot more satisfied in life.
Naturally, this question cannot answer everything. For example, with science and technology booming, some recent professions may not have been out there yet. Some passions are acquired and/or added into certain other talents as you move along in life. For example, I know a lot of mathematicians went into computer science when it was booming. When they were born or were a child, computers did not exist.
Hence, here are additional questions:
2- If you had millions of dollars, i.e. if money was not an issue, what would you like to do in life?
3- What annoys you most in the World that you would like to go and change to make it a better place? For example, I know some people who are so angry with injustice and they became lawyers.
4- Where did you feel at home most in all the places you have been (in terms of location, city, town, country, etc.)? This actually can help you to identify where you are supposed to be living too. It could be seasonal or for a period or for life.
5- Where did you feel that you belong there in places or situations you have been (in terms of environment, community, etc.)? For example, one of my friends was attending a science conference and she felt, this is the subject area where I belong; this is what I want to do.
6- What would you like your obituary to say? I thought it was a very morbid question but actually it makes you think when you give your time to certain things and helps you to plan and not to waste your time with things that you are not supposed to be involved in such as endless hours in front of TV! Certainly nobody would wish their obituary to say that –he or she watched a lot of TV!!
What are your thoughts on these questions? Do you have any more additions? How would you go about setting your goals and fulfilling your dreams? I would love to hear your opinions.
Of course, these are very personal questions and you are not obligated to answer them in a global platform like this but in any case I hope they help you to find your true passion(s) in life and encourage you to run after it...
N.B. I had shared these questions on another thread in the Mentor Training Course of Coursera before, which is only accessible to Coursera mentors. If you’d seen them there, this may be your second round to think about these things. It never hurts to re-evaluate such concepts periodically...