Passion Comes Second

Finding your passion(s) isn’t about knowing, it’s about trying.

Curiosity comes first. Passion comes second.

It’s giving a bunch of things a go and see what brings you joy and challenges you.

I think the big problem people struggle with is the put too much pressure on themselves to find something they love but also allows them to make a living. Or finding something they love that they are good at.

It’s like betting the farm in a game of poker when you don’t even know how to play.

How can you be passionate about something you haven’t tried or know nothing about?

It’s better to always be trying new things for the sheer fun of it, with little or no expectations of money or reward.

Approaching something with no expectations usually makes the experience more enjoyable. Think about the last time you went to the movie theaters (remember those?). Maybe you had low expectations for the movie because an online review said it wasn’t great, and they were right, but after watching it you ended up having a great time. What gives? Was the movie bad or good? The movie was bad, but what changed was your expectations. On the other hand, if you had gone in with massive expectations and it ended up being bad, you’d be disappointed.

Piling the fate of the universe on finding your passion will just overwhelm you from ever finding or choosing it. Better to approach things with wonder and playfulness than come from a place of pressure and worry.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1079 ☕️

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Applying Your Curiosity

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

Oprah Winfrey

What I wrote about ambition also applies to passion, curiosity, and skill. Passion expands to more passions.

Questions lead to partial answers, and partial answers lead to more questions.

And the more I learn about something, the deeper I desire to go. And not only that, learning a skill usually leads to discovering other interesting skills. If you are driven by genuine curiosity, your interests will go deep and wide.

There’s a catch though—our time is limited. Our interests might be abundant but our time isn’t. Which means we have to choose what’s most important to us.

If you could do anything in the universe, what would you do?

Think bigger than a vacation at the beach—which is my immediate response. 🙂 If money wasn’t an issue, what would you do?

Would you start your own business?

Would you spend more time with your family?

Would you (finally) learn piano like you’ve been wanting to for the past forever?

That’s where you should apply your passion, skill, and curiosity. Even if you have to do it on the side, or only on weekends. Life is too short for us to ignore and postpone what we really want to do.

Maybe going full-time on your own tech company isn’t possible right now. Okay, so what’s the next best thing? You could work on your hard and soft skills, like web apps and leadership to cultivate yourself into the person that could run a successful company. You could work on your network of creatives and entrepreneurs. You could take 10-15% of your paycheck that you would normally spend on whatever-whatever’s and save it for when the time is right to leap.

Now is the time to take a step.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #948

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Zero Motivation: Part 2

“I never worry about action, but only inaction.”

Winston Churchill

There’s a lot of things that I fear. I fear of making the wrong decisions and never recovering. I fear complacency. I get nervous whenever I talk in front of a crowd, or sing and play music in front of others. I even get nervous every time I’m about to record a podcast interview. I play it off easily, but my heart is thumping loudly in my chest. But there’s one thing I fear more than anything and that’s inaction.

One thing that really kicks me into high gear is considering the consequences of inaction. 

Perhaps its because I enjoy many disciplines (art, music, design, programming, dancing, health, etc), but I’m keenly aware of how little time I actually have to focus on learning and creating. 

After a relationship, job, friends, family, dog, eating, exercise and rest, there are only a finite amount of hours remaining to pursue creativity and learn new skills. It’s easy to forget and fall into a spiral of endless tv and movies on the dozens of (and growing) streaming platforms vying for our time. Don’t get me wrong— I love entertainment. I love a good story. I watch TV and movies and read fiction and occasional play games. For example, I’m obsessed with the limited series DEV’s right now, from FX on Hulu. But is entertaining myself at the same level of importance as pursuing my dreams? I think not. Otherwise, my priorities are misaligned.

Besides starting small and building momentum, another great way to motivate yourself to do something is through fear of inaction. 

Solution #2: Fear Inaction Over Action

Having a dream by itself isn’t enough. How many countless people over the centuries have come and gone without fulfilling their dreams or living a life true to themselves. It’s sad but true. And it can happen to us too. Having a dream doesn’t mean it will happen. That takes work and the discipline to work even when you don’t feel like it at the moment.

Is this something you want? Is this goal of yours something you are passionate about?

