Finding Your Passion: Create the Life that’s Right for You

Take steps to make your dreams a reality

Whether you’re a student in high school, career school, or college, you are probably spending a lot of time wondering what to make of your life. What will the future hold? Will your career be fulfilling? Will your personal life meet your expectations? These are important questions to ask yourself. And now is a great time to take a hold of the steering wheel to guide your life down the right path for you.

Finding what you’re passionate about is easy for some people and hard for others. If you aren’t quite sure what you want out of life, don’t worry. You are not alone. Trying to identify what you are passionate about may take some time. Here are some starters to get you headed in the right direction:

Think about what you’re good at doing

Are there certain skills and talents that come naturally to you? Are there things that other people think you’re good at, even if you don’t think you are? You may be better than you know! Make a list of these skills and consider how you might build on them.

Look at what other people are doing

Are there people in your life that you admire? Or people who make you feel jealous because they seem so happy in their life? Rather than waste time wishing you had their life, try to envision yourself in their position. What steps would it take to get there?

What are the things that you miss doing?

As you enter adulthood, you will quickly find that you don’t have the free time to do the things you used to like to do. Pay attention to those things that you miss. What are the activities that you never seem to have enough time to do? Those activities could be a key to your true passions.

Work to gain expertise in your area

Whether you find your passion is pastries, music, movies, politics, or exercise, it’s a good idea to devote time and energy to getting better at your chosen area. Take courses, research the field, find others who share your interests, and learn as much as you can. The more you learn, the more you will feel fulfilled.

Balance out your expectations

Remember, finding your passion doesn’t mean that you will get wildly rich following your dreams. But you still may be able to choose a career field that uses some of your talents and interests in a way that gives you career satisfaction. Try Education Planner’s career-finding tool to find a career field that matches your interests and skills.

And remember, your career is only one part of your life. You can follow your passion outside of work. There are many ways to pursue your interests, but the first step is identifying what your passion is! We hope these tips help you discover your passion and guide you down a rewarding path in both your personal life and your career.


This article was provided by the American College for Medical Careers. We want our students to find direction and be happy in their lives and careers. For more information about our medical career programs, contact us online. Your future could begin with us!