Updated: Oct 23, 2020

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What is the meaning of having passion?

We’ve all heard that classic advice… If you want to be happy, successful and wealthy, you need to find your passion.

What many omit to say - is that it’s much easier said than done. Finding your passion is hard. First you have to know what it is, the meaning of it, so you can be on your way to finding it.

In Japan, passion is known as your Ikigai. It is a person’s calling where vocation, mission, and profession all merge into one.

  • Vocation: A person development of talents and abilities in the choice they are especially drawn for which they are suited, trained, or qualified.

  • Mission: It is identifying the goals, the purpose and the direction of fundamental matters in a person's values and philosophies, thus creating a sense of identity for him/herself.

  • Profession: The skills and experience involving technical, specialized and highly skilled work that is often developed by form of qualifications based on examinations, apprenticeship and formal education.

The trick here is, you have to love doing each one. It does not mean any profession or vocation or mission. It means a vocation you love, a mission to stand for and a profession that is not a job, it is work you perform but it doesn't feel like work, it is something you enjoy doing it day after day from where revenue is generated.

Thankfully, there are several strategies and ways you can use and follow, not only to find your passion, but to make a great living while doing what you love doing as well.


You can only get to your desired destination once you become aware of your present location and situation. Awareness of where you are now, is the first step towards achieving your goals and aspirations. All you need now is the right map.

All the gurus and leaders have stated and emphasized the importance of following a passion of your own.

However, it’s important to remember that most people do not actually have or pursuit their innate passion. In his landmark book Deep Work, author Cal Newport explains that having a passion is actually very rare.

Having a passion takes time to find and nurture, but once found, life becomes joyful and full of meaning. Work is no longer work, and you will probably have a hard time differentiating work from having a good time.


Before you can find something you love and are passionate about, you need to first find things you like and enjoy doing.

You need to explore hobbies, vocations and interests; make a real effort to unpack the things you enjoy about them, and only pursuit them, if they have within them, the qualifications of what we now commonly identify as your calling.

You’ll be embarking on new destinations, most will be foreign to you, so it will take a while to make it to safe harbors. You will need to keep steering your ship steady while sailing to your new horizons.

Finding you passion might seem scary at first, but it’ll be exiting, you're the captain, so learn to be comfortable in uncomfortable settings. Finding passion in your life arrives by design; it arrives by taking chances and doing what others are unwilling to do.

Why is that important? Because for things to change for you, on your way to getting what you want out of life, you have to change who you are and how you've done things up until now.

Take the example of Steve Jobs, the legendary founder of Pixar and Apple. He did not initially have a “passion” for computers in his early life. He was actually spending most of his time entertaining eastern ideologies and enjoying a carefree lifestyle.

It was only after he took a job on the business side of technology, that together with his longtime friend, Steve Wozniak, they both eventually found their passion.


An inconvenience many of us have when looking for our passion - is time. When someone has unrealistic ambitions and expectations of large amounts of money, fame and glory flowing their way as soon as they enter a particular industry, they may quickly find themselves unhappy and disappointed.

Why? Because you can’t develop a passion overnight, and it is unwise to expect enjoying the fruits of its labor with such ease; worthy ideals take time.

Most of us are at our weakest when things get tough. It's easier for us to just let go. It’s easy to say, that isn't for me, or, that others couldn't get there either.

It’s easier to just say that it's too hard for now and that you'll do it later, but that’s not how you win at the game of life my friends, you gotta step up and master your fears and step forward.

Work diligently on finding, acquiring and perfecting your passion. Happiness and joy are intertwined with this principle. Life's journey is a happier one when you live and perform happily.

According to Malcolm Gladwell’s highly respected book, Outliers, mastery of a skill can take as many as 10000 hours. This 10000 hours are usually employed in a highly focused and exquisitely structured practice, not just doing one hour of the same work a thousand times.

There really isn’t any such thing as an overnight success even if it appears to be so to the masses when it happens. In most occasions, the next time you see a pop star or movie star rapidly rise to fame, ask yourself: How many hours did they practice before people recognized their talents?


When you continue to step forward, towards your desired destination, you’ve already succeeded more than most ever will.

Let’s look back at Steve Jobs again. Soon after he discovered his passion for technology and computers, he pitched the idea to his good friend, Steve Wozniak, to build and sell circuit boards at a profit to the rapidly growing computer hobbyist market.

Guess what?

Neither of them quit their jobs right there and then. They both continued to work their regular shifts of nine to five, while working on their side project for some time.

Eventually, their little side project became, with a dose of ingenuity and dedication, the seed that flourished to what we now know as Apple, and allowed them to become multi-billionaires.

Did it happen overnight? No, they were careful not to quit their jobs until they were ready to make a career out of their new business. They still needed to sustain their newly found passion with a reliable income until they were ready to stand on their own.

Swim against the currents when you must, keeping in mind that Several maps are out there that will guide you on clearer and faster routes.

This is because others have already taken those roads before you and they are available to you, not to copy but to guide you and present to you the know how to invest in yourself and properly address the key points needed to achieve a fruitful lifestyle and the ways of implementing what you are passionate about more efficiently.


You can live a life full of meaning and purpose if you put your mind to it. Now that you have a better insight into how to find your passion and what rewards and sacrifices may be necessary in order to find and maintain it. And since they are important here they are as follow:

1- Find the things you like and enjoy doing.

2-Work diligently to improve yourself, your craft and your surrounding.

3- Gather your experiences, successes and failures, and seek better and more efficient ways to do, what you love doing, while keeping in mind that it will take some time.

The good news are, if you are patient, persistent and you set realistic expectations and goals; a world of satisfying achievements awaits you. And, if you so desire, you can turn your passion into a successful and highly rewarding career.


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