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3 Lies to Face Before You Find Your Passion

Last night, I finished my book: ran spell-check, added citations, took a deep breath, and hit “send.” I emailed my editor, ate a few Girl Scout cookies, and then went to bed.

Find Your Passion

Photo credit: Brendan Lally (Creative Commons)

And today, I am back at it, back to writing. Starting from scratch. And I love it. This is what the writing life is about: not publishing, writing.

Don’t get me wrong. I like getting acknowledged for the work I do, and I like having readers. But if no one was watching, I would do this, anyway.

Even without an audience, I would work with words, because it brings me life. That’s what a passion is all about.

Where passion comes from

Writers write. Singers sing. Athletes play.

Our vocations are marked not by how much money we make or the attention we earn doing them. They’re marked by passion. This is what defines us, more than any other thing.

You have heard, “You are not what you do.” Which is true. But if you do not do what you love, then what are you?

Last year, I focused on one passion I’ve spent my life avoiding: writing. As a result, I built this blog, got a book deal, and started getting rewarded for doing something I love.

You know what makes it all worth it? Is it the eBook sales? The speaking gigs? The promise of my name in print? Heck no.

It’s the ability to pursue my passion every single day. And knowing I can do that without mortgaging my family’s well-being or giving up a day job I enjoy is an added plus.

How to find your passion

This is all well and good, but what do you do if you don’t know what your passion is? How do you find the “one thing” that will complete you?

It would be disingenuous to offer a series of steps to get there. Instead, I’d like to share three lies that will keep you from your passion, and why you should avoid them:

  1. “I don’t know what it is.” Someone called me out when I said this, and he was right. I was exerting a lot of energy, saying I didn’t know what my passion was, but really I was just afraid to act on it.
  2. You have to become poor to do it. The world loves rewarding people in pursuit of their dreams. When you make passion the goal, you will create great work. So don’t be surprised when people take notice. And don’t be shocked if there’s compensation waiting for you. You don’t have to be a starving artist.
  3. “One day, I’ll arrive.” Dreaming is a dangerous business. If we’re not careful, we may be seduced into believing that if we just found one perfect job, we’d be happy. But life doesn’t work like that. You will always be a little incomplete. This is the beautiful frustration of being human. And it’s where all the best art comes from.

As you pursue passion, you will be resisted and opposed. You will try to sabotage yourself. But hopefully, you’ll push through the lies and persevere. You’ll get back up when you fall. Because the passion is worth the pain. Right?

So get on with it. Time to do the work. And if you need an idea of where to start, you might find my book, The Art of Work, helpful. For a limited time, I’m giving it away for free here.

What’s your passion? If you have an inlkling of what it might be, share it in the comments.

About Jeff Goins

I write books and help writers get their work out into the world. I am the best-selling author of four books, including The Art of Work. Each week, I send out a newsletter with free tips on writing and creativity.

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  • Loved this post! There are so many lines I could pull out from it but I think this was the one: “Our vocations are marked not by how much money we make or the attention we earn doing them. They’re marked by passion.”! Yes! Definitely going to have to ponder this further.

  • Jeff,
    I used to tell people I wanted to be a writer. But I didn’t write. So someone told me to write a blog, which I half-heartedly did for 2 1/2 years. Now I ship daily. I have two book ideas to work on. I also want to adapt my blog posts to speaking, which I am going to start on a small scale with a youth group over the next couple of weeks.

    • anokina.shahbaz

      Larry – I did the same… telling people I wanted to be a writer, and sometimes referring to myself as a writer but feeling like a fraud since I wasn’t really writing (unless journal entries count!). what did you mean by ‘ship’? Is that an expression I’m not familiar with? lol

    • Larry, that’s really interesting. I’d love to hear more about how you are adapting your blog posts to speaking. I’ve been thinking more about doing some speaking. 

      • Jim, an example would be the one I wrote a week or so ago, What Size Is Your Crayon?  I would engage a couple of people to do some coloring for me with different size crayons.  I would tell the story that I used in the post, plus another or two.  Then I would bring it home to discuss how our “art” and our role in the body of Christ is all different.
        Depending on my time limit would be how many of my posts I would use.

