There are few things in the world that I get really, really excited about. (I’m talking kid-in-a candy-shop excited.) They are: craft beer, serving the homeless, and my dog, Bullet. Although I know it’s hard to believe, I’m also super passionate about my job.
I’m fascinated by how technology changes consumer behavior. I love using social media as a storytelling tool. The icing on the cake is that every day I get to help people find their dream jobs.
What is your light up, crazy, can-talk-about-it-for-hours passion? I’ve discussed this with friends, job seekers, and employers for years. Here are my three go-to questions to help you figure out your passions.
First: ask your family and friends, “What am I good at?” This is a great way to start your discovery process. Chances are your people—those closest to you— see a lot of great things about you that you might not recognize in yourself. Listen to their outside perspective! It might help you identify your passions—and it can be a huge emotional pick-me-up when you are looking for a job or thinking about making a career pivot.
Second: look at your calendar (or journal). Where do you spend your time? I’ve been saying all year, “I want to learn Khmer,” but have I gone to a single lesson (or even signed up for a class)? Nope! Looking at your calendar and seeing what you actually spend time doing is a good way to figure out your passion. Are you a social butterfly or do you tend to spend more time alone or in small groups doing things like reading or painting?
Finally, ask yourself, “How do I want to be remembered?” I know it’s morbid to think about, but at some point, you aren’t going to be here anymore. What do you want to be known for? I call this my legacy plan. Every few months, I reflect on what I think my family, friends, and coworkers would say if I died. How would people remember me? My service to the community? My constant questions about after-work or weekend activities? My work on a project that went viral? How does that make me feel? Is that how I want to be remembered? If not, what changes do I need to make?
Spend some time answering these questions. Talk to your friends and family and make a list. You’ll be surprised what bubbles to the top. Once you see what emerges, you can start incorporating these passions into your job search. You can do it! We’re all rooting for you!