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How do you find your passion?

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deesdeli · 16/06/2021 14:43

This may seem like a silly question but how would you go about finding out what you are passionate about? What you are good at?

I am thinking of a career change (it’s time) however I am lost as to what I am passionate about and what I am good at?

Any shared experiences would be much appreciated Smile

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LadyLolaRuben · 16/06/2021 14:52

Offer to volunteer with charities or go on work experience with organisations to get a feel of certain types of work and then narrow it down from there. Im a manager but hated stuffy office environments. Then I went into different industries and found the NHS was my bag. Now I work as a hospital manager and love it

memberofthewedding · 17/06/2021 22:43

Sometimes you will find your "passion" is something you have enjoyed all your life! A hobby or interest or just something you are good at.

As a kid I was a born collector and was always buying little nick nacks with my pocket money. In my teens I began collecting Victorian jewellery and accessories. Later I inherited the contents of my grandmothers house and began selling at weekend antique fairs and markets alongside my full time job (1980s).

I put it on one side for a few years when I returned to higher education and pursued a second career as an academic. When I retired from employed work I returned to my love of antiques and now sell them online.

Ive had a couple of people rather patronisingly suggesting I sell "tat" on Ebay. I started out on Ebay but now sell on only the most high end antiques websites. People who use the expression "tat" would probably not recognize a quality antique if they fell over one.

deesdeli · 18/06/2021 12:08

Thank you for the advice

I am going through a period of contemplating a lot of things in my life atm and having to ask myself some hard questions. I want to change career and the direction my life is going.

It is hard to know what I am good at because if I am being completely honest I do not think I am good at anything in particular. I feel as though I am a jack of all trades and master of none, hence this post as I wonder if there are any others out there that feel the same? If so what did you do to try and find what you are good at and once found how did you know that you wanted to devote time and energy to making this your life?

I realise that nobody has the answer but I just curious as to what others have done in a situation like this?

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LadyLolaRuben · 19/06/2021 20:09

OP have you asked those who know you what they think you're good at? That might give you a starting point

deesdeli · 19/06/2021 20:24

@Ladylolaruben no I haven’t but I have never thought to but I will now. Thank you!

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Tired453 · 23/06/2021 21:22

"passion" is something you have enjoyed all your life!

This is something that could well be true and worth considering. Look back to your childhood. I did when asking the same question.

I'm in a semi-strange situation = too young to retire (late forties) but had children late so have been a sahm and do not have to return to work for financial reasons (feeling de-motivated but that's a whole different thread).

More complicated than this is my exploration of my traumatic childhood and associated anxiety/panic disorder. I am looking forward to entering therapy to discover a bit more about my likes and dislikes as I feel my identity was squashed as a child/teen.

My thinking is, that the best way forward for me is to try a hybrid of another poster said, I am going to try voluntary work (in the pipeline anxiety permitting). Try creative hobbies and work on my small on-line business linked to a hobby (I guess the pressure is off for me because I don't need it as a main source of income and would never make enough).

Like you, I don't think I'm particularly good at any one thing and selling on-line will mean I need to be a master of all trades. I have always worked fairly average admin jobs and been either over or under stimulated.

Good luck with the discovery process!

deesdeli · 24/06/2021 12:45

Thank you
Your situation sounds familiar to me.
It is hard to know where to start when the things that I enjoy I dont think I could ever make a living from.

Did you watch any seminars or do anything that gave you inspiration?

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