Passion…Make the Time to (Figure Out and) Follow Yours in 2010

by indepthwraps on January 6, 2010

I dig personality tests, leadership style assessments … sociology and psychology in general. I enjoy learning about myself and how I interact with other people, as well as how others interact (though I haven’t made the time to think on this in a long while). So, when our friend Derek from Brandywine Printing asked us to join him in taking the Passion Test, it was a quick yes from me.

It wasn’t anything like what I expected. No vague leading questions, no analyzing inkblots, no filling in tiny bubbles. It was all about what I said…what I want in life, and what is most important to me. Wait, now it sounds like a pointless exercise. I mean, every self-respecting business owner knows what they want in life, right?

Well, sure, I can tell you what I want out of life. But until recently, I didn’t have it laid out for me like my own personal life roadmap. Derek (on his second time taking the Passion Test) says that when he started making decisions based on his passions, he found his mood happier and his life in balance. Balance…with a company, a husband, and two children, I have to say that balance is something to which I constantly aspire. I am truly excited about the prospect of remaining in balance because of following my passions.

As a husband and wife team, we absolutely have to be on the same page…in our personal life and our business life. But I have to say that I assumed that our individual passions would be mostly in line. It took us several weeks to make the quiet time to share our passions (something we are both actually passionate about improving!). And when I looked down John’s list, it was both inspiring and validating to see nearly identical passions.

Us following one of our passions...scuba diving.

We’re living our lives in a way that is aligned with our passions. But now we have a sort of check and balance system as we make decisions. “Does this deserve my attention?” is a question I now ask daily. Will the Passion Test be life-altering for us? Because we were already headed down the right path, maybe not. But if it will it help me achieve more clarity and balance, I’m so on board.

During our session, we learned that only 20% of working Americans are passionate about what they do…if you’re reading this, I hope you’re in that 20%. I’m glad that we’re in that 20%. But if your life is not in line with your passions, how will you find personal or business success?

It’s a new year. Make this one yours. Find your passion.
(What’s yours?)

our Passion Test Facilitator was Michael Van Osch, mvanosch@mac.com

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