I first heard the term curiosity before passion while listening to Elizabeth Gilbert on Good Life Project Podcast, she shared how a talk made someone feel miserable because they hadn’t discovered their passion. This small encounter of honesty opened up a whole new way of thinking.
‘Passion is rare; curiosity is everyday.
Curiosity is therefore a lot easier to reach at at times than full-on passion — and the stakes are lower, easier to manage.
The trick is to just follow your small moments of curiosity. It doesn’t take a massive effort. Just turn your head an inch. Pause for a instant. Respond to what has caught your attention. Look into it a bit. Is there something there for you? A piece of information?’ – Elizabeth Gilbert
I had a similar experience of feeling frustrated, I used to read and listen to a lot of Tony Robbins his slogan then was – Live with passion! A great way to motivate others to living a happy and successful life. I then got interested in NLP, one book I read, I remember sitting in the passenger seat in my boyfriends car reading and re reading a paragraph that I couldn’t get past. It read:
1. Know what you want, what you are passionate about.
And I thought, I don’t know what I want?! I have things I’m passionate about but I don’t KNOW if anything can or will come from them.
I was 18 years, I’d just started blogging about crafts and dabbled in a bit of painting. Part of me thought – well I can’t read anymore of this book till I get past step one, that’s it I’m screwed. Also as a fairly mature 18 (I had moved out, been working since I was 16) I felt kind of old too. Looking back almost 10 years later I wasn’t old and I just needed time to develop my passions.
3 Success strategies for pursuing curiosity to passion
- When it comes to developing your passions, finding something your passionate in, start with what interests you. Find something different to do out of your ordinary schedule and try it out. One mini change leads to another and another and so on!
- If it’s something creative then experiment with different mediums and materials, develop a no rules attitude to your creative expressions, let go and have fun! Research past artists, present artists and play! That’s what following your curiosity is all about.
- I’m a big believer that what you put into your experience you get back out twofold. Start by reading and watching resources that light you up, that inspire you. If there are people that you like to work with but don’t align with the higher version of yourself that you envision, don’t surround yourself with them after work hours, use that time to develop you! You’ll have plenty of time to connect with others, finding your tribe can be a gradual process.
Even though you may not KNOW what you want, KNOW that there is time, there is an abundance of opportunities and ways to develop and grow, so you too, can live with passion. (Thanks Tony Robbins)
‘Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more’ – Tony Robbins