The first step is everyone tells you to "find your passion." And, as a recent community member said, that`s not so easy. So how do you find your passion? What exercises or methodologies do you use, recommend, or have you talked about in the past?
For me, there seem to be two basic ones. The first is to imagine myself on my deathbed, looking back over my life. I contemplate what I "did" for most of that time that was the most fun. From there, I see if I can isolate something that`ll generate money.
A related tool is to imagine myself hearing from some doctor that I`ve got about 7 months to live. What would I miss terribly, and what would I focus all my attention on doing in those last remaining months. That`s probably closely related to my passions.
The other, more when talking with other people, is to get really detailed about hobbies and activities centering from the ages between about 8-16. Those are such formative years they usually pull together what eventually becomes one of our passions.
So what specific exercises would you recommend? What have you used to find your own passion?
Usually people don`t just fall into a passion. In rare cases, people have a paid career already doing their passion, in which case if they`re burnt out, they need a new one. Do you think passion is formed in the years I`m suggesting, or can we develop a passion that`s radically different from what we enjoyed as kids?