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This will make you want to rethink “follow your passion” advice

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Don’t follow your passion??

*Gasp*

In a world where everyone seems to have this whole “Life” thing figured out – it can be downright frustrating to take a simple stroll down social media avenue where the rich get richer and the amazing seems to happen to everyone but you.

Hell, the only exciting thing that happened to you today was that you didn’t run out of toilet paper – high five.

Today we live in a world where everyone shares their accomplishments yet few share their struggles. The outside world only sees the good and never the bad – we fail to see the work that goes into success.

But we’re lucky –  the cats out of the bag, the successful have shared their secrets to building an incredible, soul fulfilling life.

They say that the secret is this – follow your passion.

Just follow your fuck-king passion and the world will open up for you like the ladies of the night open their legs for paying customers.

Now if you’re anything like me, every time you read “Follow your passion” your eyes can’t help but roll.

If everything was as easy as following your passion then hell, you likely wouldn’t be reading this very sentence – you’d have this mystery figured out!

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You see, the follow your passion advice has always bothered me, because like you, I’ve always wanted to find my passion but no matter how hard I looked, I couldn’t seem to find the damn thing.

The question of “What are you passionate about?” was too generic – I needed help sharpening my focus, the question was too big for me to answer thoughtfully.

My realization was this – instead of asking what your passion is, you should start asking “Where do I get my energy from?”

And no, I don’t mean this in a caffeine fueled, yes, I’ll take another cup, kind-of-way… but rather what activities do you do that physically make you excited and bring energy into your life?

To me, finding your passion is better said by saying follow your energy, because passion = energy.

Don’t look for your passion; choose to look for your energy – it’s much easier to recognize.

Now when you find what energizes you, the ball’s in your court – it’s up to you to figure out what to do with your life but that’s the beauty; – you’re in control of your final destiny – I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The truth of the matter is this – you’re going to die one day. Therefore you owe it to yourself to go after what you really want.

What’s the worst that can happen? You already know the final outcome, you might as well apply yourself why you still have time.

Follow your energy and watch how life reenergizes you  – you’ll be the next energizer bunny.

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Written by Anthony Winn

My name is Tony Winn. I favor curious minds, I laugh at honest humor and I'm motivated by spreading worthwhile ideas.

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