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We talk about finding your passion like it’s dating a Swedish model while driving a German sports car. It’s living this audacious, bodacious, rocktacious life where someone offers you coffee on Monday morning, and you give them a look and say, “No thanks. I’m fueled by awesome.”
What a load of elephant dung.
Finding your passion is un-sexy.
I learned the hard way that my “passion” was sitting smack dab in the middle of so much failure that it was going to take seven years and a really large shovel to even get a glimpse.
Maybe you can relate?
My passion—to help those struggling with “what now?”, especially twentysomethings. This passion began sitting on a motel room floor after college, traveling for a job I didn’t want, Snickers and re-runs of Friends—my only friends, with my whole life screaming “what now?”
All my expectations of this amazing life where I’d be making an impact while doing the backstroke in the Duck Tales pool of gold coins, were being blown up like a hand grenade in a Hot Pocket and I became passionate about finding another way.
Then I became passionate about helping others do the same.
A seven-year quest filled with ample amounts of un-success.
Most of the “secrets” I discovered and wrote about in my book, 101 Secrets for your Twenties, were birthed from all my plans going nothing like I planned.
Take, for example:
Secret #2 – The possibility for greatness and embarrassment both exist in the same space. If you’re not willing to be embarrassed, you’re probably not willing to be great.
Secret #6 – “Life will never feel like it’s supposed to.” And maybe that’s exactly how it’s supposed to be.
Secret #20 – Lousy jobs are a twentysomething rite of passage.
Secret #22 – The grass is always greener on the other side, until you get there and realize it’s because of all the manure.
Secret #27 – Don’t ever begin dating someone you first met whilst in swimsuits.
Secret #35 – Obsessive Comparison Disorder is the smallpox of our generation.
The secrets I learned along the way were revealed, not despite of the struggle, but because of it.
For years I (angrily) cried out to God why he was crushing all my plans like a Sumo wrestler sitting on a Pepsi can. But I know now that my plans going nothing as I planned was exactly the plan all along. And the perfect one in fact.
You see, your struggle makes the story.
Your passion might be found in the middle of pain. You find your passion when it’s 4:30 a.m. and you feel like a mule sat on your head all night, but you’re up and working anyway.
You find your passion scared as a cat trying to run up a highway.
Your passion is not just something you do. Your passion is something you cannot NOT do. When all dreams of bestsellers and bonuses fade away. When you know something to be so true, even when friends and family tell you to stop believing a lie.
When people elude that your great idea is actually quite terrible.
You find your passion when it’s totally failed, yet you refuse to let it fail.
And that’s powerful.
What’s your passion? Did you have to go through any struggle/failure to find it?
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