I once attended a seminar where the facilitator shared some statistics that showed that most people in the world today work in careers that they don’t really like. These stats showed that 80% of the world’s population are in this bracket. While I am not totally sure of their accuracy they do reflect the state of our world today.
Many people have never really questioned why they do what they do, working in fields that really don’t make them happy or fulfilled. Some of the reasons that were identified for this trend were shame for not living up to expectations and fear. These are common traits all over the world.
Instead of becoming a part of that 80% statistic and living a mediocre life here are 6 reasons why finding your passion and pursuing it will turn your life around:
1. It’s from God
God as your creator put certain desires in you that he wants you to pursue. Your passion is one thing you can never totally ignore because that is just how God wired you. He has a purpose for your life that requires you to follow that passion for His ultimate glory and not your own.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” ~ Ephesians 2:10
Eventually it weighs so heavily on your heart that you have no other choice but to pursue it. When you do that’s when life really gets exciting. Your passion whatever it may be is a very real thing. Do not ignore it because you’re afraid of what people might think.
2. You do great work
Think about the people that you admire in your life. I am sure you admire them because they produce a standard of excellence in everything they do. While excellence can be nurtured it is much easier to achieve when you love what you do.
“In order to do great work you need to love what you do.” ~ Steve Jobs
There’s a common misconception in the world that says that doing great work needs to be hard. I am not talking about hard work necessarily. Doing great work consistently is the result of working on your natural strengths that are in line with your passion. That is where the difference lies.
3. It opens doors of opportunity
In many cases your passion may not appear to be worth pursuing because ways of making money from it don’t always seem apparent. Mark Zuckerburg for example probably didn’t realize the full potential of what he was creating in Facebook. To him it may only have been a hobby at the time.
“A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.” ~ Proverbs 18:16
Today he’s a billionaire as a result of pursuing his passion coupled with adding value to other people’s lives through his passion. Not every door of opportunity is the right door for you, however. You also need godly wisdom to discern which doors you should open and which ones to close.
4. To inspire others
For a very long time it was believed that no one could run one mile in under four minutes. There was also “scientific evidence” to explain why it could not be done. A man named Roger Bannister probably didn’t listen to those claims because he went on to break that trend and ran one mile in less than four minutes.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” ~ Matthew 5:14
I’m sure you can imagine what might have happened after his accomplishment. Many other athletes were able to do the same because they had seen that it could be done. While you may be doubting your passion there are other people who have a similar one and are just waiting on someone to show them what is possible.
5. To create balance in the world
If you are working in a career or job that you don’t like you must realize that there are other people who can do a better job in your position and vice versa. You may tend to wonder why there’s such a situation in the first place. When everyone is operating in their place of strength everyone wins.
As mentioned earlier some of the reasons include fear and shame of what other people might think. 80% of people operating outside their purpose is really a tragedy because placed in the right environment they would thrive and add value to the people around them.
6. It makes life worth living
I believe a person is happiest when he finds his place of purpose and uses his strengths to do great things. Operating in your strengths makes life meaningful. Life is not really about the money, it’s the sense of purpose and belonging that makes your life worth living. This one reason alone should push you to follow your passion.