Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Step 2 - Analyze

I have realized another thing about passion trying to understand it almost makes it harder. After reading many, many posts about passion and peoples definitions of it, it seems that to try and define passion is almost impossible really. Passion must define you, so it can mean different things to different people.

There was a good quote in the movie "Serendipity" (yes I watched it), it said "You know the Greeks didn't write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: 'Did he have passion?'"
 When I die, I want the answer to that question to be, yes he did.

This brings me to step 2 in finding your passion. Ask your self-questions. Try to analyze what are the things in life that make you happy that make you want to jump out of bed in the morning and go to sleep early to do it all over again. These are some question I found that I think will help.

What puts a smile on your face?
What do you find easy?
What sparks your creativity?
What would you do for free?
What do you like to talk about?
What makes you unafraid of failure?
What would you regret not having tried?

These are great questions to ask. I think I'm finally starting to get it. When thinking about life I always looked at the things I have a done or have not done in the past. I would say things like I wish I did this and I wish I did that. I realized that I have to start focusing on things that I have control over and not dwell on missed opportunities or regrets. These questions have help me put some things into perspective and I'm going to try and discover more about myself as I dive into these questions.


  1. I really like these questions, specifically "what makes you unafraid of failure". I don't even think I can answer this question yet. Self-reflection is such an amazing thing.

  2. these are great quotes and words to live by. Why do something if you are not passionate about it?

  3. Ryan,
    I LOVE the movie Serendipity! Definitely one of my all-time favourite romantic movies!!
    And, I also think those questions are fantastic. Especially, "what do you do for free?" and "what puts a smile on your face?" I think if you answer them honestly, they will reveal a lot about your passion.

  4. Britt, I agree it was a great one, the line was also a great one too. I'm glad you guys liked the questions there is a lot of great information out there on this topic.

  5. Ryan, As you listed passion is just something that makes you smile and it comes from your inside. I love to share with people my passion about Jesus,when i think about him I smile and forget my problems in that moment. When we share our passion with others, our smile will be reflected on them. They will smile automatically even if they do not know anything about the topic, because the energy that you project to the others will influence their behavior. You will spread happiness around and you will feel great!