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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.


Closing Statement from Ahmed Soliman

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 11 2013: Many people pose this question here, Ahmed, often with a bit of anxiety over not having been caught up yet in a passion. It's a little like wanting to fall in love and not having done so yet. The answer many people give, which I would too and which I know isn't much comfort, is that many of us didn't go looking for a passion- it found us, grabbed us, and just wouldn't let go.

    Fortunately, there are good resources online, bloggers and so forth, who have their systems of finding a passion for those urgently wanting to find one ASAP. In fact, Sir Kenneth Robinson is releasing a book on this very subject in less than two weeks called something like Finding Your Element, a sequel to his popular book The Element.
    • May 11 2013: Oh well, I don't think real passion would necessarily find us, otherwise, why is the majority of people in the world doing jobs they don't like and spend their lives waiting for the weekend to come? I think that book will be perfect, looking forward to reading it, thank you very much :)
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        May 11 2013: There are many people whose passions are not their jobs, or whose passions are addressed onto to some extent through their jobs. For example, a person passionate about writing may invest with greatr gusto in that part of his job, while working on a novel and writing poems, the latter of which he reads at poetry slams or collects for himself and his loved ones. A passion for cooking may be a practice she most pursues outside the job.

        There is no guarantee that a passion will become a full-time job.
        • May 11 2013: That's a good point, but if you know what you truly love and passionate about, why not spend your full time doing it? Why do some other job, that may be or may be not related to what you love, and wait till you finish it to get to do what you love? That is a total other conversation if we are to talk about how to turn to doing what you love, because it needs a of courage, and to be risky to take the decision, I've watched many talks talking about that and we could extend the conversation about that if you'd love to, let's just focus on how to basically find your "element" if we may call it :)
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        May 11 2013: You are right that it is a different question.
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        May 11 2013: I agree it is a different conversation. I just worry when people set aside their passions when they cannot make a living at them, and I do not believe that if you are just passionate enough about something you can necessarily make it the entirety of your career.
    • May 12 2013: Maybe waiting to fall in love and waiting for passion to find you is not proactive enough.

      Many people who actively try to fall in love make an effort to meet new people, often join dating websites or ask friends, family and professionals for advice.

      I think that the dating website equivalent to finding a viable passion is putting yourself in positions for self discovery. My argument is that the more you find out about yourself the more you can be sure of what ignites your passion.

      So, how do you put yourself in a position for self discovery? It's different for everyone. Probably you should ask friends, family and professionals for advice.

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