6 Ways to Find Your Passion

Steve Foley, REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Premier Realty

A Series from local REALTOR®, Steve Foley, on his unexpected career change and the benefits of owning his own business.

 

Employees have had at least a year to examine their current work-life balance and career possibilities because of the pandemic, so making life-altering decisions like quitting your job has been difficult. Economists have dubbed it “The Great Resignation” since upwards of 40% of employees are considering quitting their employment. For many people wanting to pursue their passion, the time has arrived.

If you’ve given some thought to your professional path but aren’t sure which interest to pursue, then here are six ways to find your passion:

Look for High Points in Your Day

What constitutes a high point? High points are the most enjoyable or significant part of an experience or period of time. Maybe it’s a particular time you’ve set aside for yourself or it’s a meeting discussing a specific topic you follow; think of all the things you do in a day that truly spark joy. While many of these moments might occur at work, take into consideration the things you do outside the office. Once you’ve compiled a list, note where and with whom you have these high points; this will help you determine whether your passion is connected to your profession.

Pay Attention to What You Spend Your Time and Money On

Most individuals are extremely conscious of two things in our world: time and money. To help identify your passion, consider what you do with your money. Review bank statements and credit card transactions and contemplate any recurring spending trends. Are there hobbies, interests, or activities that you frequently return to? This will narrow down what you find worthwhile. Plus, the hobbies you’ve had for a long time are more likely to be a passion than a newfound interest. During my own recent career shift, I noticed I was devoting time into figuring out how to improve the lives of others and help them reach their goals.

Consider Topics You Love to Teach and Talk About with Others

Consider the conversations and interactions you have with others. What kinds of discussions do you have, and which ones do you like and contribute the most to? Your passions will be shown through subjects that make you particularly energetic or thrilled. For example, I’ve been surrounded by friends in the real estate business, and I’ve observed that these subjects (which were outside my previous professional function) piqued my attention. When the time came to search for new options, I felt that real estate was a viable option. Do you notice that when you have the opportunity to teach someone, do you prefer to teach the same thing or particular things?

Think About Your Strengths

You’ve probably been asked this question in interviews before, so you’re likely familiar with the language you use to demonstrate your value, but have you really considered where your talents lie? Identify your soft skills, which are skills that can be used to a wide range of professions and are more broad in nature, such as the ability to form connections with coworkers and clients. Then determine your hard talents, which are abilities that can be tested, related to a certain vocation, or acquired through education or on-the-job training. I immediately realized that my ability to build and cultivate connections, as well as my ability to provide great service, were valuable assets in real estate.

Take the Elements Apart

As you learn more about your interests and hobbies, dissect what you like about them. What makes you happy about these activities? Are you looking for a job that will offer you a sense of accomplishment and allow you to do more essential work? For example, you could find that educating homebuyers on how to free up equity in their homes is something you like doing.

Explore Career Paths

Now that you’ve narrowed down a few areas of interest, spend some time looking into occupations that fit that description. Use sites like Indeed or ZipRecruiter to look for employment. Reading through the various job descriptions may assist you in determining which responsibilities spark your interest. Or do you believe you’d be better suited to another type of role?

 

Pursuing your passion is a frequent motivation for people to change careers; in fact, it is one of the most common reasons. Finding a job that allows us to pursue a variety of hobbies provides for more pleasurable workdays, since we all want a sense of purpose and fulfillment of our inner desires.

 

This article was contributed by Steve Foley of Coldwell Banker Premier Realty Lic. S.0192048 as part of a series of articles on changing careers. Equal Housing Opportunity.

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