How to Find and Cultivate Passion

How to Find and Cultivate Passion
How to Find and Cultivate Passion

You may stop doing something, or you may not enjoy your job because you say "no passion." You may feel like you have no passion for something. Maybe your life has always been flat, you go with the flow with passionless resignation like a water hyacinth in a river dam.

So how do you find your passion? How do you develop your passion that should be so useful for something? If we don't like something, is there a way to make it our passion?

Broadly speaking, it is divided into two: passion and perseverance. These two main aspects are broken down into four stages. There are four stages that must be passed in order to have passion as well as be diligent in living a field.

Find Interest

First, you must first be interested in a field. A little is okay. For example writing. If you are interested in writing, then you should start writing. Half a page first. Write something you find interesting. Write down your feelings. Write down your opinion about a phenomenon.

So a little? It does not matter. Satisfaction will start to appear here. So, if you are attracted to someone, what do you do? Stalking their social media, right? Find out more about them right?

The same is true if you are interested in a field. You need to find out more about who is good at it, what their jobs are, and so on. You can also find out the latest information in this field.

Okay, that's if you've been interested from the start. For example, you don't like the job you're doing now. For example, you feel in the wrong direction. Or "no passion" in something you do. Then what can be done?

Some people think that passion is like a lightning strike. It comes suddenly and lasts forever. There are people who find their passion suddenly. But not everyone experiences that.

Passion can actually grow over time. What you need to do now is keep the information up to date. Humans by nature love something new, and as you keep updating your knowledge, you will eventually become interested in the field.

Hard Training

To be successful in any field, you have to practice. Continuously sharpening skills will make you more proficient in certain fields.

Well, the practice itself can vary. But the exercises that have the most impact are the so-called deliberate exercises. Intentional system training forces you to perform a small part of a skill over and over again, over and over, for hours each day.

For example, in basketball, you practice free throws many times over the course of hours, mindfully. That's why this practice is called intentional, because it requires complete concentration, with a conscious understanding of all wrongs and what is right in whatever one is doing.

These deliberate systems exercises focus you on a specific part of a skill, then refine it until you can do it without thinking. To be honest, this exercise is very boring. I practice hand lettering myself, and practicing with a deliberate system honestly bores me.

So that I don't feel bored, I try to outsmart it by directly correcting my mistakes every time I try. I tried to dissect my moves which were wrong, and which were right. It happened many times.

Too often we read stories or watch movies, when a character with a golden talent emerges, who can master everything in an instant. This makes us idolize talent more than anything else as a determinant of success. In fact, those who are successful actually train hard every day. They just hide it.

I personally don't believe in talent. I believe that those who are successful at the top of the world are those who have been training hard for hours every day. Talent only helps you at the starting line, but the finish line hinders those who keep trying.

Find Your Reason

No matter how much you love a field, there will be times when you feel bored. How can you not give up? You have to find a solid reason why you have to keep holding on.

The reason itself is divided into two: orientation for self and orientation for others. And those who don't give up usually have an orientation towards themselves at first, then slowly shift to an orientation for others.

This makes sense. When you are interested in a field, the benefits are only for you, usually if there are obstacles, the temptation to give up feels easy to come. Try if the orientation is for other people, it won't be easy to give up right?

For example work. Even though the job is not fun, those who already have dependents should think a thousand times about resigning, right? For example, in work, the term is job crafting. You look at your job description, dissect it, and then modify certain sections to make it other people-oriented.

Find Your Hope

When you fall seven times, can you get up eight times? Can you keep trying, even after you've faced the worst problems of your career? Everyone has experienced failure or disappointment. But those who are successful all have one thing in common, which is to think, "Okay, try again later."

What makes us fail is not the problem, but when we feel we can't solve the problem. When we feel hit by something that makes us unable to recover, that's where we start to feel suffering. When we feel we still have hope, or are still trying to find a way to solve a problem, that's where we still have a chance.

In terms of skills and expertise, humans are divided into two mindsets: a fixed mindset and a developing mindset.

People with a fixed mindset feel that intelligence or talent is innate, so even learning if you don't have talent is useless. Meanwhile, people who have a growth mindset feel that humans have the same opportunities. With practice, anything can be mastered.

When they encounter a problem, or fail at something, people with a fixed mindset will give up and quit. Meanwhile, people with a growth mindset see failure as an attempt to try harder.

Several studies have also shown that people with a growth mindset are more stubborn and persistent, and in the long run, do better in school, and are also more successful.

Frankly, I still have a bit of a fixed mindset. If you are the same, let's hug first. For example, if you have a fixed mindset, what should you do? The first is changing the way you talk to yourself. When you find someone who is great in one area, believe that he is due to practice.


Then when you find the problem you are facing, look back to when you first encountered the problem but finally managed to solve it. Think of it as a benchmark that, failure is a clue for you to try harder. Also see the difference in your abilities between before and now. There must be a change right?

Well, that's how to find passion and develop it. Furthermore, not only finding and developing, but also maintaining and continuing to try despite obstacles.

Not everyone is willing to go to great lengths to find their passion. If you managed to read my article, I think it's because you intend to find it and try to succeed!
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