Jeff Goins: 3 Lies to Face Before You Find Your Passion

This post was taken from the blog of Mr. Jeff Goins, a passionate writer.

Last night, I finished my first book manuscript. I ran spell-check, added citations, took a deep breath, and hit “send.” I emailed my editor, ate a few Girl Scout cookies, and went to bed.

Today, I am back at it. Back to writing. Starting from scratch. And I love it. This is what the writing life is about — not publishing, but writing.

Don’t get me wrong: I like getting acknowledged for the hard work I do. I like readers. But if no one was watching, I would do this anyway. Even without an audience, I would work with words. Because it brings me life.

That’s what a passion is all about.

Where passion comes from

Writers write. Singers sing. Athletes play.

Our vocations are marked not by how much money we make or the attention we earn doing them. They’re marked by passion. This is what defines us, more than any other thing.

You have heard, “You are not what you do.” Which is true. But if you do not do what you love, then what are you?

Last year, I focused on one passion I’ve spent my life avoiding: writing. As a result, I built this blog, got a book deal, and started getting rewarded for doing something I love.

You know what makes it all worth it? Is it the eBook sales? The speaking gigs? The promise of my name in print? Heck no.

It’s the ability to pursue my passion every single day. And knowing I can do that without mortgaging my family’s well-being or giving up a day job I enjoy is an added plus.

How to find your passion

This is all well and good, but what do you do if you don’t know what your passion is? How do you find the “one thing” that will complete you?

It would be disingenuous to offer a series of steps to get there. Instead, I’d like to share three lies that will keep you from your passion — and why you should avoid them:

  1. “I don’t know what it is.” Someone called me out when I said this, and he was right. I was exerting a lot of energy, saying I didn’t know what my passion was, but really I was just afraid to act on it.
  2. You have to become poor to do it. The world loves rewarding people in pursuit of their dreams. When you make passion the goal, you will create great work. So don’t be surprised when people take notice. And don’t be shocked if there’s compensation waiting for you. You don’t have to be a starving artist.
  3. “One day, I’ll arrive.” Dreaming is a dangerous business. If we’re not careful, we may be seduced into believing that if we just found one perfect job, we’d be happy. But life doesn’t work like that. You will always be a little incomplete. This is the beautiful frustration of being human. And it’s where all the best art comes from.

As you pursue passion, you will be resisted and opposed. You will try to sabotage yourself. But hopefully, you’ll push through the lies and persevere. You’ll get back up when you fall. Because the passion is worth the pain. Right?

So get on with it. Time to do the work.


Ask This Question #101

Our passion can be unveiled when we answer:

What would you do for free?

FREE because there is a valid and revealing reasons. We may feel and think of the following if we do the task:

  1. I am very good at it.
  2. I enjoy doing it – look at the time!
  3. I feel fulfillment accomplishing it even if I don’t get paid.
  4. It is not surprising that people around me contact me for it.
  5. I feel like I matter to the world and I contribute.
  6. No second thoughts, let me do it.
  7. I got it, no worries.

So what are you willing to do for FREE?

Monte Carlo Flare

Still clueless on what will make you greet sunshine with zest?

Inspired by the movie Monte Carlo, try traveling!

Going out of the country will give you a perspective you may have missed or you never knew it was there. Go out and explore the other part of the world that you’ve never known. When you do start the experience you make sure that you’re open and let things sink.

In the movie, Selena Gomez played the character of Grace Bennett who is a young lady. She is clueless and desperate to feel different and find what she’s sets to do in life. She thought saving and finally going to Paris would help. Even with doubt she is the kind of person who could conquer Paris, she went for it. The ending of the movie showed she is doing what would give meaning to her life, give her reasons to smile, and feel that she matters in the world.

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