Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Find Your Passion

“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” – Richard Branson

When you read autobiographies or see interviews with some of the wealthiest, most successful people in the world, inevitably the question is put forth, “What makes you so successful?” Time and again their response is the same … “I followed my passion.”

I have often thought that of all the billionaires in the world, Richard Branson always looks as though he’s having the most fun! Joy emanates from his face. He is the poster-child for following your passion!

A year ago, I was sitting in my son’s first grade classroom listening to Taylor Swift’s Scholastic interview, she brought up the fact that she was pursuing her passion – music – and that is why she’s so successful.
She also pointed out that you don’t necessarily find your passion like she did at age 12. Sometimes it takes years and years before you discover your passion. In the interview she said she thought a person’s reason for being on earth was to find their passion and pursue it. What a nice thought!

So, what is your passion and how do you find it?

I have read several books and various articles on this subject. One states that you should go back to your childhood and think about what you told people you wanted to be when you grew up. What did you enjoy doing when you were a child? What gave you joy?

A few others suggest you find something that you would be doing regardless of whether or not you would get paid for it, then figure out a way to get paid for doing it. Kim Kardashian is a prime example of this. She wanted to be famous and love her or hate her, she’s figured out a way to be famous and get paid for it. And she’s been very successful at it.

Sometimes, your passion changes. You may have pursued your passion when you were younger, but now find you’re interested in something else. That’s okay!

Richard Branson wanted to be an editor or journalist when he was younger. He has stated that he “had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.”

Pursuing your passion may not mean that you’ll be the head of an international corporation. Your passion may be teaching children. It may be working with animals. I recently met a man who found his passion, at the age of 50, working with horses.

Regardless of whether you are 18 or 80, you only get one shot at this life and it is too short to spend doing something you’re not passionate about.

This is your life. Dream big. Reach for the stars. Do the impossible.

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