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How do I find my passion?

  1. Feb 8, 2016 #1
    I seem to be good at many things and I am interested in many things.How do I discard few options in my interest list and find one thing that perfectly suits me when all the interests seem to be equally enjoyable for me?
    I know it's an hypothetical question.Let me see who gathers enough courage to give a good answer to this.
     
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  3. Feb 8, 2016 #2

    fresh_42

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    Don't rank what you enjoy, rank what you want to know.
     
  4. Feb 8, 2016 #3
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesw...s-passion-and-a-career-you-love/#686d91741d8b
    You can read that link, it shows a lot of common examples and ideas I also have in mind and probably even in your own current situation.:smile:
     
  5. Feb 8, 2016 #4
    Well,what I want to know is governed by what I am interested in.and my interests are too many.I want to do so much but I have very less time.That's the reason I am trying to find one interest that perfectly suits me.
     
  6. Feb 8, 2016 #5

    Krylov

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    @Silicon Waffle, why did you just remove your post? I was about to reply that I found what you wrote very true, particularly the first paragraph.
     
  7. Feb 8, 2016 #6
    Because I thought no one would want to read it. I find having a lot of interests at the same time is always better than having just one or two. People with the latter look disciplined and usually are not very well-informed about the diversity of life and nature. This can be mostly found among young people.
     
  8. Feb 8, 2016 #7

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    Maybe I didn't read you carefully then, because what I got was that there is also a danger to not making choices: If things get hard with one interest, it becomes tempting to seek refuge with another interest instead of trying to solve the difficulties.

    My apologies if I misread you.
     
  9. Feb 8, 2016 #8
    Almost, but your wording may mislead readers with my intent (e.g avoid difficulties, run away attitude, responsibility). The idea was that, if you have an ordered number of interested items (e.g A,B,C) and you run into difficulties in item A at some point in time in A, your enthusiasm to work on A reduces and you may feel that you would want to work with B or C then.
    Do you know the consequences of a long wait in an imaginary queue ?
     
  10. Feb 8, 2016 #9
    Also, unless the OP is living in a 1st world country where food resources, wars, conflicts etc are not primary concerns in life, then foods on the table and money are the first things to go for instead of categorizing or prioritizing his interests. :smile:
     
  11. Feb 8, 2016 #10

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    If waiting means: being stuck with A while actually wishing to work on B or C, I suppose this could cause demotivation.
    If it means: A is temporarily moved to the end of the queue while we change to working on B or C, I suppose it could lead to a lot of inefficiency and waste of energy, because at some point we will have to resume the work on A, which requires becoming familiar with it once again.
    I live in a first world country, but I have to confess that I found it very satisfying when I received my first salary for doing research (in my case: sitting behind a desk and thinking), just because apparently someone was willing to pay me for this activity.
     
  12. Feb 8, 2016 #11
    I think the idea of the perfect job/career is an urban myth peddled for profit. It's like the "soul mate" foma. Real life is about doing the best you can under the circumstances.

    If all interests are equally enjoyable then choose the one that pays the best. Should you ever start a family that will come in handy.
     
  13. Feb 8, 2016 #12
    Pays the best? Run behind money? Do a passion for money?
     
  14. Feb 8, 2016 #13
    You're the one that said "EQUALLY ENJOYABLE." You gotta have some criteria.

    That's my recommendation. Take it or leave it.
     
  15. Feb 8, 2016 #14

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    The point is and you can find it in @Silicon Waffle's list, too, is curiosity. IMO this is the most important aspect, for it keeps you from escaping due to reasons noted in the other posts and it keeps you interested. Another aspect to consider is that your list may overlap in parts, e.g. you won't be able to be a good physicist without mathematical abilities, or a chemist without physics.
    Whatever it will be, it probably will be a marathon: you get quickly started full of energy but after 10 miles you will have to fight the fact things (to understand, learn etc) don't come as easy anymore. You should be prepared for this part of the race! Curiosity is one mean to deal with it.
     
  16. Feb 8, 2016 #15
    Personally I think the best way to find your passion is just to try things. I don't think it is something you have full control over...like love..as silly as that may sound. Afterall, when you go on a first date with someone you don't expect to fall in love with them and marry them. I feel it is the same way in this regard. Just acquire new experiences and don't pass judgment on what you think you may or may not like.
     
  17. Feb 10, 2016 #16
    Perfectly true,Mr orangedog.I probably should go try out things and acquire new experiences rather than thinking about it.The problem is which one to try first.I have a list of interests,where to start with or what to experience first? or should I bunch altogether and do it at the same time?
     
