The Short but Powerful Guide to Finding Your Passion

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” – Arnold Toynbee

Following your passion can be a tough thing. But figuring out what that passion is can be even more elusive.

I’m lucky — I’ve found my passion, and I’m living it. I can testify that it’s the most wonderful thing, to be able to make a living doing what you love.

And so, in this little guide, I’d like to help you get started figuring out what you’d love doing. This turns out to be one of the most common problems of many readers — including many who recently responded to me on Twitter.

This will be the thing that will get you motivated to get out of bed in the morning, to cry out, “I’m alive! I’m feeling this, baby!”. And to scare your family members or anyone who happens to be in yelling distance as you do this.

This guide won’t be comprehensive, and it won’t find your passion for you. But it will help you in your journey to find it.

Here’s how.

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I am Unmistakable

Born To Stand Out

I want to have the adventure of a lifetime. Follow an idea to the edges. And keep going. Forgo tradition. Trust MY instincts. Be who I am. Let my natural creativity and curiosity be my guide. Commit to meaningful bodies of work. Leave a dent in the universe [in this lifetime].

I am here to make a life not a living. To think for myself. And to let my journey unfold so that others may benefit. To create legendary stories. Have more fun. Redefine freedom, anytime and anyplace. Leave a bigger legacy.

I value authenticity. Engaged action. And whole process learning. Altruism & self-actualization. Idealism. Activism. Globalism. Ecology. And spirituality.

I am a creator, leader, mentor, giver, doer and all around Unmistakable Misfit.

The Beauty of Small

Less can come in many forms. You can have fewer things, you can do fewer things, you can use fewer things, you can focus on fewer things.

But less isn’t just fewer: it can also be smaller.

Small is often downplayed in this world of “bigger means better”. But small is beautiful, and often better.

  • Smaller banks aren’t “too big to fail”, requiring bailouts when they’re mismanaged, and yet they make very important community loans.
  • Smaller teams are more nimble, can adapt to changing environments faster, don’t require as much management or communication overhead, can work cheaply and from anywhere.
  • Smaller cars use less gas, are more maneuverable, cause fewer deaths, use fewer resources.
  • Smaller homes require less heating, less cleaning, less maintenance, force you to simplify, are cozier.
  • Smaller programs use fewer computer resources, take up less computer power and thus help the environment, work faster, get the job done with a minimum of fuss.
  • Smaller suitcases (such as a small backpack) are easier to carry around, fit easier in overhead compartments, don’t require you to check luggage and worry about luggage not getting to the right destination, are easier to pack and unpack.
  • Smaller websites (in terms of file sizes) are easier to load, faster, more responsive.
  • Smaller companies are also more responsive, less expensive, hungrier, more focused.
  • Smaller people are often faster, more nimble, humbler, take up fewer resources, and are very very beautiful (my wife is an example).
  • Haikus pack a lot of punch into three tiny lines.
  • Smaller posts don’t take as much time to write or read, which is good for a lazy blogger. And a busy reader.

Small is beautiful. Aim for smaller when it makes sense, and enjoy the wonder that ensues.

To Be Successful As A Entrepreneur Just Do The Obvious Things

I have noticed a curious thread that runs through all the most successful entrepreneurs that I have worked with: they don’t think they are anything special

They are merely going about their business fixing the obvious problems and doing the obvious work. They aren’t trying to pave new ground, but by doing what seems obvious, they are getting the job done.

The rest of us are busy trying to be original and thinking new thoughts and solving complex problems. We are constantly analysing the situation and then hypothesizing about new ways of doing things.

Meanwhile the real entrepreneurs are busy at work.

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Why You Are Paid

You are paid to think, add value, solve problems for others, act AND transact business differently / more EFFECTIVELY / ADVANTAGEOUSLY than anyone else