It is never too late to “break in” to your passion

Sit back and think what you are doing with your life. Are you working towards achieving something which you are really passionate about or has your true passion in life eluded you thus far? It is never too late to realize your passion, do something that will give you peace, motivation and self satisfaction. I was talking to one of my friends about her passion and what she wants to do in future. She is multi-talented and academically strong as well. But still she is not able to enjoy the current state of affairs in her life. The reason is lack of right motivation and mundane course of daily work. When I asked her more about her niche and interests, she was confused. This is the issue most of us are dealing with on an everyday basis. Everyone has some special quality or skill that needs to be explored. If you have not found your passion in life yet, don’t worry about it. Ask yourself below questions and you might be able to figure out in which direction to go:

I don’t have time is a lame excuse for ”I don’t care about this enough” .. stop deluding yourself

What is that one thing that you can do repetitively?

Ask yourself, what is that one thing that you can do repetitively without having anyone to push you for the same? It is never too late to break into your passion anytime. It will not be surprising if you come up with more than one thing that you are passionate about. You have to prioritize and find out what you are good at and enjoy doing more. But remember to not confuse passion with recreation because passion makes your work feel like recreation, but recreation is not passion. Likewise, don’t ever confuse your profession with your passion, although they could be same.

What matters most: living up to your own expectations rather than to others?

There are so many people who are successful in different fields. Now just imagine, if they had not pursued their passion and blindly followed what was expected from them as a kid, as a student, or as a follower then would they have gone on to become legends in their respective fields? Imagine if Roger Federer had chosen to pursue another profession other than tennis. Surely, we would have missed out on witnessing one of history’s greatest legend in tennis, playing in all his glory, winning all accolades that can be awarded in the competitive professional sport. Ask yourself how would we have witnessed so many spell binding award winning movies in the absence of great creative directors and producers like Steven Spielberg, Qentin Tarantino, and so many other creative luminaries.

Don’t be afraid of failures, what matters is how you react to it.

There’s a tradition of so many great minds, including Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, and Abraham Lincoln who struggled early in their lives with academics but went on to do and achieve great things. Jack Ma the co-founder and executive chairman of the Alibaba Group, a multinational technology conglomerate struggled and faced so many failures that most of us cannot even stomach in a lifetime. Ma did not get deterred after being rejected by Harvard 10 times and stayed optimistic even after being turned down for 30 jobs. He is a living proof that no series of failures (despite how cripplingly depressing) can keep someone from achieving their dreams.

Innovate, don’t imitate else you will lag behind.

Don’t imitate others, be yourself but allow the people you admire to inspire you. Those who merely imitate will always be one step behind. At first you might feel that if your friend, co-worker or someone you know is doing it and is successful then you also can do the same thing. But no, hold back yourself right there because that will not be the case. Soon you will be fatigued of it or you might feel disinterested. Start something that you know you have the creativity to take forward on your own. You can be motivated by others but the ideas should be your own.

Reading can train your mind to imagination to think big.

Self learning is very important. You should be well versed about the field in which you want to work. There is a ton of data and learning resources available online (for free) so one should not rely on limited knowledge. Especially in this dot-com era, where all of us have our very own best friend called Google. Read, read and read until you feel that you have the conviction to defend your viewpoints.

Late bloomers, not losers.

What about those who succeed late in life – the late bloomers. Frankly speaking, there is no such thing like early achievers or late bloomers. That is the same as asking if it is better to start Facebook at 19 or IBM at 61? For the world at large it does not matter. Perhaps Facebook could never happen if IBM did not exist. Should Charles Flint have considered himself a loser when he incorporated IBM out of a time-card punching technology firm at the ripe age of 61? Those time-card punchers turned out to be early prototypes of computers. Thus It is that one push which is required and rest is your hard work and constant learning that takes you forward, time doesn’t matter at all. Therefore, there is no age to succeed, so one should not be afraid to take the first step.

Last but not the least, always remember, goals are dreams with deadlines. 

