Ask yourself this: What is my passion?
Is my passion real? Are my intentions in line with my end goal?
If you had asked me those questions, I would have said yes.
It started with photography. I was the self proclaimed “cellphone photographer” back in early 2000 when the Motorola Razr was a hot commodity.
“Wow! You’re really good at this!” said one friend. That was all I needed to start thinking about improving my skills to become the world’s first famous photographer using a cheap flip phone.
Sammy: World Renowned Cellphone Photographer. That sounds good—right?
Fast forward a decade, Instagram crushed my dreams. I’m not famous—but alas, good has come out of this. Now anyone can become famous taking pictures with their phone!
There’s something wrong here. I was never passionate about cellphone photography. I was passionate (at the time) about becoming famous.
The reality is you will come across a lot of things that may seem like your passion, but only one, if not a few, will ring true.
Now back to the question—What is your passion?
Is your passion real? Are your intentions in line with your end goal?
Do you want to become a world-renowned cellphone photographer or do you want to make a real difference in your life and others?
Here are 3 simple ways to find your true passion:
- Revisit your Childhood. Did you love to draw? Did you love to sing? Maybe you pretended to be a doctor with your siblings. Write a list of what made you happy as a child. You will start to make connections between what you did then vs. what you do now.
- Do what you love. In doing so, you’ll learn some tasks end up being a hobby, while others become something that you truly enjoy doing and look forward to. You may find something that you enjoy doing so much that you couldn’t imagine life without it.
- Pray on it. I know not everyone shares the same beliefs, but for me, I had clear guidance from God to pursue my passion. No matter what you believe, it is important to take time to remove all distraction/noise and listen to what is in your heart. You won’t be led in the wrong direction if it is coming from a still and peaceful place.
As mentioned in my first post, I am not a writer, author, or selling you a course. I am like you, someone who felt the urge to one day leave his day job, pursue his passion, and turn it into a profitable business. I did nothing to deserve what I have except strive to do my best and hope it will get noticed. Today I run the New York based Agency, Elfatrany Design with myself and colleague, Jacqueline Boone.
This post is the second in my series where I share insights and experiences in an effort to connect with like-minded individuals who share the same passion. I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments and feedback.