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Ahmed Soliman

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How to find your true passion and what you want to spend the rest of your life doing?

At some point of his great talk, he says that he meets many different types of people, some of who really love what they're doing and can't see themselves doing anything else, because it's simply who they are, not what they do, my question is that, how do you find that you want to be doing for the rest of your life and can't see yourself doing anything else? Anyone with a previous experience can tell us their story and how they got there, or anyone else still in the process tell us about their strategy and how it works may help us conclude to a result.

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I think the answer in this question lies in knowing your dominant type of intelligent, there's a theory by Howard Gardner that says there are 7 types of human intelligence, linguistic, mathematical, musical, kinesthetic (bodily), visual, interpersonal and intrapersonal.
There could be many extra types of intelligence, but the answer lies in this idea, figuring out your natural intelligence, improving it, and practicing it.

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  • May 10 2013: Hey Ahmed,

    I'm a young working professional who only came to discover what I loved doing about 4-5 years ago. I'm not sure about yourself, but when I had begun college, I was really struggling. I didn't know what I wanted to study or do with my life, and I was craving something, but I didn't know what it was. As a result, I spent 3 years, stacking up lots of loans (bad decision on my part), jumping from one major to the next. One term i was studying Civil Engineering, the next it was Psychology. I don't regret those three years - if anything, I developed an expansive general knowledge on multiple topics as a result.

    I discovered architecture completely by accident. And I didn't even knew what it felt like to be passionate about something until I studied architecture. I'm not sure who or what to credit for it -- it could have been the accidental "Modern Architecture in Context" class I took while studying abroad in London with the English department, or it may have been something I read by accident about designing buildings -- either way, once I got a taste for it, I couldn't stop thinking about it. It's become something that I love doing, and I wouldn't change what my chosen profession for anything else in the world. Kind of like you said -- it became a part of who I am. And shouldn't everyone's career be similar to that? We spend 40 hours, 5 days a week, doing something. It's bound to become a part of what defines us. So I'm glad that what defines me is something I'm deeply passionate about.

    I'm sure everyone's story is completely different. But I thought I'd share mine, just in case there was a kernel of helpful information within.
    • May 11 2013: Thank you for sharing your great story, so obviously the main factor that helped you through your journey has been the coincidence, I just hope everybody would hare their stories so we may conclude to a general pattern, but I'm afraid the conclusion would be that there's not conclusion and everyone has to find it their own way, thank you very much though :)

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