It is important to dream but it would be disastrous to just sit over those dreams thinking that they will turn into reality one day. We dream because we want to achieve something. However, this alone is not enough. It is certainly important to speculate but what is most important is to conceive your dreams as your goals, set a deadline for yourself and work hard to achieve them. It is okay if you miss some deadlines on the way to working towards your passion, but what is important is to take the plunge, discover your hidden potential and keep grinding to attain your goals.

Keep exploring, be motivated and be the change today.

Until next time… Payal

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65 thoughts on “It is never too late to “break in” to your passion

  1. Truly motivating…Yes, there is no such time limit or deadline for achieving your goals but it is also important to set your goal with a deadline.

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  2. This is so true. I spent most of my days afraid to quit my job and pursue my passion. After months of “convincing myself”, I finally did it and your blog post is just a confirmation that I made the right choice. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. When dreams turn into goals deadlined with timeframe & passion is passionately followed then everything & anything is possible. Entire universe takes the follower into its wings to bless him/her with resultant. It’s true that it’s never late to ignite the fire of passion to pursue the goals one dreams setting the deadlines….

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  4. I don’t have time is a lame excuse for ”I don’t care about this enough” – might seem harsh but it’s so true! If you care enough, you have to find the time! 😉 Great reading, thanks for sharing your thoughts! 😉

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    1. Ben, you pointed out the problem really well. We get so much comfortable and lethargic at times that we end up doing the mundane work that doesn’t give us joy and satisfaction. And the sad part is, that we regret later about the lost time.

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  5. Passion is the driving force. If we are really passionate about something it gives us power. It is the first step to move forward in life. Thank you what an inspiring post.

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  6. Fun story. My grandpa was a dentist for the better part of his life. He did it because his family did that stuff and he wanted to be successful. this lead to extreme depression. So, even tho he past his prime years he decided to become a politician. He then became a governor in oklahoma. Never too late to do what makes you happy!

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  7. This is so good! I am almost 40 and I just started doing what I love! Writing for a living! I may never be rich, but I am doing what I love!

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  8. I think that most people are afraid to pursue their passions because of the insecurities. Most of the times passion means no stable financial income, and that can be a big challenge in someone’s life.

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  9. I love this post so much!Many times I’ve heard, “It’s too late”, or “I’m too old”. Who put an expiration date on pursuing your passion?

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  10. I definitely agree that it is never too late. I think we often play the comparison game and it makes us feel inadequate compared to others. What we need to do is focus on ourselves, find our own passion and create our own deadlines. Start where you are and go after what you want to do! No excuses!

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  11. I can say your writings truly comes by heart. It touched me and woke me up from reading the entire page. I can’t say thank you enough, please continue to inspire people and share that gift to the world. You will change so many lives!

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  12. These are great tips. I totally agree that age should not be a factor for you to do something you are passionate about! people change what they do all the time and what is most important is that you are happy.

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  13. This is so very true that it is never too late in life to do what you are passionate about. You must do what that is or you will regret it for sure!

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  14. Wow, this was such a truly motivating post! I feel so inspired now to follow my passions! As I turn 30 this year, I felt like it was too late to do many of the things I want to do but this has changed my way of thinking! ❤

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  15. I have no idea who told people when they became adults to neglect their goals and dreams. Even if you are at a place you dont want to work a passion should still be fulfilled it shouldnt remain dormant.

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  16. the fear of the unknown has driven people far from their passion, no one will read this and still be thinking, break free is mine own tittle for this, thanks for sharing.

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  17. I was an accountant before I became a photographer and I was always so scared to pursue my passion and for a long time I stayed comfortable with my nice job and steady income. Then one day I said I was not happy and decided to just take the plunge. Best decision ever!

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  18. Wow, very inspiring post to read! I agree with you that there is no age limits nor deadlines of achieving your dreams and I am sure that if you are passionate from it, you will able to achieve and be success of doing it.

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  19. In school I was by far a good student in English class. What I did well was creative writing. Photography was an activity I enjoyed. Now more then thirty years later because of an accident I have combined my interest in photography and writing into my blog.

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  20. I try to pursue my passion every day though I have a lot of naysayers surrounding me. It is frustrating as I am trying to keep more positive in the sea of negativity.

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