    • I am working in a similar direction too – expanding posts to speaking and crafting talks. 

      I do not have a network yet (having moved countries recently) so my challenge has been where to start – finding an audience or a network in a new land.

      But I keep on writing in the meanwhile – getting ready, as I scout for opportunities.

  • Mrs. Jen B

    I tell myself the “I don’t know what it is” lie all the time. Just like I say “I don’t know where I wan to go with my blog”.

    I know what it is. I know where I want to go.

    I guess it’s easier and safer to pretend in order to avoid taking chances.

    I know I’d write for free, for no one’s eyes but mine, because it’s what I did throughout my childhood. No one was allowed to see my work because I was afraid they’d laugh at it. But I wrote regardless. Constantly. I know it’s the path for me.

    • it is and it isn’t. i remember deferring my dream for another life. it was painful. the “safest” place is often the most dangerous. because you risk not sharing your art with the world. thanks, Jen.

      • I’ve “risked” not sharing my art to the world and now I’m struggling to figure out what it is.  

  • Anonymous

    Yes yes yes, Love this. and congrats on completing the first edit of your book. What a feeling that must be! You continue to inspire and encourage. Raising my coffee mug to you this morning, Here’s to no more starving artists, and the artful pursuit of passions!

  • Fetterslopez

    I took some writing classes because I wa told that’s what I needed to do to be a writer. I hated everything I wrote during and directly after the classes because I wrote for a grade. I’ve since gone back to writing because it’s what I love and realized that my writing is better because of the classes but writing for a grade stifled.

  • Jeff, love these thoughts…

    The one that hits me the most is the first lie that people tell themselves, “I don’t know what my passion is…”

    Most people do know. They just keep it inside. Perhaps, hidden… even from themselves.

    To paraphrase Jon Acuff, your passion isn’t “out there.” Rather, it’s “in there.” Something you have done. That you know. That is a part of you.

    However, it takes action… that first step to make it happen. 

  • Definitely echo the “one day I’ll arrive” piece.  So true.  It’s dangerous to think that we ever arrive.  Arrive at what?  Fame?  Fortune?  That’s not why we write anyway.  We write because we are compelled to write.  Driven by some unexplainable force to create.  If it’s not writing its singing or painting or whatever.  I would even add to the list: someone is already doing it better.  The lie of comparison.  It belittles what you can offer.  Powerful lie.  It literally gets me every week and I feel like I should stop this whole writing thing.  But it only gets me for a minute, then I go back to work.

    And congrats on finishing the manuscript!

    • anokina.shahbaz

      That’s the lie that keeps me from writing most of the time…

    • You “arrive” every time you hit the publish/post button. Keep that in mind!

  • Pilar Arsenec

    My passions are music, singing, reading, writing, cooking, eating and travelling. 🙂 I love reading your blog about writing, it is so encouraging. Thanks.

  • Loved the article. A great read. Thank you. 

  • Yay!!!!! Congrats on the finished ms! 

    I also like the post. 🙂

    • thanks. i have a mix of nervousness, fear, and relief I’m feeling.

  • “One day, I’ll arrive”
    So true – people think like that all the time. I know I do. I heard a quote yesterday that I liked: “Some people spend their lives indefinitely preparing to live.”

    • anokina.shahbaz

      Love that quote Loren!

    •  excellent quote, Loren!

  • Congrats Jeff!  I celebrated with too much banana pudding.  

    But are you trying to tell us something with the photo?  Is your real passion break dancing?

  • Jeff, what are your thoughts on this: I don’t love writing. I’m a good writer, but I don’t love writing. I would NOT write just for myself. But I love HAVING written. I only write because it’s the way I share my ideas and build relationships. I love the exchange of ideas that happens after I have something written. I love communicating ideas. I’m a better speaker than I am a writer, but I see the two as complementary. What do you think?

    •  Your passion is then ‘communicating’, Felicity. I enjoy both verbal and written communication, and the two definitely are complimentary.  Although I’ve journaled for years, that’s the only kind of writing I do ‘for myself’. Even my poetry feels unfulfilled until I get to share it.

