Time changes things. Do you remember the years where finding your passion was everything?

Overrated for sure. The theory was legit but the outcome not so much.

Finding your passion has merit, but finding where to contribute is a bigger win.

Yes, your passion may be your occupation, but what if it’s your hobby?

Passion and childhood

As a young boy, my passion was sports. It was. I’m the kid that cried all day if my baseball game was rained out. Sports was my entire world

My most intense passion was to play in the NBA. I was serious about it. I played basketball every day. Every day.

I jumped out of bed at 6 am beginning in the sixth grade. I played basketball all day and into the night in junior high.

Our summers were spent at the city park. Pickup games were the norm. I played pickup games for 5 hours and waited for the pool to open.

Then off for a swim. Our summer pool pass was 1.00. Very affordable for my parents.

I would swim for an hour and then head back to the court for 3–4 more hours of hoops. And back to the pool until 8 pm.

It was insane and all for nothing. I was too slow and too small for the NBA and not good enough for college.

But my passion was not informed

I played competitive basketball until I was 44 years old. Raised 3 boys and attended hundreds and hundreds of basketball games.

I still dream of playing in the NBA. Infantile for sure. My passion for basketball has never waned, but my talent did.

Passion is not enough to make all our dreams come true

Passion is seasonal

Like my basketball passion. It was real, but my skill did not match my passion level. And no matter how hard I tried, believed, or worked, the NBA was not a real option.

That’s not bad. It’s just true.

And despite what you have heard:

You can’t do everything you dream.

Passion is discovered

I met a lady who owned 3 daycare centers. She was successful and passionate about children. She shared that she found her passion while volunteering in the church nursery.  Amazing.

She had never dreamed of owning a daycare. She discovered her passion by being a volunteer. Her occupation and livelihood came after the discovery.

Guess what? Her greatest passion was unlocked when contributing to the lives of moms and kids.

Passion is deceiving

I know a public speaker who was super talented. He possessed a unique ability to capture an audience and hold their attention.

While talking with him, I asked him about this unusual gift. He shared with me that as a child he wanted to be a singer. He was infatuated with singing.

He dreamed of singing. He practiced hours upon hours.

Then he felt the urge to begin public speaking. It seemed mysterious.

He faced fears. He had no passion to speak before an audience. But he began the learning process. He started speaking lessons. Honed his skill and embraced the challenge.

The man now earns a six-figure income in an occupation he had no passion to pursue. Passion followed.

Passion is hard to discover and even more difficult to measure, however, contribution is easily measured

Medium writer Wojtek Skalski said:

You should search for contribution instead of passion. Something that you are good at. More — something that can change peoples’ lives for the better.

Passion has wins and losses.

A contribution is a win for everybody.

Thank you for reading this post.

This was first posted at Medium.com

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