  18. Feb 10, 2016 #17
    Flip a coin, roll a dice, ask a friend, it doesn't matter.
     
  19. Feb 10, 2016 #18

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    I fully agree. The link directly beneath is a more elaborate version of the statement above. It made me rethink my life. It starts like this: A wise MIT student once told me, "Don't confuse what you love with what you're good at."...
    https://www.quora.com/Should-I-study-what-I-want-to-study-or-what-Im-good-at/answer/Erick-Pinos?srid=X9I6&share=1 [Broken]

    Also, I've collected a whole bunch of articles related to this topic. Without further ado:

    http://blog.deepastronomy.com/2011/11/want-to-study-astronomy-but-cant-do.html [Broken]
    http://www.deepastronomy.com/how-i-overcame-my-math-blocks.html
    http://fledglingphysicist.com/2013/12/12/if-susan-can-learn-physics-so-can-you/comment-page-1/
    http://eideneurolearningblog.blogspot.be/2010/02/confessions-of-limited-working-memory.html

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2015/04/07/alex-garland-ex-machina/25372679/
    http://mkaku.org/home/articles/so-you-want-to-become-a-physicist/
    http://tinybuddha.com/blog/try-this-if-youre-struggling-to-find-your-passion/
    http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/219709
    https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-know-if-youve-discovered-your-passion?redirected_qid=1642048 [Broken]
    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/beautiful-minds/why-creativity-is-a-numbers-game/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Late_bloomer
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-secret-to-raising-smart-kids1/
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    Enjoy! :)
     
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  20. Feb 12, 2016 #19

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    Are you speaking in terms of choosing a lifestyle (outdoors, country, city, rugged, lazy, comfortable) or an intellectual discipline (gamer, student, writer, designer, researcher)? Or choose between passtimes (Hiking, mountain climbing, biking, )
    You want to be a prospector? Fisherman? Guide?

    The secret to finding your passion is to follow your passion. Do what challenges you and yet provides the satisfaction of completion/accomplishment.

    Part of success is failing, so don't waste too much time choosing. Just do what comes naturally. Follow your instincts.
    Your emotional response to the alternatives contains more wisdom that you may realize.
    I heard one way to tap the subconscious for decisions is to flip a coin to decide and then choose based on your emotional reaction to the results.

    The story is that it take 10,000 hours of structured practice to become world class. The only way you will ever spend 10000 hours is to be doing something you love (and are good at).
     
  21. Feb 18, 2016 #20
    u need to talk to 40 somethings 50 somethings. and ask em how they came to their career choices
     
  22. Feb 18, 2016 #21
    Most people make those kind of choices because they are lazy and end up regretting it. How many people do you know truly love their job? Talk to people who are happy in their situation.
     
  23. Feb 18, 2016 #22
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    looks like orangedog, u r in the quagmire/predicament:

    more u know less u know.

    to help u figure out how u got here:

    einstein quote: if u follow the crowd u will likely never go further than the crowd go alone and u will go where no one has been

    or to quote jfk who quoted walt whitman?
    'i chose the path less traveled and it has made all the difference'... and yes he was assassinated.





    maybe u dont talk to enough artist. they all love what they do. and would never trade it in for the world. they chose the path less traveled. funny how most presidents were writers, saxophone men, or musicians, or painters, or actors. or Renaissance men which is an artform itself. even 43 became a painter after his presidency
     
  24. Feb 18, 2016 #23

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    It's not because they were lazy. Not everyone has educated parents who provide excellent guidance. Same goes for education itself. I dropped out of two different studies because at 18 I had 0 idea on how the real world worked and what it meant to have a job.
    I was a true nerd who loved studying at 14 but was raised into laziness due to a myriad of reasons. It's only this late I realised I can decide for myself. It has nothing to do with being inherently lazy. If your grandparents raised your parents 'badly', your parents will likely make the same mistakes.
     
  25. Feb 18, 2016 #24
    I think I only have true love for my lover, not for work. I love him to the moon, as always!
    I don't think I have this kind of love for the work I am doing.
    When people make their complaints public, they are ready to leave their companies. So most of the time you won't know whether or not people in front of you truly love their work.
    And I advise them to seek consults from different older people with wide-ranged knowledge and experience in life. Maybe those on PF . :biggrin:
     
  26. Feb 18, 2016 #25

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    It may also be worth mentioning that being happy in a career actually has a lot less to do with the details of the career itself and a lot more on a person's own choices and outlook.

    It's very dangerous to get caught in the "I'll be happy when..." trap or the the "I'll only be happy if..." trap. The fact of the matter is that one can be happy doing just about any career if one so choses. One can also be happy while on the journey towards a given career goal. And one can be happy if the initial goal is not achieved.

    Finding a passion when one has a broad array of interests comes down to ownership. You take the opportunities you can, but when faced with multiple options that can't all be fully explored, you have to make the best decision you can and then deal with the consequences. Yes, this means that you may not optimize your personal circumstances and you may have regrets in hindsight. But this is the case for everyone, and really it's how life works.
     
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