      I’ve heard it said so many times by writers that they’d write even if nobody ever read it, that I’ve been hesitant to admit that I feel differently.  I LOVE to write, but my writing is all about sharing my thoughts and raising questions, sparking an emotion or response from someone else.

      I’m an introvert. I hate small talk and most of what I consider ‘trivial’ conversations. If I’m going to open my mouth, it’s because I have something to say that I believe needs to be heard or a question I want answered. The same is true of my writing.

      Don’t try to be what you think a writer is ‘supposed’ to be. Don’t be afraid to be you and still be a writer.

      • Yes, Kathleen, I like the “communicator” title very much. Thank you! And it is encouraging to hear another “writer” express the same sentiment.

    •  Felicity, I think this is common. If I had to guess, I would say you are probably a communicator. When exploring your passion, you need to ask these questions:

      -What would I do if nobody was watching?
      -What DO I do when no one’s paying attention?
      -What would I do even if I didn’t get paid for it?
      -What can’t I NOT do?

      There are painters and there are artists. A painter has to pain. And artist just has to create; the medium is immaterial. Maybe you’re more of the latter. Writing may just be one of many canvases you use to create.

      Or maybe what you really love doing something else. This should help get the gears turning, though.

      • I am a teacher by profession – something I specifically chose because it utilizes my gifts of speaking, studying, and making sense of things. I’m definitely a “helper” and a facilitator. These questions help so much. Thanks!

    • Mike Zserdin

      John Saddington at tentblogger.com talked about this…he doesn’t love writing or even speaking if I remember correctly. But, he does feel compelled to help people and believes he has a message to share…writing is just his way to do what you’ve described: help, connect, platform etc. I don’t think that makes you insincere. 

      • Thanks, Mike. It does help to know someone else has felt the same way. A lot, actually!

    • I love communicating also and often when i communicate with people they say “you should write a book”. I may sabotage my own efficacy by my opinion “sometimes what i see, learn, think, is for me and not always to share”.  Jeff gives some good question in his reply. 
      I am writing to en COURAGE you to seek efficacy in order to influence.
      I need to do that too.
      MHyatt’s podcast #3 gave some great directions also. Jeff  and him together inspire and direct.

      • Thanks, Jackie! I agree completely and it is so nice to be encouraged!

  • I agree. Many do struggle defining their passion – because they don’t stop long enough and think critically enough about where they’ve come from, what they were made to do that no one else can do. We’ve got to get clear on passion – then have the courage to live it.

    Thanks again for the reminders!

    •  you’re welcome. you’re absolutely right, Michael. it takes courage.

  • Mike Zserdin

    I like the “arrive” call out. In competitive cycling it’s said, “it [racing] never gets easier, you just get faster.” Creating is work. I’m glad you enjoy the process as much as the outcome Jeff.

    Mike

  • Jeff,

    This is stellar.  As I creep more into this space of helping people, a common theme is find your passion.  Many of us ask that very question, “but how?”…  

    I applaud your modesty and acknowledgment that this is not a linear path.  It’s not a formula….but there are some common hurdles (re: lies) we will all face when doing such.  

    Well said…properly concise…and tremendously useful.

    Stay well, Steve

  • Missy

    It’s a combination of “I don’t know what it is” and “I don’t want to be poor” for me.  About a decade ago, after graduating with a useless BA in Psychology and toying with the idea of being in ministry, I started thinking about writing for a living, but never pursued it.  Maybe also because I thought “I’m not good enough to be a real writer” with a little “the world is full of people whose work doesn’t get read…what makes me think I’ll stand out?”  Although I’d gotten lots of positive feedback in high school and college for my writing, I started to convince myself that writing was just a pipe dream and not something I was really meant to do.  Besides, I had (and still have!) student loans for that psych degree that I have to pay for!  But the desire just keeps coming back to me.  So now I’m starting to listen to it…

  • My passion is definitely photography (I do love writing too). I was just thinking about that (even blogged about it 🙂 after some frustrating things happened. I realized that I would still take pictures even if no one saw them because my passion is to create and tell story! Thanks for the reminder and congrats!!

