100% Chance of Failure

Most people have several ideas about what they want to be in the future. We might think about pursuing careers as different as a firefighter, teacher, engineer, doctor, farmer, or even an artist. When our interests change, they serve as a marker for what we are passionate about at that point in life.

In this series, I will talk about how to take our dreams and work towards bringing them into realization because there is a 100% chance of failure if you don’t try to achieve the goal. The purpose of this series is not to give you a fool-proof guide to success, but to help you dig deeper into yourself so that you can find the motivation to achieve your goals. So, no matter what stage you are in the journey of living your dreams, whether you have no idea what a goal is, or you are already working towards your goals, we hope to provide you with the right supporting tools.

Here are a few questions to guide you through finding your passion at this stage. Do not be intimidated by the prospect of choosing something to do for the rest of your life, as change is an integral part of life. Instead, focus on the next few years – up to 5 years from now when answering the questions.

  1. Is there something you already enjoy doing? Chances are you are already spending a lot of time doing things that you are passionate about. Reflect on how you spend your days and write down any activities into which you have invested a lot of your time and enjoy doing so.
  2. Is there something you are constantly curious about? Most people have one or more topics that they spend a lot of time researching/reading about. This might be climate change, how to play different songs on a musical instrument, how to build robots, etc. Take note of these topics if there are any.
  3. What do your friends and family say about you? It could be difficult to self-analyze and pinpoint your favorite topics or activities, and it is always a good idea to get a second opinion from people you trust. You might not have realized the many hours you spend chatting with your mom about justice and law or to your PE partner about football. So, take a moment to ask people close to you about what they have noticed you spending time on and enjoying.

I hope that these three questions have brought some interesting topics and activities to the surface. Identifying your passion helps give a sense of reason to everyday activities so that it is not so easy for life’s ups and downs to knock you down. The next post will build on these themes to create actionable goals for yourself.

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