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Dr Amit Nagpal
Discover Your Deepest Passion 03 August, 2011
The article emphasizes upon discovering the deepest passion before starting the personal brand building process. Several tools such as meditation and self-reflection can be used to discover our deepest passion.

DISCOVER YOUR Deepest Passion"You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle." - Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple Computer.

Before you start building your Personal Brand, it is important to ensure that you have made the right career choice. To make certain that you make the right career choice, you must first discover your deepest passion. The film '3 Idiots' has introduced the masses to the concept of passion and its correlation with success. In fact once I jokingly wrote on Facebook, "Times change and so do meanings. After the release of the film 3 Idiots in India, my students are proudly claiming' "Yes, I am an Idiot, Proud to be...."

Self-reflection with the help of meditation is the best way to discover our true and deepest passion. We can use many spiritual and non-spiritual tools to discover our passions but using meditation can make the process of discovery much faster. If you feel more comfortable with self reflection or plain contemplation or sitting silently surrounded by nature rather than meditation, it is very much fine. Once the chatter of conscious mind is gone, then only our subconscious mind can help us with its intuitive capabilities. It provides us the wisdom, intuition and clarity of thinking to find out what we truly want. We have many passions in life or many hobbies we feel passionate about, but it takes time to discover our true passion. I feel passionate about travelling and meeting new people, playing chess, teaching, training, coaching, brand management, spirituality, life skills and inspiring people. Now I could not have pursued all my passions to make a living, I needed to be focused to my deepest passion.Here are the 7 simple steps to discover your true passion. Now take 7 plain paper sheets and write your answers on separate sheet for each step.

7 Simple Steps to Discover Your True Passion

Make a list of all the hobbies and activities, you feel passionate about or you enjoy doing. Write all the activities without evaluation.Shortlist these activities and separate the 3-5 activities, which make you really immersed and make you forget everything. Take a personality/career test, if possible. A popular example is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test. Ask yourself these questions.Have you won any awards, contests, competitions, etc., in any of the shortlisted activities? Do you love to read and find out more and more about a particular subject? What makes you curious? Do your SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity and Threats) Analysis. Ask people for your strengths and take suggestions from them. Match the strengths which you have (in your opinion) with the strengths suggested by close friends and family members. Shortlist which are common to both.Match the shortlisted activities with shortlisted strengths. Which are the activities where you can apply your core strengths? Remember the magic formula PPP or Triple P viz. Passion, Persistence and Patience. Remember to enjoy the journey and don?t focus too much on reaching the destination. Be persistent and have patience, results will surely come and I promise you they will be astounding.

When you have found your true passion (which can become your life's mission), you will feel amazing excitement and feel as if you are bursting with energy. You will get fully immersed in work, lose track of the world and time and the output which will come through such work shall be world class or outstanding. (Remember it takes time to discover one's true passion but tools like meditation can help you discover it faster.) A Life with a Mission Dr Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist Teacher says, "Those who wake up each morning with work to accomplish and a mission to fulfill are the happiest people of all. Please exert yourselves vigorously with the determination to live each day to the fullest so that you may compose a golden diary of life." A student of mine wrote something similar on Facebook, so enlightening. "For living a life of worthiness, one doesn't need to know what the world needs. . . One needs to know what is that one thing which makes you come alive and you just go do it. You will find the answer to what world needs i.e. it needs people who have come alive. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful." - Albert Schwisser

About The Author
Dr Amit Nagpal is a Personal Branding Consultant and Social Media Trainer. He is based in New Delhi, India. His philosophy is, "Enlarge as a Human Being, Excel as a Social Media Being, Evolve into a Personal Brand". He writes a blog, Global Personal Branding 3E.
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