To Find Your Passion, You Must Look

To Find Your Passion, You Must Look

Would you believe me if I told you I used to write about technology news?

That’s right. This Life Quest Leader person who gets excited about a community of world-adventurers used to write terrible articles that covered stuff like when the new iPhone would be released.

Interesting to some, but not my style.

I spent my entire first year of blogging on mind-numbing news about social media, smartphones, and online marketing. After a while, I bored my readers. I bored myself — so I stopped blogging altogether.

Then, I got the itch to keep trying. I scratched.

Most people I talk to say that I’m “lucky” — which means I got into the right industry at the right time. Maybe they’re right, but I know “luck” played no part in the thousands of blog posts I’ve written, the hundreds of connections I’ve made, the dozens of coffees I’ve shared with peers, and the few projects I’ve taken through to the end.

Luck my ass. It takes work to find your thing. So start looking.

A good way to start is by asking yourself what breaks your heart, but how about you just start looking?

When I Started Seeking

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Graduating from college, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Sure, I hid a journal in my nightstand, but I did not dare think that my words were worth sharing.

After reading a book called Crush It!, I started blogging randomly — and the path has swerved high and low since then.

I wrote about fitness. I wrote about the rollercoaster of starting my own business. I wrote about publishing a book. I published a book. I published an eBook.

Now, I write about living every day awesomely. It took over three years for me to find my momentum and create TPV. I’m glad I stuck it out. This is worth it.

I change constantly. Embrace it or get left behind.

While I changed paths time and time again, I never framed it as “finding my passion”. I simply kept trying, kept exploring what moved me and what worked.

Is it scary to put everything out there and try new things? Of course — but that’s not something I’ll remember when I die.

How to Start Your Quest

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A few days ago, I spotted this colorful birthday cake in a café window. I was drawn to it and snapped a photo.

Silly and completely adorkable — but not my usual cup of tea. I’m not a fan of cutsie things like Pinterest, babies, and cakes. So why did I love it so much?

Looking back at the photo, I pinpointed why: the variety in characters. It’s like a team of fun animal rockstars ready to sing you a happy birthday.

They’re all so different, but they’re all there together.

The best way I know how to start a quest to happiness, to find your passion, to unlock the awesome you want in life is this:

Hang out with people who’ve already achieved it.

The very first step on my quest was reading that book, Crush It!, and reading about how Gary Vaynerchuk had created his own perpetual vacation lifestyle online. Since then, I’ve reached out to many peers (in person) that I’ve learned from and leaned on.

The right friends will encourage you to dream bigger.

In my upcoming book, Life Is What I Say It Is, I’ve been deconstructing the way I’ve turned my experiences into true freedom. (Sign up here and I’ll let you know when it’s ready.) Spending time and learning from peers who are successful and inspiring has been a huge part of my quest. It’s also incredibly fun.

I can’t say I’ve found my true passion yet. It’s a moving target, but I’m closing in on it. I haven’t stopped looking.

Do you relate or have a story about your quest to find your passion? Leave your story in the comments. I’d love to hear them!

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  • http://joshchandler.co.uk/ Josh Chandler

    Marcella, I never knew that you had a similar beginning in blogging to me. That’s a massive inspiration to see that you can start from the mind numbingly boring blogging and become as successful as you are.

    I totally agree that we should learn from others and rely on others to guide us in the right direction (Marcella – You are obviously one of my guides who I trust to point me in the right direction!)

    • http://www.theperpetualvacation.com/ Marcella Chamorro

      Thanks, Josh! It takes time to find a writing voice — and to gather the courage to use it. (Like your link yesterday explained!)

      • http://joshchandler.co.uk/ Josh Chandler

        I hope I find writing nirvana soon! I will tirelessly work until I do! :)

        • isla bonita

          Keep on trying

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