All of the guides to business and success tell you to find what you’re passionate about, then get creative thinking about a business to build.
For years I have thought I was dull or defective because there is no one thing I can honestly claim to be on fire passionate about. Sure, there are things I feel strongly about, but nothing that could be described as a passion.
Tonight, I realised why it’s been so hard to put my finger on something specific: What I’m passionate about is learning and researching and communicating what I’ve learned to others.
I don’t feel the need to be a subject matter expert, but I do like to get to know a subject sufficiently to test assumptions and anticipate questions and then share what I’ve learned with others and invite them to explore more if they wish.
When I was in my late 20s, a negative work environment murdered my love for broadcast journalism. In my 40s, the education sector re-awoke my love for researching and learning about topics beyond my comfort zone and life.
It took until today for it to click for me that what I thought was a weakness – the ability to get excited or feel the excitement of others about pretty much any topic, dive in for a short period, then re-emerge, share with others and move on – was a strength. What I thought was flakiness is in fact, curiousity and a love of sharing.
Now that I’ve got that sorted, now what?