  • I’m an idea guy. I love taking an idea and writing about it or sharing it with an audience. The problem is I have too many ideas. When I focus on one at a time, success happens. Focus is the killer app…

    •  agreed. i am the same. learning many of these lessons. good to know I’ve got company. thanks, John.

      •  Focus and prioritize. Definitely a killer app.

  • Jeff, this topic gets me pretty fired up. I’ve been there in the confusion and despair. I know exactly how many, many others feel right now.  Usually the answer is right there in front of you, but it takes some time to retrace things that you have already done in life. It’s really a lot like playing connect the dots. 

    You have to look backwards, not forwards to connect the dots and find your passion. 

  • Jeff, I was like you about my writing and keeping my “day job” and raising my family, until my mid-forties, when some temporary health issues just weakened me to the point I was unable to fend off the taunts and the doubts of folks around me about my writing!  Thankfully, I found an excellent plan of meditation, diet, exercise, and minimal medication that allowed me to grow much stronger.  Now that I am semi-retired, I am overflowing with passion and exuberance with my writing.  The people that truly matter in my life are thrilled for me!  AND I have so much support, encouragement, and guidance online from folks such as yourself!  Thank you!

  • Great article, Jeff.  It is important to be passionate about our passions…otherwise we aren’t being true to who we are.

  • LOVE your comment, “Our vocations are marked not by how much money we make or the attention we earn doing them. They’re marked by passion. This is what defines us, more than any other thing.” Well said. 

  • Anton Kozlik, ventriloquist

    The only question that ancient Greeks would ask when someone  had died, “Did he have passion?”

  • Anonymous

    This is one righteous post, Jeff.  The “beautiful frustration of being human.”  Ach – love it!

  • Singmusically

    What if you have several passions? Do you frustrate yourself trying to accomodate all of them?

    • It will come together. Don’t let several passions frustrate you. I know that can be the biggest challenge.  For example, I really like playing guitar and giving guitar lessons. I never considered myself a writer, until I found some kids stories I had written several years ago, ironically about the guitar. Those stories made me realize I’m actually a writer.  It had been right there underneath the surface.   

      Remember life has different seasons. What you are extremely passionate about at one point could become a hobby down the road, and that’s fine. Hobbies are very important.

      • Anonymous

        I like your thought about life having different seasons. I feel that strongly. Good thought.

    •  pick one. and perfect it. then move on to the next.

      • Scrollwork

        I agree with you and Jim. Pursuing a passion singlemindedly is what distinguishes the dabbler/dilettante from the Jack/Jill of all trades. However…is there perhaps a thread that ties together your seemingly disparate passions? I’ll use myself as an example: I blog, teach ballroom dance to grown-ups and sew whimsical clothing for my online shop. What unites all these is my passion: to inspire weary, worn-down grown-ups to see the magic and wonder in the everyday the way we all used to as children.

        • Scrollwork

          Correcting myself: “distinguishes the dabbler from the master.” Ack!

        • That’s so awesome! There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing all three! 

  • Congratulations on the book! 

    You are an inspiration 🙂

    I love helping people grow and develop. Writing is one of the ways that i share my message.

    I love your thoughts here. 

    It’s awesome to reap some rewards after some hard work. Really awesome. But what gets one back to work is not the promise of another paycheck, but the sheer love of it. That’s the stuff longevity is made of, i think.

    Awesome post.

  • Another lie tied in with these is “I don’t have time.” I’m never going to have enough time so I have to make sacrifices in other places if I want to write.  

    • great point. i’ve definitely seen this in my own life.

  • The ability to dust yourself off after falling down will help to avoid those lies and keep up the pursuit – good read Jeff.

  • My passion is encouraging and seeing people grow.

    It’s amazing to see the growth when you start doing what your passion is. I’ve worked with one lady who now has a blog and a book at the editor. I’ve created a blog that encourages others to grow their leadership and relationship skills.

    And to top it all off, I’m growing as well. Can’t beat that.

