Our entire lives revolve around ‘passion’. A passion to live the life we’ve always dreamed of, a passion that transforms our talent into skills we could make use of – bringing that dream into fruition! Indeed, our dreams take a different turn as we get older and we try to comprehend the complexities of life. But at the end of the day, what counts is if you’re still doing something you’re passionate about. As Oprah Winfrey once said, “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
Each one of us has innate talents and unique skills that are powerful in building careers we love. The question is: How do you discover those unique skills that make you WHO YOU ARE?
In this article, we’ll go through a number of steps (exercises, if you may) to help you find your passion in life, ultimately creating your own niche.
A lot of people have skills they would be ‘okay’ or ‘just alright’ at. It’s not a specialty but a set of skills they would consider mediocre. Oliver Emberton, founder of software start-up Silktide once stated, “Say you’re an average artist, with a decent sense of humor. You won’t have much hope with an art degree, and you can’t study ‘humor’ as a subject. But you could be an awesome cartoonist.”
In the same way, a blend of ‘ordinary’ skills could lead you to do something extraordinary.
Maybe you’re someone who’s good with words and has impeccable taste in fashion. Combine the two and you could see a future in fashion journalism!
Take Steve Jobs, for instance, he wasn’t the world’s greatest engineer, salesperson, designer or businessman. What made him impressive was his ability to combine all of the aforementioned, and weave them together into something far greater!
Ask yourself this one question – what hobbies/interests did you enjoy before life became too complex? If you can jot down two or three of those interests, maybe even just one; you could transform it into your driving force, something worth living for!
Do you love to write, weave stories? You might be good at writing creative stories around fashion. Doodle or sketch on walls, or on any bits and pieces of paper you found? You’ll be amazing at hand/digital illustrations. Or were you the one cooking up interesting costume ideas before your school’s annual day? Try your hand at experimental fashion where you get a chance to make out-of-the-world, extraordinary designs for people. Were you always the one who loved to make new friends, were a conversation starter? You can be an impressive social media strategist!
Reminisce the simple times when all you did was enjoy your childhood. Expand on these interests to help you find your true calling!
Invent, inspire and visualize:
True passion cannot be found overnight. Gather inspiration from things or scenarios around you, experiment with new activities and interests, meditate or put your thoughts together, just for a couple of minutes each day; these activities will help you on your path to discover your true passion.
Start something completely from scratch! When you create something new and innovative, your inspiration becomes your driving force. For instance, starting up a fashion & lifestyle blog and being committed to it even after a year. Keep updating your blog with creative stories either around your lifestyle or the lifestyle that motivates you, be the face of the blog or be the person behind the lens, capturing the life and its elements around you.
Success, no matter how small it is, must fuel your aspiration. As Robert Collier rightly said, “Visualise this thing you want. See it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin.”
Explore as much as you can:
When it comes to fashion, there are so many wonderful, creative and rewarding jobs in the industry. Even if you’re not 100% sure about what you want to do, then applying for internships in different fields is a great way to open your eyes to all the options out there. Assist a designer if you want, that way you’d be working with them closely, gaining knowledge on each and every process of a fashion label.
That said if you have your heart set on a particular career – be that journalist, photographer, stylist, designer -there’s no point delaying it, dive right in! Money shouldn’t become an obstacle in your dreams. There are a number of ways to earn a living, so it’s important to make your money some way that will give you the time and space for what you really love to do.
The best change you can make is to set goals for yourself – impossible ones as well as the attainable ones- and keep them in mind. Don’t be weighed down by your own expectations. Your journey can change at any point, so trust your instincts and learn what to say ‘yes’ to – but more importantly, what to say ‘no’ to. Initially, it will be a tricky road but in the end, it’ll all be worth it!