11 ways to find your passion

Saqib Razzaq
8 min readFeb 10, 2022

The common advice is “expose yourself to more experiences”. But what about the other side?

The holy grail of self-improvement and the forever-changing answer to leading a better life is pursuing a life full of passion. The common advice to find your passion is “expose yourself to more experiences”. But what about the experiences you’ve already had exposure to?

Some people have been many things. They’ve had exposure to vast areas. They’ve been the athlete, the dancer, the speaker, the bookworm, the sales guy, and more. You name it. Others have been following a straight-ish path without much variety in their lives.

The following points apply to both. They’ll help you draw on your past and present experiences and find clues to what makes you tick. Let’s get started.

1. “Don’t try” #

How about starting a list of things to do with a “Don’t try”?

Charles Bukowski is alive even after three decades of his death. His tombstone reads “Don’t try” even though his entire life was a struggle to make it as a writer. What does he mean? The answer is in his poem.

if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
typewriter
searching for words,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it for money or
fame,
don’t do it.

What is one thing you don’t have to try to be? Or what feels natural to you? It is okay to not know the answer. Maybe you haven’t thought about it before. Maybe you haven’t exposed yourself to enough things to know what feels most like “YOU”.

There is something for each of us. Something that we do without desiring fame or money. Something we do only for fun. Something we can’t resist.

2. The childhood gravitation #

Have you ever seen a toddler sit and ponder if scribbling on paper is worth trying? Have you seen a child thinking hard about his choices for fun? Why does he like a certain color or game? They don’t. They just do what feels right.

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Saqib Razzaq

Writes about 🚀 productivity, 🎖️ dicipline, 🫶 happiness and 🌱 personal growth saqibrzzaq@gmail.com