Then take a good long at what’s preventing you from doing it. Passion is the true motivator. But fear of inaction is what get’s the engine revving. 

Fearing inaction essentially means paying attention to what your life could look like if you didn’t act. Imagine yourself learning how to write and practicing writing every day for the next five years. What kind of writer would you be then? Would you have a bestselling novel? Would you impact not only your life but the lives of others everywhere? Now imagine yourself not writing for five years. You wanted to, but you never made the time for it. Things always seemed to get in the way. And now, five years have gone by but your dream of being a writer hasn’t moved an inch. This is the heart of fearing inaction.

Replace “writing” with whatever it is you desire to do— dance, practice guitar, calligraphy, run, become a vegan, etc.

This isn’t about patience. This is is about complacency. By fearing not taking steps towards our goals, we learn to push through our lack of motivation and what we are feeling like at the moment (lazy, tired, bored, achy, sore, depressed, sad, scattered, etc) And find a way forward. 

We take action because if we didn’t we would regret it.

Now ask yourself, “if I didn’t do _____ today, would I regret it?”

“In a year from now, what would I regret not having done?”

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #896

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Life Principle #5: Create A Life Mission

“There’s something in your heart, 
and it’s in your eyes, the fire,
Inside you.”

You don’t say good luck, 
You say don’t give up, it’s the fire,
Inside you.”

The Roots, The Fire

The times in my life where am the most stuck is when I lose track of where I want to go in life. Why am I doing this? When you don’t have an aim — a truth north — to guide you forward, it’s easy to spin in circles and stay in nowheresville. You feel stuck because you keep doing the same old things day in and day out without any rhyme or reason. 

When I meet someone new, I can immediately tell if they have a life mission.  They have a spark in their eyes. You can feel their energy. They have a getup and go power that most — the ones who haven’t found their life mission yet — don’t have. 

Life Principle #5: Create A Life Mission

Your Life Mission is your purpose in life. It’s your passion, your desires — It’s what you feel most strongly towards. The thing that fuels and drives you.

Your Fire.

A spark is all it takes to ignite your life.

When you unlock your mission, your life snaps into place. 

Now, I’m sure you’ve heard a thousand bloggers, books and people out there tell you to find your purpose. Find your purpose and you will succeed. I think most people treat their purpose like they are hunting for Easter eggs on Christmas Day. We don’t find our purpose in life — We create it.

We don’t find our purpose in life — We create it.

Leave finding your purpose to the self-help shamans who haven’t practiced a day in their life what they say.

You have the capability to create your mission in life right now.

It’s not all rainbows and unicorn cupcakes of course. 

For one, knowing your life mission is one thing, but living it is another. 

The more you align your daily living with your mission, the strong you’re fire will be. But there will always be opportunities and distractions you can say YES to that will pull you away from your purpose.

And sometimes circumstances, setbacks, and failures come crashing into our perfectly invincible lives.

But creating your mission in life makes you more resilient to the setbacks that come your way. In fact, your setbacks can become fuel to overcome the painful moments to get to the meaningful ones.

Instead of feeling stuck, you know you’re just not THERE yet. You still have some learning to grow.

Instead of despairing in failure, you see it as an opportunity to go further.

Instead of going around in circles, you have an aim to shoot for.

How to Create Your Life Mission

Creating your life mission is about trying on new hats and seeing what fits.

Start by looking for signs of that fire in your eyes. How do you feel when you pick up a guitar? How do you feel when you dance? How do you feel when you’ve captured a moment with your camera? How do you feel when you travel? 

Your Life Mission should feel uncomfortable, yet unbelievable. Where, you’re scared to take the leap, yet when you do, you’ve never felt more ALIVE.

Examine your life.

Q: What do you like, what do you dislike? List and draw it out.

Q: Do you see a thread underneath your favorite things to do?

My mission in life is to become a Renaissance Man, a master of multiple crafts and life of meaning and worth. My mission is to serve millions of people and help them reach their greatest potential. And my mission is creativity. To pursue creativity and imagination in all that I do.

Start creating your life mission today.

Make it larger than life, make it BOLD, and make it too big for one life to hold.

And when you get there, when you reach the top of the mountain — create another.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner