5 Challenges Passion-Seekers Must Face

Challenges for Passion Seekers
There’s a myth circulating that we all must have an innate, burning passion inside of us and we’re bound to discover it if we haven’t already. It’s true that some people have a clear passion from childhood, but most of us need to put in the effort and actively go in search of our passions. It eventually comes to us through a process of learning, opening our eyes to the world and self-discovery.

As a passion-seeker myself, I’ve found that there are five facts you must face and accept to discover your passion:

  1. You’ll Be Different
  2. If you’re going to be searching for your passion, you need to leave the pack and venture out on your own. The people that make up the majority may be satisfied with their careers, but you don’t want to just be satisfied; you want to be fulfilled!

    It can be a lonely road for a while, but you need to believe in yourself and your mission to find what you truly love to do. Steve Jobs said it best when he outlined his 12 rules of success. Guess what the top two rules were? Finding your passion and being different.

  3. You’ll Be Misunderstood
  4. The truth is, not everyone has the courage to follow their heart and intuition. Unfortunately, the people who are unhappy with their lives prefer to ignore their situations and focus on yours. Everyone will have an opinion about your decisions. People are going to tell you that you’re being irresponsible, that you won’t be able to make enough money and that you can’t possibly be happy in such country or doing such work. I’ve heard it all and they were all wrong.

  5. You’ll Feel Nervous
  6. Humans are creatures of habit. We like to make a cozy little nook for ourselves and feel comfortable doing the same things every day. You have to throw that away because discovering your passion is all about stepping way outside of your comfort zone to stretch yourself in ways you never thought possible.

    The first day I arrived in Japan, I immediately felt homesick and cried myself to sleep. Thankfully, I soon realized that the hardest times during my path to finding my passion were those in which I grew the most. Get used to feeling nervous because that’s what it feels like when you’re taking risks and growing.

  7. You’ll Go Through Tough Moments
  8. Deciding to find your passion is just the first step. Along the way, there will be setbacks, there are times that you’ll fail and you may be rejected.

    Just remember that the hard times are lessons too! They could be a test of your determination or a closed door that you need to turn away from, so you can see all the other amazing opportunities there are surrounding you. In fact, the times I was rejected taught me just as much as all the open doors because they forced me to reassess, regroup and find the courage to move on.

  9. You’ll Doubt Yourself
  10. Things never make sense at first. “What was I thinking?” crossed my mind every time I found myself somewhere new. I questioned myself and my decisions.

    Little did I know that every single experience would make itself useful to me in the future, whether it was an opportunity for me to learn new skills, pick up new tidbits as conversation-starters, gain knowledge that would allow me to connect with someone or make new friends who would support me on my path. Be flexible and be a big-picture thinker.

Are there any other challenges you faced as a passion-seeker? How did you overcome them?

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  1. Posted May 18, 2011 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    And few will get it right the first time, right?

  2. Kristin
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    I love your blog Sam! It’s very useful, realistic and encouraging; definitely bringing out your bright, intuitive personality!

    I’ve verrry recently also, made the decision to take complete time off, away from the just ‘okay’ or ‘doable’ day job to start this search too! I haven’t even told the majority of my circle about this decision have already experienced the above. The doubting… stepping out of the comfort zone… others doubting you… pressure from Asian parents (lol) to keep working regardless, comparing yourself to friends.. but I feel it’s definitely best for the long run, no matter how tough it is now.. and guaranteed it will be tough :) I know that even the 2nd or 3rd times I might not find it, and will discover what isn’t right, but you are bang on with all your points!

  3. Posted May 19, 2011 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    You forgot one- you’ll be perfect for you!

  4. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    Saul, there are *always* those who get it right the first time. =) But then they have other challenges along the way! That’s what life’s about, don’t you think? =)

  5. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Wow, Kristin! Thank you so much for your kind words!!

    I’m so ecstatic to hear about this huge step you’re taking! I can totally relate to the pressure from Asian parents too. =) The risks we need to take to go passion hunting aren’t always in line with the idea of being “responsible.” =P

    Kristin, *do* let me know if I can support you in any way!! I’m still figuring things out too and we can learn together. =)

  6. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Roy, thank you *SO* much for adding that! That’s the most important point!!

  7. Abe Palmer
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 6:30 am | Permalink

    If only I had kept a diary, I am sure everyone of these five facts would have contributed to finding my passion. But the one that most influenced my ability to grow into what I have become was #5 Doughting myself and my true abilities to perform. The amazing thing is that my passion has evolved through the years and it continues to grow as my understanding of it increases. I have been on TOP and I have lost it all but my passion for what I do keeps my spirit alive.
    Samantha, you have know idea how this post has now prepared me for the uncertanty of the next month to come.
    Thanks again, Abe

  8. Posted May 19, 2011 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Great post Samantha. VERY interesting. A lot to think about. You always write these just at the right time.

  9. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    Abe, thanks so much for your support! Number 5 was the most powerful for me too — it held me back for the longest time.

    It’s so interesting to hear about how your passion as evolved. That’s a new concept for me. And your humility is inspiring as you talk about how you also lost it all — I hope that I continue to carry the same vigor when times get rough for me as well.

    I hope that I can continue to support you and encourage you as well, Abe! Best of luck through this next month. I’ll be here for you! =)

  10. Samantha Bangayan
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    YES! Janine, I can imagine how this can be relevant for you as venture into writing. Congrats again on your latest gig!! I am so excited for how this is all going to develop for you! =)

    Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment. =)

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