There are two good methods to finding out what your passion really is.
One is to get really rich. When that happens, you become open to anything, and you have no limits. A rich dude can go anywhere, be anyone, and do anything if he has the time. Easy.
But this method is not available to most of us– at least, not yet.
Instead, let’s discuss the other way: Going broke. Going really broke.
In early 2005, when I had started podcasting, there was a brief period, maybe six months, where I lived off 5 dollars a day. I remember getting a coffee at a Starbucks every day– walking there– and the luxury it was to me at the time. It was amazing. I still look fondly on that time in my life.
Why? I felt free.
It’s hard to feel this way– really free– especially if you have kids or anyone else to take care of. You must have nothing– no options, no escape– nothing at all.
It happened to me by accident, but I suspect you can create this feeling on purpose, as well. To do it, you go minimalist. You create the feeling that, whatever you’re currently doing, it is over.
The feeling is powerful, scary, and is very hard to ignore.
Have you ever felt it? You would know if you had.
The reason I ask is because I’m curioous what it takes– what circumstances– to help you feel this way. I recently had the feeling again, for a separate reason, and I took up sculpting classes and started writing furiously as a result.
You become a different person when you are desperate. You become alive.
It could be a divorce, a death, a layoff– anything.
What was it for you?