Defining your career @2nd Stage: Find your passion for work

find your passion in work

Find your passion at work makes a whole world of difference in how far you can go.

But being passionate about what you do for a living is key in making the most of the second chapter of your career.

Have you read about career coaches telling you to “follow your passion” during seminars?

That is a good piece of advice.


But putting it into action is easier said than done.

You may say that you have an idea of what you want to achieve in life. And from the things, you’re good at.

But applying it to your career can make things complicated.

How difficult can it be to find your passion?

Have you ever wished to be like those people who have a clear cut vision of what they want to be when they were five years old?

Have you been reevaluating your choices as an adult as you search for your passion?

Don’t worry.

We all share this situation at one point or another.

The second chapter of your career we’re referring to is where you follow your passion.

By finding a job that fits who you really are, you will thrive no matter how hard the journey gets.

If you are currently in a career that makes you feel or do things (or the lack thereof) such as the following, then you might be in trouble.

  • is a mismatch for your personality, and what you want in life,
  • makes you feel exhausted and unwilling to wake up in the morning,
  • causes disinterested about your life and how things are going,
  • turns you into this disgruntled and sour person all the time,
  • often makes you feel out of place, unsure, and unwilling to step out, or
  • you see any work challenges that come your way as a problem, not an opportunity.

You are not passionate about your work, your career and your life.

Fortunately, it’s never too late for you to start anew.

In this article, we will talk about ways you can discover your passion in work and life.

#1. Walk down memory lane

Career passions are usually formed when in childhood.

That is the time when you are asked what your ambition in life is.

  • What are the things that you love to do when you were a child?
  • Did you love playing mechanic or doctor?
  • Did you love playing as a teacher?
  • What did you see your career to be in your daydreams?

Revisit those and consider your choices in life.

Have you always been inclined towards certain actions or activities that have a common denominator?

Sometimes, you will realise your passion is on a specific type of work. And all you need to do is to find the industry you like to carry out that work.

#2. When things aren’t working, leave

There are many people who are stuck in a job that they hate with all their might.

Despite knowing what they want in life, they remain in their jobs for security purposes.

Never mind that going to work every day is an ordeal.

This wrong thinking prevents you from discovering what you want, leaving you, instead, to stagnate.

If your present situation simply is not working out, it is high time to pack your bags and leave.

#3. What piques your interest, what makes you thrive when challenging

There are probably things that interest you, that can motivate you to find something that will work.

Following the things that you are curious about can inspire some creative juices, so start by asking yourself the following rhetorical but necessary questions.

  • If you won a huge amount of cash in the lottery, what will you do with the money?
  • If there is not an ounce of constraints in life, what will you choose in life?
  • What are some of the worst challenges you’ve ever faced or might face that you still feel happy and excited about?
  • What was the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?

The exercise above can really trigger you to think deeper into your decisions and actions.

That eventually will help you find your passion.

#4. Focus on a niche to discover your passion

Once you’ve found that things that excite you, regardless of the industry, focus on those.

Draw inspiration from them.

And make them work for you.

Don’t let others hinder you through discouragement.

These people will always be present in society.

Rather, draw inspiration from people who took the road less travelled.

#5. Money as a secondary consideration

When you are doing something you love, money comes in as a secondary concern.

Considering how much you will earn, every time you work will limit your options and experiences.

Again, consider what would you want to do if money were no object?

Think about the skills that come naturally to you. Are you good in math?

What are the things that are easy for you and not for others? This can be a possible career path.

#6. Don’t limit yourself to just what, but open the can of whys

Don’t let a job title limit you to what you can do.

Doing something that is beyond your job will leave more room for career growth.

What are the areas where people see you as an authority or expert?

Are you good in repairing broken stuff?

Are you an expert when it comes to sports analysis?

Write down those things that you are good at, and that you think are you an expert on.

Find your passion at work should be your decision, not others

Lastly, never rely on what other people think about what your career should be.

Some allow society to dictate what they should be, and they end up not being happy with what they do.

You know yourself better than others, and with that, you know what you want.

You may experience failures as you go along, but these things will strengthen you and make you rich with experiences.

Always remember that experience is the best teacher.

With these experiences, you will be able to mentor others in the future.

Always keep in mind that finding your passion can lead you far.

For the reason that regardless of how challenging the journey can be you will still thrive and be happy.

All because it is something you love to do.

Continuing your discovery journey, here’s the next on Career Tips: How to Find a Job You Love.

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Amos Tay

Amos Tay

Amos Tay is the Senior Partner of Hatch Asia. He is a Gallup-Certified CliftonStrength Coach and lead our executive search, coaching and expand our partnership development across the region.

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