    • Stephanie Hilliard

      I share your passion. I love to see people grow and develop. I often find myself talking with and encouraging people. I especially encourage them to follow their dreams, to find their passion. But until recently I have been stifling my other passion, which is writing. I took that first leap when I started blogging last fall. Now, I am developing my writing web site with an eye toward not only getting freelance work, but also to provide a leadership and people development resource to visitors. I am combining my two passions! It feels good to move forward.

      • Awesome Stephanie! I think people need that encouragement. And sometimes they need someone to push them out of their comfort zone. It’s a great experience!

        I see you mentioned having a blog. I don’t see it linked to your Disqus profile. Have you thought about linking it to your profile?

    • definitely can’t beat it

  • I love this! Very enlightening. I am one of those folks who loves a billion things but I love to be doing if that makes sense. When I am at work I love  working on those fastidious details, organizing and solving overlooked issues as well as another thousand things (other people will call it busy work and would rather chat and relax).

    Right now I am designing my own accessories line but truthfully although I am artistic I love more to be in control, to network, to build a brand, to represent something and to inspire and  to create all the little components of the business system.  I guess my true passion is to become a business owner 🙂 I am thankful I have the educational background to get me there. And I am in the process of going!

    I think number 2 is my biggest worry. ALthough I love what I am doing and what i have done, I always worry others may not and somehow I am missing the mark and that by going on this crazy road that I  may crash and burn. I have not had many supportive people in my life so that may be a factor

  • Jonny Scaramanga

    I relate most to “one day, I’ll arrive”. I’ve come to accept that I’ll never be happy with anything I do. And that’s good, because it keeps me excited about the next project. 

    I also love what you said about going straight back to work after completing something. I feel such a sense of anti-climax after I complete a project. Now I know I don’t have to stop. It’s a continuous process.

  • My passion is to write. I write about people finding work or a business that they love and that matches the things that are important in their life. 40 hours a week is too long to spend miserable, life is too short!

  • MM

    I was talking about this very same subject with my cousin a few week ago, and she told me that she was a “Wannabe” and I was a “Doer.” I thought that was interesting because I’ve never really seen myself as others see me. But I guess one has to decide, are you a “Wannabe” or a “Doer?” People notice if you are a “Doer.”

  • Kim

    Writing.  And reading.  Both, a lot.

    So, maybe my passion is “words”?

    • Love words.

      • My passion is definitely words. Now, I just need to find a way to prevent number two from coming to fruition (or let that way find me).

        Katie

  • elise

    My passion is story…yours, mine, and ours! As Nora Ephron’s mother used to say, “No matter what happens, it’s all copy.” I think it’s true. Life is copy and so much more.

  • Wendy Claussen

    Heck yeah, Jeff! Passion is so worth the pain—the growing pains. My passion…I LOVE to teach! I’ve been a teacher for 25 years and I still get up every morning excited to  hang out with my students for the day. My students inspire me! I’ve always been told that if you find a ‘job’ you love, you’ll never work a day in your life! 🙂 Agree!! Thanks, again, for a great post! You rock!

  • kelly swanson

    Love this post! I have always had a passion for writing and telling my stories, and making people laugh. I don’t write because I am good at it – I write because I have to. When I don’t write, when I don’t perform, when I don’t create – I get in a funk until I let it out. I’ve been writing long before anybody cared. Still not sure how much they care. But I will write anyway. Because my dream is bigger than my fear. And passion simply will not let me give up. And I don’t have to – because I never measured my talent as a performer in dollars and cents.  And you are right, Jeff. Do what you love and eventually the dollars and cents just come. Thanks for the post! Love it! I’m going to share it on my http://www.motivational-speakers-review.com blog right now.

  • Pamela K.

    I love photography. But most of all, I love the stories the photographs can tell. I try to write about some of the photos that I have taken or that were given to me by family. I have no formal training in either writing or photography and have so much to learn. But I do find joy in the process of doing both. Thank you so much for your inspiration and encouragement.

  • My passion is teaching, speaking, writing, and performing in an effort to help others discover their purpose, release their creativity, and live more effectively. The lie I am most often trapped by is the starving artist identity. I believe I am creating some great stuff, but it is a battle to know how to develop a thriving identity.

