…But What’s My Passion?

December 6, 2010 / Career Development, Opinion / 9 Comments

Check out any interview with any person you consider successful — be it a start-up founder or a CEO of a Fortune 500. They all say variants of the same message: do what you love and you’ll be successful.

Great advice but the problem plaguing me, and perhaps some of my Gen-Y peers, is that we don’t know what the hell we want to do.

Of course, some may ask do you really need to like something to do it well? My answer is no. All it takes is a little bit of initiative and some benchmark analysis a la Google to do something well.

But ‘well’ is not good enough for me. All ‘well’ is doing is pushing the innovation bar a little bit higher — it’ll never bring about great change (by the way, when I say change, I always mean for the better).

To effect great change, you need to push past your 100% and do whatever it takes to make it happen. And the first pre-requisite is to truly care about your cause.

So it’s become incredibly frustrating to not know what I want to do with my career. I can’t help thinking that I’m being left behind in the race of becoming successful. While others are investing all their resources – emotional, financial and time – into something they really believe in, I’m here wasting much of my youth and abilities into seeking what I should be believing in.

But all’s not lost. I have a better inkling of what I want to do now that I’m two years into my first real job.

I love people. I love change. I am learning how to manage people and change — it’s challenging but I’m enjoying every part of it. These passions are still too broad to narrow down into a career path but at least I have a starting point now. And the great thing is that both people and change management can be learned and applied to any role in any field until I am ready to dedicate my life to something(s).

What do you think? Do you have a passion or cause you work would dedicate your life to? If you know me personally, what can you see me do?


  • jing

    just suddenly a thought, when answer seems hard to get at, perhaps a wrong question has been asked?

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      Doubt it. No such thing as wrong or right when it comes to introspection. IMHO, if you don’t have an answer it means you just haven’t introspected hard enough. Haha.

  • ram

    hi.. this is the best quote i have ever heard about change… said by Mahatama Gandhi Indian freedom fighter and philosopher ….

    “Be the change you want to see in the world.” so start changing .. I really start loving your thoughts and writing style. very simple, invoking , especially the blog about Matrix …The Irony of It All. simply superb..

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      Hi Ram, Thanks for dropping by and sharing! :)

  • http://sigg3.net Sigg3

    I love hamburgers and hot dogs, but I don’t know how hamburgers and hot dogs would make the world a better place. Please advice.

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      @Sigg3, Why don’t you ask the McDonald’s brothers? :)

  • http://riyuu.org Jenny

    I’m right in there with you – graduation is less than 6 months away, but I still haven’t got a clue on what to do with my life. While it’s a bit frightening (to say the least), it’s also exhilarating, and who knows which doors might open up for me tomorrow.

    Sometimes I feel that people try too hard to “figure everything out”. Sometimes it’s better to take a step back and just let the chips fall where they may :)

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      Well, I think it’s a little bit different for fresh grads or grads-to-be. You haven’t “wasted” time to gain experience in a field yet so you have almost unlimited opportunities to pursue. I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I graduated too. Doesn’t help that I had a major in Political Science – which is not very practical. Just send your resume out to as many places, in as many different fields which you think you may be interested and go from there. :)

  • http://lifeasrose.ca Rose

    I don’t think I really have a passion, and I don’t think I even have a *thing* that I am more talented at than anyone else in the world, which bothers me all the time. I feel overwhelmingly normal and boring!

    There’s not a lot I can do about it, though, so I just…. Move towards things where I at least have SOME talent, if not bucketloads….