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How do you know you have found your passion?

Humanity is constantly searching for fulfillment and passion, but how does one know that they have found their passion? We all have work we were born to do, or a part we were made to play. How do you you choose one goal and give up, or diminish, the numerous other possibilities?


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    May 27 2012: Scott,

    I'm only 18 years old, so you can take my input with a grain of salt.

    Music is my passion. My father is a musician. My grandfather is a musician. Past there, I've not a clue. One day, I realized that music is what I live for. I asked myself "I hear all these people talking about passion, but what is mine?" I thought of what I do every day, what I study when I'm on my own, what I think about when I wake up. I even thought about what I think about the most! It all came down to this:

    When you go to bed thinking about something every night, and wake up thinking about it. When you go home, and look for new ways to pursue it. When you start daydreaming about it throughout your day. Even when it gets you through some sort of turmoil. That "something" is going to be a passion someday, if not now.

    I struggled with an addiction to self-harm (sob story, I know). But music came through for me where friends, family, even therapists couldn't. It saved my life, and now I dedicate my life to it. Find something that you think is worth dedicating your life to, and something you will be able to do forever. That, I believe, will be your passion.

    Good luck on your journey, and keep TED (and me) updated!

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