Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Finding Your Passion is Like a Marathon

Today I am sharing a guest post by Sam Davidson. He is a writer, entrepreneur, and dreamer who believes that the world needs more passionate people. To help people find and live their passion, he has written 50 Things Your Life Doesn’t Need. He is the co-founder of Cool People Care and Proof Branding, and lives in Nashville with his wife and daughter. I read his blog and am pretty excited about his book. This post is part of his blog tour for the book, and you can learn more about the book itself here. I definitely recommend checking it out!

I've done two marathons in my lifetime (this pales in comparison to Melanie's eight). Each was easier than finding my passion. Let that be a lesson to you - both about marathons and passions.

It took me nearly four years to find my passion and turn it into my profession. A fair warning: not everyone needs to turn their passion to their job; it just worked out that way for me. But, everyone does need to find his or her passion.

I firmly believe the world needs more passionate people.
This is why I wrote 50 Things Your Life Doesn't Need. It's a guide to finding and living your passion that shows you how getting rid of what isn't important can help you discover what truly is. Likewise, it works in reverse - once you find what matters above all else, you can begin to let what isn't fall to the wayside.

I don't think you'll discover your passion over coffee one afternoon. The journey is too important to be over with in a single sitting. The journey is also too complex to run its course during the time it takes to watch a movie and eat dinner. Your passion is your life's work and pursuit; why do we think we can capture it quickly?

This is why they give out medals at the end of marathons. You've accomplished something. You trained. You spent much more time on this race than the three, four, or five hours it took to cover 26.2 miles. Something deeper went into it. You changed your diet, your eating habits, and your routine. You laid it on the line. You worked hard. You sacrificed.

Your passion demands the same.

In the book, I offer the reader six questions to help him or her discover his or her passion. Here are three of them:
- If I'm known for only one thing, what is it?
- What do I value?
- When do I feel fulfilled?

As you can see, answering these questions accurately isn't something than can be done quickly, nor should it be. These questions - and their answers - are meant to be lived with deeply in order to find an answer that is meaningful and true.

So - set out for this race, this journey of a lifetime. Take it one step at a time, but realize that you're in it for the long haul. It's worth it. Trust me.


erika said...

Great post, Melanie and Sam! I love this part especially: "Your passion is your life's work and pursuit; why do we think we can capture it quickly?"

I blog about passion discovery and pursuit at my blog, Beyond the Gray ( I agree with what you're saying, this is a big (and extremely important) quest, one that requires patience and commitment.

And, yes, the world does need more passionate people!


Sam Davidson said...

Thanks for the comment, Erika! I'll definitely check out your blog - sounds awesome.

Here's to hoping of us can help others find their passion with the right timing!