How to Become a Master of Your Passion
Shall you be a jack-of-all-trades or a master of one? You will start by being a jack-of-all-trades and then slowly you will discover what you love doing, what comes naturally to you, what you enjoy doing, in a sentence what you’re passionate about. The more you experiment with different things, the more you will find out what you would devote your life to. If there is a cause you would devote your life to, even not getting paid for it, is where your true call lies. If there is something among those lanes, follow that path. Even though devoting your life to something won’t give you any certainty that you will make money in its initial phase, once you start following that path and you become a master of it, money will come. Fame, happiness, and recognition will also come with it as in a natural process. A lot of youngsters make the mistake to do the sequence in reverse; they see a path where they can make money become famous, following blindly that path. In most of the cases, it doesn’t lead to money and recognition cause it’s not their real passion, and in the case where they can achieve this, they can’t reach happiness. The one thing you want to do is to live your youthful life as an explorer, in a similar way as you would do when you go to a buffet. In a buffet meal, there are so many dishes to offer and you don’t just eat one thing, instead, you try this and a little of that so that you know what food is that you really like.
Frank P. Daversa is a motivational writer, and in his latest book Spirituality in the 21st Century one of the topics he discusses is the connection between Spirituality and the Environment. According to him, “I believe three very important lessons we need to learn from in this century are global warming, overpopulation, and environmental degradation. Together, we can prevail over these challenges if we act now rather than later.”
Finding your real passion is not something that happens all of a sudden. It is normally a combination of two things: a gradual discontent with what you are doing, a slow and gradual recognition that you are not enjoying what you are doing, and an awareness of what you actually can do, which other possibilities you have. The path from A to B in your life is not going to be a straight line, and if you’re expecting that, you’re in for disappointment because that won’t happen. It’s going to be zigzag, and what happens in a zigzag is that you see maybe the next 10 feet but you don’t see it all the way down. So you say okay there’s no clarity here why should I walk on this path? You should have the courage to follow the first 10 feet, and as you proceed the next 10 feet will emerge, and so on.
Osho said that “courage is a love affair with the unknown”, then you should have that love affair; the love affair with the unknowns of life. As in a true love affair, rules will keep on changing and evolving and the same it will be with you. Different people find their callings in different ways, child prodigies and other gifted people find their gifts very early in life, such as they want to be musicians and they’re very gifted; let’s think for instance a Mozart. But even Mozart wrote a letter to his father saying that people thought he had a gift, however they had no idea how hard he had to work on his gift.
So regardless if you are a child prodigy or a gifted musician, a famous politician or a sports person, devoting your life to a cause will make you benefit immensely. According to Robert Greene, “The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus.”