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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


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    Don't rank what you enjoy, rank what you want to know.
  4. Feb 8, 2016 #3
    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.
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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.
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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:
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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.
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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]

    https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-know-if-youve-discovered-your-passion?redirected_qid=1642048 [Broken]

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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
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