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How to Find What You Love to Do

How to Find What You Love to Do

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How to Find What You Love to Do
By: Brian Kim
This article was inspired by Steve Jobs' commencement speech at Stanford University. In it, he says the
advice we've all heard a thousand times:
"You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work
is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is

great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs
Well then, the question naturally arises:
How do you find what you love to do? It's such a big question.
What absolutely boils my blood is that we hear we should be doing what we love to do all the time, but

there's not any step by step advice out there on how to find what you love to do. The advice that is out there helps to a certain degree, but it's just a bunch of pieces thrown together with no coherent logical structure or order.

A perfect example is this. In order to find your passion, we are told to ask ourselves: "What would you
do if you had a million dollars (tax free)?"

The typical answer ensues: "Well gee, I would put it in an account that yields high interest and live off
the interest each year. Then I would move to Hawaii, buy a house, sip margaritas all day, play video
games, go to the beach, swim, travel around the world, taste all the cuisines, read the books, play the
sports, and on and on and on."

Does this really help? Not really. Sure, you figured out what your lazy butt likes to do, but it doesn't
really answer the question that's hidden, which is "How do I make money doing what I love to do?

What's the result? People working in jobs they hate, feeling trapped because they can't quit as they rely on that sole source of income to finance a lifestyle tailored to escape their grim reality, drifting aimlessly in life, in short, leading lives of quiet desperation, as so eloquently put by Henry David Thoreau.

Why don't they just quit their jobs and pursue what they love to do you ask?
Two Reasons.
Reason #1:They don't know what they love to do.
Reason #2:Fear. They've got a lifestyle to uphold, bills to pay for, families to take care of, fear of no
steady source of income, fear of what other people might think or say about them, etc. Fear.
Conquer indecision in Reason #1 and ACT, and you will most definitely conquer all fear in Reason

The very fact that you are seeking to find what you love to do (by the very fact you came across this
article and started reading it) is a BIG step believe it or not. Many people in their lifetime avoid or do
not even seek to find the answer to that question. They hear the question in their head but have become
extremely adept at silencing it.

It is extremely important to answer the question on how to find what you love to do.

You must decide what destination to steer your life in. Otherwise, you leave yourself wide open for others to direct your life, as well as at the mercy of the winds and storms of life. If you know where your destination is, the rest is easy.

You will find once you know what you want to do, all uncertainty and burden will be lifted off your
shoulders and you will have clear vision as to what your journey is and that journey will truly be joyful.
By the time you finish reading this article, I sincerely hope you experience that.
What about how to make money doing what you love?
The question of how to monetize doing what you love is certainly a valid one. There are bills to pay,

stomachs to feed, families to support, etc.
Don't worry about that for now. That will be covered later in this article.
First things first, you've got to find what you love to do.

Why is it so hard to find what you love to do?
The answer is:
It's not hard at all.
You read right.
It's not hard at all.
Then why are so many people having difficulty finding what they love to do?
Because they've never truly asked themselves.

What amazes me is that there seems to be a stigma attached to spending time with oneself. You have to
constantly be doing something, whether it's going to the game, drinking beer with the buddies, going to
that hot party or club downtown, etc. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with doing all that, but
I suspect the vast majority of people who engage in this "I have to be doing something every minute
because I can't be by myself" mentality are just putting up a front to show people how satisfying and
fulfilling their life is, when in reality, it's just the opposite. The irony here is that spending time with
oneself is EXACTLY what you should be doing to lead a satisfying and fulfilling life.

People think you have to travel around the world, experience new things, etc to find what you love to
do. No. You just have to sit down and decide. The answer is already within you. You just have to dig it
up and avoid procrastinating. Your brain has absorbed all sorts of information and experiences and it
has the answer ready to be unraveled.

Just let it out.

Be honest. Have you actually sat down by yourself with no distractions, with your sole focus on asking
yourself what you love to do without picking up your cell phone, surfing the net, watching TV, chatting
on AIM, listening to your favorite song, playing solitaire or minesweeper, checking your email,
returning a call, getting a drink of water, going to the bathroom, looking at the clock, reading a magazine

article, I could go on and on but you get the point. I'm going to go out on a limb and say you haven't for

the sole purpose of you reading this article. Why is that?
Fear of what the answer will be if you ask yourself what you love to do.
The answer is: I don't know.
But that is exactly why you MUST find out. You're avoiding the question because you know the answer

is you don't know, but that's ok. Admitting you don't know is perfectly fine. There's nothing wrong with it. You're way ahead of a ton of other people who learn to quiet the voice within that asks the question of "What do I love to do?"

And let's say you're one of the few people who actually specifically know what they love to do. The
next thought that pops in their head is "Oh, I can't make any money off of that." The seed that was
planted never grew.

I hate vague answers. I want clear, logical, definitive answers to questions.
So let's do this.
Step 1: You WILL find the answer. No doubt.
You will find the answer. You will find it. No doubt.
Approach the question with this mentality and you are sure to find it. How long will it take? It doesn't
matter. Bottom line, you will find the answer.
By doing this, you automatically instill an anti quitting mechanism within yourself, because you know
you will find the answer. If you know what you want to do, then you will do it.
For example, if you know you want to arrive in New York, you'll find ways to get there. You'll hop a
train, bus, or plane going to New York and will arrive in New York.

If you don't have the cash, you'll borrow it, or get a job and save up, or get a job as a flight attendant to
get there for free. It doesn't matter how long it will take or what you need to do because you know
you're going to New York.

All your actions onward from the decision that you want to arrive in New York will revolve around

getting to New York.
Read that last sentence again.
All your actions onward from the decision that you want to arrive in New York will revolve around

getting to New York.
Finding what you love to do = Deciding to arrive in New York.
Step 2: Make a list of your skills and interests in two columns and WRITE THEM DOWN (I'll
explain why you must write things down later):

I've taken the liberty of creating a document you can print so you can easily fill in the blanks. You can download ithere.KEY is to WRITE THESE DOWN!! I cannot emphasize this enough. Don't think you can do it all in your head.WRITE IT DOWN.

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