Not everyone’s as lucky as I am to have fallen into their passion. I was 17 years old and fell in love with lifting weights. I had been working out since the age of 13 and it was a sort of mental outlet for me. The gym felt like home where I got to hang out with friends. People of all ages and backgrounds with the same lifestyle as me.
A man wanting to lose weight walked in the door at the gym I was working at. Weighing 400lbs I felt the need to help this guy. So I did.
I trained him 5 days a week for free and helped him lose 200lbs. I wasn’t a personal trainer (yet) but that’s how it all started. In fact the willingness to do it for free is part of the passion that I discuss below.
People would see this guy melting fat away every week and started asking me to help them too. The owner of the club named Laurier at NBD got me on board because I was now in demand. I owe a lot to him having let me become a trainer at such a young age.
What I learned at that point was this:
“No one cares what you know until they know that you care.”
Looking back now I cared …a lot and that’s what guided me.
This question of finding your passion has always intrigued me. People always say to me “you’re lucky you found your passion” but fail to dissect what that means.
What is passion?
Passion is an intense enthusiasm or desire for something. Fitness and nutrition was that for me.
So if you’re looking to find what your true passion is the first question you need to ask yourself is what do you enjoy? What do you enjoy learning or doing on your free time? What would you do for free?
It can be anything, teaching: Hockey, writing, golf, cycling, working out, traveling or playing the guitar.
Now that you’ve answered that, hold on to that thought because there’s more to it. It’s not enough to just like something to succeed at it. We happen to live in a world where we compete over one another. Standards keep getting higher.
Now this next question is a little harder to answer but it helps if you think back to your school days.
You see, I can play the guitar but I’m pretty bad at it. Back in school, I had a friend that started at the same time as me but while I was still trying to figure out basic chords, he was playing songs. His ability to learn music was much stronger than mine. (Check him out here, he’s the one playing the drums.)
I was mediocre in most subjects in school but I was good at biology, gym and art. Weird mix, huh? But if you look at those subjects you can see that I should be good at sculpting bodies using fitness and understanding how nutrition affects the body.
If you want to succeed you need to focus and the better you know this from the start the better off you will be. So the question is:
What subjects came easy to you?
Once you’ve answered this question you need to get creative and bring those two questions together.
Here is what the formulae should look like:
I love sports
Statistics and math come easy to me
= Sports analyst
I love animals
Drama and acting come easy to me
= performer with animals
I love cycling
Drawing and design comes easy to me
= Bike designer
I hope you can get a little creative and figure out your passion.
PS: If you’re thinking your too late to make a switch to finding your passion.
Just take a look at the chart below.