I used to think this was weird… (This may stop you from doing work you love)
- Do you sometimes think that the thing you love doing is weird? or not cool?
- or do you discount it, and think you don’t actually have anything you love or any passion? When people ask you what you enjoy doing, you cannot find an answer.
Yet, I did not think it was a passion, or a least a legitimate one. When people would ask me what I love, I would not think about mentioning it. I thought it was a weird thing to love and I discounted it.
At the time, I could not find anybody who had this passion or who did work related to that passion.
In my family, it was non existent.
In my close communities, I would never heard of it.
In the medias, I rarely heard about it.
At school, it was not mentioned at all.
So I thought it was odd or weird to love it… and that I should love something else, more “normal.”
Like the “traditional” careers I would hear of and see around me: teacher, doctor, farmer, librarian, nurse, and so on.
I thought I had to choose one of them. There was no other choices.
So, I conformed.
I did the “cool” thing or what society says it is “cool.” Or I did what was available and known to me.
- First, I chose archeology, more because people thought it was “cool” than because I had a true passion for it.
- Then, I went into information science and user experience. I worked in the field of user experience for 10 years. There was definitely a part of it that I enjoyed, yet that was not my full passion.
Can you relate?
- Do you discount what you truly love?
- Do you think what you love is not cool?
- Do you conform to what others or society think is cool?
- Do you think that what you love cannot be part of your career?
- Or do you think you cannot make a living out of it because you don’t know anybody around you doing that?
I don’t feel weird anymore.
So, I know these old beliefs I had were not true. The more I feed my passion for personal growth, the better coach I am. All the classes and books I read helps me in my work. There is no more separation between my passion for personal growth and my work. Both are integrated!
Wow! Imagine…. what that would be like if some of your passions and your work were integrated?
- What is a passion you are discounting that is right in front of your eyes? … that is so obvious you cannot see it.
- or you discount it because you force yourself to fit the traditional career trajectories you see around you or what you hear is “cool.”
It is not because you cannot see it around you, that it does not exist or it is not possible.Whatever it is, I’d love to hear! Please feel free to comment on this post!I have your back.
P.S. Don’t ask what is “sexy” for others, ask what is “sexy” for you. and go and do that!
“Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” — Howard Thurman