13 Questions to Ask Yourself to Discover Your Passion

Bassam and I have been talking a lot lately about our passions and what we want to do with our lives. We believe there is no point in living a mediocre life or to be stuck every day doing something that doesn’t excite you. This conversation also got us wondering how people discover what their passion is in the first place. Here’s what I think.

You know what your passion is. We all do. You may not know you know it, but deep down, we all know ourselves better than we think. Sometimes it just takes a little bit of trust in ourselves and digging deep to allow ourselves to discover what it is that lights our fire.

I came up with this list of questions that always helps me figure out what it is I want and what I’m excited about. Ask yourself the following questions. Then reflect upon your answers and see if you can find a pattern.

There is no right or wrong here. Be honest with yourself and pay extra attention to the first thing that comes to mind. Don’t worry about whether the thing you love can be a job. That’ll be an exercise for another day. For now, focus on discovering what makes your heart sing and what makes you love life.

1. What did you spend hours doing when you were a child? What were your favorite games?

2. What does your perfect day consist of?

3. What makes you the most jealous when you see other people doing it?

4. If you had 4 hours a day to do something just for you, what would it be? {No to-do lists allowed}

5. When do you feel the most energized? After what type of activities, in what type of environments?

6. If you could get paid to do absolutely anything, what would it be?

7. During what types of activities do you lose track of time?

8. What do you like to read about? What types of shows do you like to watch?

9. What did you want to be when you grew up?

10. What do you people always mention are your strengths? What do people most often come to you for advice about?

11. What was the last project you worked on that you went above and beyond on and felt proud of your work?

12. What have you always wanted to do, but have never had the time/money/or other resources to do it?

13. If you won the lottery today and didn’t need to work for the rest of your life, how would you spend your days?

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