Discovering your passion – I’m still unsure about what I want to do. What can I do?

Why do we work? Money is the usual first answer but there are many reasons to work. David Brooks of the New York Times recently wrote “In our meritocratic culture, satisfying and stretching work has become a psychological necessity.”

There are still some times in our life when we just need a job and any job will do, but eventually we find ourselves looking for a deeper connection to work that connects to our passions. How can you start to make the connections between work and your passions? Take action! Any action. Really. Get out and challenge yourself with new activities. Volunteer, try a new hobby, take a class, make some new friends, listen to new music, create some art, read, write, and think about ways to break away from your status quo. Get up early or stay up late or both. Break the pattern and test the possibilities and watch for how connections between you and your passions develop. College campuses and most communities are filled with action opportunities. Reach out and give and you will receive.

Look for inspiration from others. My current favorite related quote is from Maya Angelou. She said: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”

How will you know you have found a passion? When you find a connection you will be energized and motivated. You will be naturally drawn to follow the passions you discover. It will be a great day. Mark Twain said “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

The staff at the Career Development Center works to connect students to their passions and eventually to the success of a related career path. Visit for more information.


– Matt Carlson, Career Exploration Coordinator, Career Development Center

Matt Carlson

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