Finding Your Passion

"You have to have a dream so you can get up in the morning." —Billy Wilder

Before you choose your goals and decide the direction you're heading, find your passion and define your dream. The road to get almost anywhere in this industry is laden with potholes, detours, traffic jams and rough terrain, so find a destination that excites you, or it won't have been worth the journey.

Take a few minutes, find a quiet place to sit, and ask yourself:

"What it is that makes me want to jump out of bed in the morning?"

"What do I love reading about, watching, talking about?"

"What makes my toes curl and my adrenaline surge?"

"What would I be willing to give up sleep for?"

"What am I good at and love doing?"

"Whom do I envy and why?"

"What motivates me?"

"What's my favorite thing to do when I have some free time?"

"What do I dream of doing some day?"

"If I could be anywhere right now, doing anything, where would that be?"

"Do I dream of being famous or well-known or am I more of a behind-the-scenes kind of person?"

And let's not forget monetary considerations:

"Is having a steady paycheck important to me?"

"Does the thought of making at least a six-figure income excite me?"

"Do I see myself living in a big house and driving an expensive car?"

"Is doing something I love more important than making more money doing something else?"

"What would I want to do with my life if making money wasn't an issue?"

The answers to these questions should give you a fairly good indication of what you're passionate about and what's important to you. Once identified, think of these insights as your personal GPS system or the driving force that's going to keep you moving in the right direction.

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