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Get Fired Up About Finding Your Passion

Posted on by Jenna Forstrom

Get Fired Up About Finding Your Passion

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!

Jenna Forstrom
Jenna Forstrom is the former Community Manager of Mac’s List. She has an extensive background in marketing and a passion for Portland’s beer and nonprofit communities.
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