passion

Everyone Sucks

You Gotta Start Somewhere

In any endeavor, starting out sucking is what eventually makes you great. Due to the current state of our wildly competitive, fast-paced world, it may be overlooked that if you want to build something substantial — a company, a skill, or otherwise — you have to start at ground zero. While there will never be another band like Nirvana or another company like Apple, there will be another world-changing entity of equal prominence. Hell, there will be more than one! When you find yourself at the helm of any project, regardless of what you hope it’ll eventually become, it's important to measure the budding life of your work by your own standards, and not try to prematurely live up to someone else’s. Let me explain…

You're Not the Only One

How many times have you come up with an idea and dismissed it because it wasn’t immediately perfected and polished to the caliber of excellence that others before you have achieved? I’ve fallen into this trap myself, and after absorbing our featured quote by Dave Grohl, it struck a chord inside me (pun intended). I discovered that I would constantly disregard the fact that my heroes once sucked as much or even worse than I did. 

Faith + Confidence = Win

This enlightenment strengthened two qualities in me that I believe are essential to anyone trying to make a name for themselves, rather than uphold a name for someone else while being paid minimum wage to do it. Those qualities are faith and confidence. On the surface these two traits seem similar, but in truth, they hold subtle differences that define a person on the verge of greatness.

Fueling the Fire

Consider this: you can’t have faith without confidence, and you can’t have confidence without faith. Inherently, you must be confident that your idea will work, or that you will have the determination to practice and hone your skills. Equally, you must believe that what you’re doing has purpose, or else passion — the innate faith — will not be able to fuel you. When the members of Nirvana first got together in a garage and sucked, they started practicing. As time went on, Dave Grohl was confident in his improving skills, and had faith in his bandmates to improve with him. The late Steve Jobs had faith in his idea that humans were missing a piece of technology that could change their lives forever, and he had the confidence to pursue its creation. 

Opportunity is Everywhere

While Rome wasn’t built in a day, we now have a lot of tools to build Rome much faster than an ancient civilization could. This fact echoes through any industry — you're more informed and have more tools at your disposal than any of your predecessors ever had, no matter the space you're in. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the accolades of brilliant people in the world today and failing to bet on yourself. Don’t let the triumph of others intimidate you; instead let it inspire you to know that those same people used to suck, maybe even worse than you.

Get a Grip On Passion

Are You Missing Something?

Did you ever wonder if there was something more to your life than what exists in your fridge or on your cell phone screen? Something other than a monotonous, scripted timeline that lays out your foreseeable future? If you have wondered this, you’re missing passion. Passion comes in many forms, and can be mistaken for something else if not measured properly. There are various ways to discover what you’re passionate about, how to determine if you’ve already found your passion, and what pitfalls can sap or even stifle your passion altogether. Let me explain…

What Passion Isn't

First, it’s important to identify what passion isn’t. Passion contributes to your life or the world in a positive way. In other words, playing that hot new video game for 18 hours in a row does not mean you’re a “passionate gamer.” It means you just wasted approximately 17 hours of your life (I know this from experience). Letting off steam and indulging in some entertainment for an hour by playing a video game is definitely not a bad thing, but when it begins to rule your life and give you nothing in return except a sweet new virtual kingdom or ten new unlocked levels, you’re losing time you could have spent looking for your passion. If you’re not a gamer, substitute any unproductive activity — binge watching Netflix, scouring the annals of Facebook, taking 100 BuzzFeed quizzes — I think you get the point.

The Answer to Your Question

So, for review, your passion is something that you can do for 18 hours in a row which contributes positively to your life or the world. Obviously, the video game example doesn’t do anything constructive for you other than make you really good at something that, unless you’re going to be one of a handful of humans on the planet who makes a decent living playing video games, is probably not the best use of your time. Passion reveals your unique skills that can be used to better your life mentally, physically and/or monetarily. I’m sure you’re wondering, “How the hell do I find my passion, then?” The answer is simpler than you think. Are you ready for it? Are you sure? Okay, you asked for it! To find your passion, you must… *drumroll*hunt.

Self-Examination

To hunt for passion, you have to consider what makes you happy. Think of something you’ve always been curious about. Maybe you’ve always been fascinated by the musicians who live in your car radio. Or, maybe you aren’t a music person, but you love the thought of building a car stereo. Maybe you’re bored by mechanical construction and despise the glam of top 40 music on the radio as well as on TV, but you really dig how life-like your video game graphics are. 

The Ultimate Reward

Whatever you find that interests you in this crazy world, which, by the way, is a treasure trove of curiosities, it’s up to you to put your foot down (or your video game controller) and try something new. Take an online class at UDemy.com without spending a dime. Ask someone you admire or respect what kind of hobbies they have. Go to a local pawn shop and strum the strings of a guitar. Hunt. You will be rewarded.