Part of the challenge of identifying your passions is that they can be anything. People struggle with this.
Here’s a hint: your passion isn’t a topic like “English” or “Geneaology” nor is it a hobby like “Cricket” or “Basket-weaving.” These are manifestations of your passions but not passions themselves. Passions are drivers — they are the consistent threads that tie together all of the activities that we get satisfaction from doing. The challenge is honing in on what your passionactually is.
Enter Timothy Butler and James Waldroop, two smart guys with glasses that have done the leg-work for the rest of us to narrow down passions into 8 general categories.
From an article entitled “Job Sculpting: The Art of Retaining Your Best People” that came out in ’99, they identified 8 “long-held, emotionally driven passions that derive from personality and influence the kinds of activities that make you happy.” They call them “embedded life interests” and believe they can be used to determine “fit” in a job. They’re heavy on nerdspeak, so bear with me. I attempted to translate them into human-speak:
The biggest rub you’ll feel in your career will come if your passions are misaligned with the expectations of your work. Which of the 8 speak to you? Are you passionate about one or two but your job has you doing others?
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