    • Did you read this, James? https://goinswriter.com/starving-artist

      • Just finished reading it and found it helpful. Living cheaply is normal for me. Committed to becoming more disciplined – blogging every day, developing ideas and projects, etc. Just started thinking about patrons/investors/supporters. Encouraged by your thoughts and posts. Thanks.

  • theresa friesen

    Thanks Jeff for the “Three Lies” article.I believe I have embraced Lie #2 and 3. There are few in my immediate circle who understand the great joy I find in writing,so I often try to downplay it as unimportant.I however must write to use my creativity and bring out the joy!

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  • I have a passion for COMMUNITY!  I love to see people connected to each other and to God.  One of the things I love about blogging is that it provides another platform for experiencing and experimenting with community.

    • I love it when real community happens online. Thanks for being an advocate for this, Jon.

  • I want to write and teach professionally.  I think I teach the gospel in a unique way that connects with people more personally than it usually does.  I get inside the scriptures and explain how they relate to me – an American woman in her 20’s – and you – a reader who is more interested in applying the scriptures than merely learning what they say.
    I have a passion for communicating what the Bible actually says as opposed to what we think it says.  I want to help people understand that the scriptures are alive, not in a creepy mad-scientist kind of way, nor in an over-the-top religious nut-job kind of way, but, rather, in a life-giving, life-changing kind of way.
    You can find me here – www.kellylevatino.com

  • Love this, Jeff. There is so much truth here. Super encouraging to read when I have been struggling with the juggle (or the dance as I prefer the analogy) between my new-found passion for writing and my passion for my family and relationships and the reality of the practicalities of life (bill paying, dishes, laundry, etc.). Reading this encourages me to press on because learning the dance may feel awkward but is worth the struggle. Thank you. 

  • Inspiring post! Thanks Jeff for sharing it with us. 

  • I’m old enough to be your mom (ouch) and you are teaching me so much! Or maybe God is using you to finally get through my defenses to what He has been trying to tell me all along. My passion is to write. And to share with people who are hurting and struggling to find hope. To tell them that I understand! I have children who have walked away from the Lord … and from our family. I have a child who is a drug addict. I have a child who wants to be not just a missionary … but a missionary in the middle east. I have faced the indignity of bankruptcy, the terror of cancer, the trials of step-parenting and home schooling, the pain of depression. And I have survived. I have found joy! Not past the pain … in the middle of it! That’s my passion … to communicate that to a hurting world!

  • Dan

    I had a passion: performing. I love singing and do it all the time. I couldn’t live without music!

    I spent 15 years chasing that passion and I ended up poor and defeated. Sure, I sing all the time but it’s not the same as performing to a crowd. The problem is, I’m just not that good. I sing flat, have a poor sense of rhythm and can’t play any instruments.

    What happens if you can’t follow your passion? What if you’re simply not good enough or are/become physically incapable?

    I’ve been feeling depressed and adrift every since giving up on my passion but going back to it is bit an option. I don’t have the energy or the money!

    I’ve tried doing other things I enjoy and an actually good at, such as writing and photography but it’s just not the same.

  • Finally catching up on reading my favorite blogs…darn day job gets in the way some times. 🙂   This is really good, Jeff.  Several years ago (before I started writing again) our pastor shared a message at church where he asked each of us to ask ourselves that question.  What are you passionate about?   It was hard for me to put into words my passion accept that I wanted to inspire others.  Since then, I’ve learned that it’s through sharing my words, trying to offer hope, and leading small groups where I feel most alive.  (By the way, I never, ever thought I would be considered a “leader” ten years ago.)  God definitely equips. 

  • Navya

    Congratulations on the book deal! 

  • Well said!

  • Great article, I needed this reminder, I had gotten past those lies, but life had brought them back and I was saying them to myself without even realizing it!

    We have to remember that it’s not even just saying these things out loud that is hurting us, but also saying them in our head letting that evil little voice creep in and destroy our passion.

    What do you do when you were pursuing your passion and were knocked down and spit upon? How do you get your passion again?

  • Jlease

    “one day, I’ll have more time” is one of my big ones!

