What do Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Celine Dion have in common?
As it turns out, all three of them (and along with many other successful people) have found their passion from a very early age.
At just 10 years old, investing legend Warren Buffett visited the New York Stock Exchange on a trip to New York.
He has also been deeply fascinated with business and investing at a time when his peers were still learning how to multiply numbers.
Bill Gates was no different. He fell in love with computers and programming while he was stills studying, and was even excused from math class to pursue his passion.
And Celine Dion made her first public appearance at a tender age of just five years old.
All three of them knew exactly what they wanted to do from an extremely young age, and they pursued it relentlessly.
How it is that these people are able to decide what they want to do with their lives at such a young age, while the rest of us are either lost or confused about our calling in life?
And more importantly, how can we find out our true passion in life?
That’s what you’re going to discover in this article.
Find Out What You Don’t Want To Do
For most people, it’s really difficult deciding what you want to do. And it’s much easier starting with what you don’t want to do.
Rather than having 1,000 different possibilities to choose from, you can narrow them down to just a handful by eliminating those that you have absolutely no intention of pursuing.
In this step, you should only strike out those that you have no interest in learning. It doesn’t matter, at this stage, if you have the skills or not.
What Do You Want to Do/Learn?
From that list, find out if there is something that interests you. It might be a hobby that you’re currently pursuing, or it might even be something you want to learn.
Was there something that you’ve always wanted to do as a child? But perhaps you never pursued it because people told you that it wasn’t realistic or practical.
You might’ve wanted to become a rock star, or a pilot, or even a CEO of your own company.
Identify a couple of such jobs that strongly interests you and write them down on a piece of paper.
But keep it to 3 items or less because you won’t have time to “try out” too many of them.
If you find that you there are too many things that you want to do and you can’t decide on the three things you want to do, try this exercise.
Write all of them down on a piece of paper, and ask yourself, “If I can only choose one, would I rather do this or that?”
Run through your entire list until you end up with only three.
What Skills Do You Need?
For each of your “dream job”, identify all the skills that are needed in order for you to become a professional and earn at least a decent income from it.
For example, let’s say you want to be an entrepreneur. There are certain skills that you need to pick up, such as hiring, financial management, leadership, sales, and speaking skills.
Once you’ve identified all the skills required of your dream jobs, put a tick next to each of them if it’s a skill that you currently possess, and put a cross next to those that you need to work on.
The more ticks and less crosses you have means that it’s relatively easy for you to switch careers, since you already have most of the skills required for that job.
If you have few ticks and many crosses, it means that you need to spend more time acquiring those skills before you’re ready to change jobs.
Learn and Practice as Much as Possible
Now that you’ve identified the skills that you need to work on, go out there are acquire them.
Read books about that subject, listen to interviews of successful people, attend seminars, and network with people in your industry.
Do as much research as you can about your passion. Ask those that are already doing what you’re doing about their lifestyle and what it took for them to get to where they are.
The point here is to expose yourself to the industry as much as possible, first to gain the skills and connections, and second to determine if it’s really something you want to do.
Give Yourself 10 Years
Once you’ve decided on that one (or two) things you want to dedicate your life to, don’t quit your day job just yet.
Research has constantly found that most successful people only manage to become experts in their field only after 10 years of hard work.
And child prodigies are no exception. In fact, even the youngest grandmaster in the world only managed to earn that title after 9 years of practice.
Chances are that you need the steady income from your current job to maintain your current lifestyle. And jumping into your passion with both feet is just setting yourself up for failure.
After all, you can’t teach a drowning person how to swim.
The best thing you can do right now is to start small, and slowly work your way up.
So, if your dream is to run a successful business, you could start an internet business first. That way, you can keep your day job and work for a few hours when you’re free.
Once you start seeing consistent results, you can then decide to upgrade from a part-time to a full-fledged entrepreneur.
Success won’t come immediately. Give yourself 10 years to master your craft if you want to become the top 1% in your industry.
And that’s why it’s important that you do what you love, because most people aren’t patient enough to wait for 10 years to taste their success.
Never Give Up
As with everything in life, things never go according to plan. You’ll face countless obstacles along your way and you’ll meet people who will sway you off your path.
Your passion might waver at times, and you may feel like it’s not worth putting in so much effort.
And when you find yourself in that situation, here’s a quote from Rocky Balboa that will tide you through your difficult times.
It’s one of the best quote ever, and it has inspired many people to achieve their dreams, and I hope it does the same for you too.
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.
It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.
You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward.
That’s how winning is done!
Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth.
But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not point fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody.
Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”