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How do you find out what your passion is ?

We are all interested in many subjects. sometimes we are fortunate to be good at many of them. how do you find out which one deserves further investment ? I understand that specialization in very specific topics is considered value today and getting good at all of your interests is out of the question.

here is an example,
Mr X has great management skills and abilities, he follows technology news everyday and is always a early-adopter of new innovations. he is fascinated by the genesis and reads books on universe, big bang, creation, genesis, evolution, etc. he is also curious on how mind works, he also studies on the biochemistry of brain, structure of mind and psychology of human behavior.
Mr X also has good imagination and a great story teller, he has never tried that but he thinks he has the potential to be a writer.

there is no multidisciplinary course to contain all of these concepts. what shall Mr X do ? which one of these interests can be a passion. what is the way of knowing it ?


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  • Mar 19 2012: Hi Sina,
    I am in the same boat as you are. For the last few months, I have asked myself this same question. What am I passionate about? I have yet to find out. I am hoping one day, it will just "hit" me with such certainty. Right now, I feel like I am just on a journey to find that out. If only there's some common guidelines for us to find it out, that would be great. :-)
    Thank you Fritzie for recommending Big Think website.
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      Mar 19 2012: Dear Sylvia,

      I am glad someone else shares the same experience. I really think I know what I like but the very nature of life and limited resources of time, energy and youth forces us to choose one or two main fields to study and understand while having superficial updates on others subjects. If I had unlimited resources I would have loved to study math, play piano, travel, study neural biochemistry, astronomy, cosmology etc. but now that I need to choose only one and perhaps for my profession I have doubts. the journey you mentioned is already began for me and I hope you and I will eventually be sure of which one of these alternatives is the ONE.
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      Mar 21 2012: Dear Sylvia most of us are on that boat sometime or the other ,,it is only rare geniuses who know what ignites their passion...but thats part of the great journey life is ,you keep discovering and finding answers or more questions !! Sina Elli no will ever have unlimited resources ,as you said smwhere above how will there be contrasts so the challenges are given and juggling choices ,allocating ,choosing between scarce resources goes with the territory.
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        Mar 21 2012: Dear Sangita,

        I enjoyed your comment and loved this part:
        "and when you make this choice there will be no need for positive thinking because there will be no place for the negative"

        you are right once you find it, there will be no place to trying to feel good or be passionate. this logic is undeniable. you only try to feel good and think positive when your subconscious mind know that situation is not actually good and in case of my question what you have chosen is not what you really wanted so you try to tweak your vision. BUT as it is well stated in your excellent example of mother and child, once you know your choice and situation is the right one, all difficulties and problems seem beautiful and you will do what you have to do with real passion.

        Thank you for your perfect contribution Sangita. your logic makes sense.

        Now , going back to my original question,
        It seems we can only find out what our passion is only if we try it out first hand. so if you do not want to undergo difficulties and the necessary effort actually seems to be difficult that is not your true passion but if you are doing it with love and nothing seemd hard enoigh to stop you then you have found your passion.

        My problem now is that I am probably passionate about several subjects and I d want to follow them all professionally which is not possible due to human limitations of time, energy, resources, so I need to find a multidisciplinary field of study to encompass them all. there are currently ones including some of them but not all. as Colleen said I may eventually create it myself but till then can You suggest a topic including them all. I was thinking of philosophy which allows me to be able to think to all these topics simultaneously and I can view the whole picture. but Philosophy is not including technology. it never deals with biochemistry of brain or take delicate laws of physics into consideration as they are the fields of a science, neuro cognition and physics.
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          Mar 21 2012: Happy that you found some answers in my post ..but im not equipped (being a humanities person) to suggest any subject,wouldnt even if I could because thats a a path you have to choose. Your conflicting choices IMO seem unnecessary ..you dont have to have it all in one Big Easy customised field which will cover all your interests...life is never that way carefully optimised for maximum returns ..you over analyse..life is more like a bird which wheels and dips ,soars in the open sky or coasts down and alights on a green bough..you will have to prioritise what works best for you...what is worth losing sleep over and time flies when you are doing it...its that simple ...maybe choose neuro cognition and read philo in your spare time...but all d best in your search

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