On Pursuing Your Passion
If you haven’t had sleepless nights doing what you truly enjoy, then I think you haven’t found your passion yet.
– Terry Zeng
In 2016, I am 21 years old.
What’s my passion? I don’t know…a little bit of everything. Writing, fashion, photography, reading, learning languages, jogging, eating, cooking, chatting, making friends, joking, music……
I like a lot of things, but looking back at what I have accomplished and the true energy sources that have truly kept me up until late at night – language (French, or more), writing, looking at fashion, and photography.
Have you had times like these? That you feel like even if you are given 48 hours a day to pursue your passion, time is going to fly like you were given 48 minutes. You feel as if you want to skip your 3 hour sleep to the next day so that you can continue the work on this thing that gives you incessant “brainfire.”
My mom found hers – singing, and I appreciate that passion a lot. Maybe because I work for the arts as well.
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell throughly explains the commonalities of the successful people. Though I am only 1/3 done with the book, but we discovered that successful people coincidentally put in 10,o00 hours into doing what they are good at, regardless of how “smart” they are. Yes, intelligence do help a little, but there are many more other factors that shape a person’s success.
I don’t like it when one doesn’t attempt to approach new things in their lives. It’s easy to say “don’t doubt your interest when you haven’t tested it out.” But let’s face it, how many times have you also said “I doubt if I would like that,” “I doubt I could succeed in that,” or “It’s not like I could become Lang Lang if I go learn piano.” Listen to me – do not doubt. Just research about it, plan it, do it, and look ahead of you. Hey! Looking back at everything I have tried and succeeded, I discovered them in coincidence, tried it without knowing I would succeed, and kept it going for a long run! Looking back, I would never have known I could go so far in the first place. Just think of yourself as a blind dog that likes smelling new things on the ground – you never know if the next thing smells good to you or not until you smell it, and maybe what smells bad to others would suit your taste. For this, I am really thankful for my dad’s encouragement and support on everything I am interested in.
Have you found yours yet? If you haven’t had sleepless nights doing what you truly enjoy, then I think you haven’t found your passion yet.