Stop Passion Searching

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Haven’t found your true passion yet? Guess what? it’s okay.

Yesterday morning I got back into my old morning routine: I didn’t press snooze, prepared food for the day and went for a long walk while listening to an inspirational podcast.

The podcast episode: “The Curiosity-Driven Life” on SuperSoul Conversations with Oprah

The episode featured the author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert. Right away she tells us to stop searching for our passions. What? I thought she was crazy, but when we hear something controversial it makes us want to learn more, right?

She explained how she used to preach “follow your passion” until one day she received a Facebook message from a woman saying she didn’t have one, and that her speeches actually made her feel worse. It had never occurred to her that not everyone knew what their passion was their whole life as she had.

This challenged her view on life and people and now she has a new belief and speech;

There are hammers and there are hummingbirds.

Gilbert describes herself as being a hammer. Since kindergarten she’s known that she loves to write and has been writing ever since. Do you know people like this in your life? They have one true passion and have stuck with it since you’ve known them. I’ve always been envious of these types of people.

The other type of person she describes as being hummingbirds. I absolutely fall into this category. She said this type of person is always trying new things and exploring. She brings up her friend who has had several career paths in her life. If this is you, her advice is instead of searching for your “one true passion” just follow your curiosities. This takes the pressure off of having to stick to one thing. When we do this, we can enjoy and learn at our own free will. It’s not as serious as we have previously made it to be.

The beauty of a hummingbird

Hummingbirds cross-pollinate. As someone who has experienced and tried many things, you have the ability to take what you’ve learned in one place and apply elsewhere. Experience is wisdom.

In the podcast, Gilbert says that she is the person many people come to for counseling and advice. But she says that when she is in a rut, she calls her hummingbird friend. Her friend has lived through so much that she does not judge anyone for where they are in their life. And because she has experienced so much, she has wisdom to draw from many places to give great advice.

I really love that.

Are you a hammer or a hummingbird?

Thanks for reading.

XO,

Coco

3 Signs That You Found “It”

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Have you ever done something for someone else without expecting something in return? How did you feel after? Doing for others makes us feel happy and fulfilled. Weird right?

Are there other things that you do that give you a similar feeling afterwards?

I believe that there are several signs that you found your true purpose or passion that can be unique to you, but here are three that stand out to me:

It gives you endless energy

Do you ever work on a project or spend time with someone and strangely you have even more energy afterwards? You feel excitement about life and positive thoughts take over your mind. This is definitely a sign.

Everything leading up to it makes sense now

Why did the other things not work out? You begin to understand because it wasn’t for you. All of the experiences led you to where you are meant to be.

Everything else in your life starts to feel right

You have a weird feeling of alignment. Things start to connect and you have some sense of peace and understanding.

 

Is there anything in your life that makes you feel like this?

Don’t ignore the signs!

4 People who will Make you Believe That Anything is Possible

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“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t”

– Thomas Edison

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Colonel Sanders

(KFC founder) dropped out in the sixth grade. He was rejected 1009 times before finding a taker for his chicken recipe. At what age? 65!!!

IMAGINE: If he decided it was too late in his life.

 

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Walt Disney

He was turned down 302 times before getting financing for his idea of Walt Disney World.

IMAGINE: If he gave up at 302.

 

 

 

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Vera Wang

She used to be a figure skater and a fashion editor. At age 40, she got married and designed her own wedding dress. After that, she decided that she wanted to launch her first collection.

IMAGINE: If she never had the courage to change career paths.

 

 

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Ralph Lauren

He started out selling ties, and convinced the company he was working for at the time to let him come up with his own line. Initially, he tried selling his line to Bloomingdales, who said that the only way they would buy was if he made his ties thicker and removed his logo. This was a huge company to sell to, but under these circumstances, he declined. A few weeks later, they called him back and said they couldn’t find any ties that were like his, and would buy them as is.

IMAGINE: If he had agreed to the first offer. Would his brand be what it is today?

 

Passionate about something? It’s never too late to start.

Rejected 1000 times? What if 1001 is it?

Passion & Persistence are key.