Don’t Know Your Passion? Follow Your Curiosity Instead

So often we get asked the question, what do you want to do with your life? What are you passionate about? What is your purpose in life? How many of you actually know?

It’s not an easy thing to understand, and it doesn’t usually just come to us in the middle of the night like Santa Claus, it is a thing which is cultivated and uncovered layer by layer. The problem is that most of us don’t take the time to actually go through a serious process of self discovery to know for certain what this is. Sometimes it’s because we are forced to take decisions sooner than we are ready for them, and sometimes it is because we are scared to look within or scared to take the chance to be exposed and vulnerable about what we care about. Most often, it is simply because we are too lazy or distracted to make time for it.

There is a great talk by Elizabeth Gilbert about the difference between passion and curiosity. You can see it here. Essentially what she talks about is that defining your passion can be intimidating and sometimes unnecessary. Instead, simply follow your curiosity. Everyone is curious about something. What are you curious about? This is where you start on the path to discovering your life’s purpose.

I used the word “cultivating” earlier because once you start on this path, you must work at it. You must experience new things, you must converse and connect with new people, you must look within yourself and reflect on what you’re learning and how you’re growing, you must assess and re-assess your core value system and your talents, and even your weaknesses. You should expect to be challenged. There’s a reason many people have a fear of this — it’s the fear of stepping out of your comfort zone — the fear of the unknown. Of course it’s scary, but until you take the risk, you will be preventing yourself from having the breakthrough necessary to become a more authentic version of yourself.

Take the leap, or rather just the first little step to follow your curiosity — I suspect you will find some interesting insights about yourself and the world around you.

I’m curious too — I want to know your thoughts about purpose, passion, and curiosity — take this short, anonymous survey so I can better understand how people approach this aspect of their lives. Also you can comment below with your thoughts.