ADVICE: How Do You Find Your Passion?

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August 9th, 2015

Dear Andrew W.K.,

I’m 30 years old and feel like there’s nothing I’m passionate about. Every job I’ve ever had I’ve basically fallen into. There hasn’t been anything hobby-wise that I’ve been exposed to that has inspired me to put in a lot of work or energy.

My current job has been making me read a lot of books about being a leader and living your true passion, and it’s frustrating the heck out of me! How do you figure out what your passion is?


Dear Passionless,

To a large degree, people claim to have “found their passion” in life by simply doing lots of what they feel like doing the most. But there are just as many who would describe the experience of finding their passion as “their passion finding them” when they least expected it. One’s true purpose in life is not always something that can be decided upon, discovered through personal introspection or by encountered while following one’s tastes and preferences. It sometimes seems to be brought out by some sort of universal need: A person suddenly finds themselves called upon to do something extremely important, and instantly everything surges in that direction for the rest of their life. They continue to be pulled in a direction that may never have occurred to them or even interested them previously. Following this pull of true destiny can be even more fulfilling than simply feeling a passion for something and giving yourself over to it — but it can also be confusing and even painful.

People who think they have found their passion are often surprised when they later discover that their true purpose in life was something much different than what they had planned or imagined for themselves. This requires a great amount of courage and often involves an entire reevaluation of one’s place in the world.

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