  • Your last few posts have been right on the money. Your story inspiring. Encouraging me to write….for an audience and not myself. 

  • Just found you and am reading up on what you have to say. I am very encouraged to bring out some of my previous works and read them again. And to follow my passions as an artist in many ways. I am blessed to have found your encouraging site! 

  • Pamela

    Hey Jeff, I love travelling and that’s why I started to write about the countries where I have been. I have the vision of a page where you can just see the information about any country you want with one click. This is what I am building up here: https://cosmopoliteworld.wordpress.com. I want to write about every country in the world. And I already have 2 guest writers because I can’t do everything on my own. I am hoping to include as many people as possible =)
    It is not my work. It is my passion!

  • I feel the same way about writing. I have never made a dime from writing. I’m on my second blog now and I have written two books about spiritual life, which have not been printed.

    I’ve heard it said before – “what would you do with your time if money wasn’t an issue?” For me, reading and writing would be at the top of the list. I would likely keep writing even if nobody else read it, but having an audience is important and marketing is not my specialty. Hopefully I’ll learn a few things from this blog.

  • Ellen Harrison

    Thank you Jeff, about the 3 lies.  I appreciate your sharing that you had been avoiding writing until a year ago! I have been avoiding for a long time! Have run away from the compliments and encouragement because I was so afraid to follow through. I don’t really like Facebook and don’t read a whole lot online, can’t imagine writing SO MUCH in so many social medias. Not even sure what a blog is and haven’t the faintest idea about Twitter, nor do I want to! Not now, that is : ).  I think your blog will change that for me.

  • Dessertoasis

    wow! the 3 things you mentioned really hit home. I especially like number 1. This is my stumbling block right now, I’m confused as to what my passion in life is. 

  • Fernando Torres

    oh, oh!! One of my problems is knowing what my passions are.  First I had a passion to do sports (Football soccer/running/martial arts) but since I got a knee injury that part seems to be gone, unfortunately  it affects me a lot when I realize that I can not do any of those sports any more.  My other passion (h0bby) is teaching my language Spanish as a second language (sorry for my mistakes in English bthw) however it doesn’t make me forget about my other passions and that is so sad when it comes into my mind.  Apart from teaching I have other “passions” and because of that  there is a point where I wonder if i really have a passion or I am just thinking that I have one? for example, now I am trying to apply for a graduate program, but I can’t really decide which program I should join, finance, economics, IT (all of them suppose to be my passion as well, i mean I like  them)… what an issue!!!

  • Jim

    Jeff, Sitting here waiting to lose one hour as daylight savings time makes its appearence. I thought to myself, “self, why not check out that Goins guy again.” So here I be and gladly so. Your topic passion is exactly what I am focusing on in ghost-writting gig I am just finishing. If a person is writing to become rich, famous, and well known…good luck. The good writers do it because of their passion for the power of the written word. I have come to realize that I practice my craft of writing because of tha passion you speak of.

    For me he quest to become a good writer is a blend of passion, planning, and possibilities.

  • I found my passion in a wholly unexpected way.  I do National Novel Writer’s Month, and in 2010 I decided, for that contest, I would do a sci-fi-fantasy book I call The Once and Future Grail.  Got a good start on it, well ahead of schedule after the first three days and zap!  It all dried up on me.  Couldn’t get a thing out of the brain.  Sat there starting at the keyboard.  No problem, says I.  I’m ahead of schedule and this has happened before.  Just relax.  It’ll come.  Three days later, still nothing, and now I’m really starting to worry.  The next morning was a Saturday and I’m almost frantic, and then it came to me.  Grail wasn’t the novel I wanted to write!  I ended up switching gears from SciFi to historical fiction and writing a novel set out in the SW Pacific in World War II, about US fighter pilots defending Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.  Made the deadline and to spare, too.  And at present I’m working on the third draft of that novel, the first draft of another one, and notes for two more, all based on characters in that first novel.

  • karen

    My lie: I don’t know what to say.
    Truth: I know what to say, but am afraid to say it.
    Brenda Euland…just keep writing.
    I’m going to go off and answer these questions for some discipline and guidance.
    I need a context.
    Goins:  you can do it, so do it.
    Thanks, Jeff, for the questions.
    Best,
    Karen
    Before getting started
    Before you begin writing, ask yourself the following questions:
    Why do I want to write? What passion will guide me?Who’s my audience? Who am I writing for?What’s my message? How do I want to say it?What will be required of me? What will I have to sacrifice

  • karen

    My lie: I don’t know what to say.
    Truth: I know what to say, but am afraid to say it.
    Brenda Euland…just keep writing.
    I’m going to go off and answer these questions for some discipline and guidance.
    I need a context.
    Goins:  you can do it, so do it.
    Thanks, Jeff, for the questions.
    Best,
    Karen
    Before getting started
    Before you begin writing, ask yourself the following questions:
    Why do I want to write? What passion will guide me?Who’s my audience? Who am I writing for?What’s my message? How do I want to say it?What will be required of me? What will I have to sacrifice

  • Lithia

    I am an artist. But what is my craft? I have been thinking a lot about that recently after I quit ballet. For six years I clang to it trying to make it my passion, but even when I did really god, I could not shake off the thoughts that it was not really my thing. A month ago I quit. Giving up the hope of making it my passion really crushed me.

    Now I’m off to find my real passion, or so I thought. Because I may have already found it. I love doing yoga. Every morning I wake up thrilled to do my sun salutations as the sun rises outside my window. I would love to teach yoga some day.

    Thank you for this post.

  • Bethany D

    I have never committed to a blog as I just did yours. The comments from your readers are honest, authentic, true! And they spoke to me. I’m a teacher who, like some others here, admits to not being great at writing because I’m extremely out of practice (with the exception of the weekly essay for my master’s degree). I feel stuck between my job, my family, my new degree. The burnout is real.

    Do you have suggestions for a restart in writing? I wouldn’t know the first thing about creating a blog, but I’m now intrigued by them!

  • Ryan

    I wish being afraid to act on my passion was really the case for me. But I truly don’t know what it is yet.

  • Azri

     I just came across this went my friend shared it to me. It’s hard to find out our purpose and our passion… I always thought I am Jack of all trades, but master of none… and I am not sure what should I do… I quickly get disinterested in something that I should love, easily get bored, and moody… @_@ I always give up half way…

  • My passions are music, singing, dancing, reading, writing, cooking, eating. traveling, all forms and genres of great art. 🙂

  • Neha bhool

    I am an engg student but dont hav any interest in engg..it is jst a degree for me which is of no use…i think.unable to think anything that i want to… ::(

  • Bhekani Khumalo

    Im an engineering student right now but my passion is teaching, I love it so much. i can sacrifice anything for it. I’m always reading and finding new things that i could share with my friends family, youth group. I volunteer at a local school sometimes, i absolutely feel complete. but in addtion to that i’m also a very good artist i enjoy it and it comes naturally, i think my drawings are pretty good also, check themout on bhekanik.wordpress.com if youre interested. I also enjoy writing and singing and programming. These are the things I would do even if i wasn’t beingpaid for them and even when no one will se my work

  • Symanntha Renn

    My passion is poetry. I love all of the different forms but I mostly post haiku in my blog because I’m scared to post my longer stuff. I am trying to be brave, so I will post some of my longer poems this week. https://failingathaiku.wordpress.com

  • I always envied people who had a passion for something. I always wanted
    one myself. It took moving to India for two years to find mine – not
    one, but three: writing, photography and yoga. Now I’m writing a book about it, photography is my creative outlet and yoga is for life!

  • Loi Laing

    Looking, touching, reading, watching videos, and making – I love all things jewelry. Though there’s such a huge gap between what I envision and how my pieces actually come out, but I just keep hammering away.

  • Bruce Pittman

    My passion is clearly and creatively communicating the message of Jesus. I get stoked about the opportunity to stand up before a group of people and teaching about Him in a way that people understand and are inspired to do it.

  • Kathy Storrie

    For the first big chunk of my life i loved teaching children and doing art. I was amazed to find out that there was something else I was passionate about…writing. Now i have a self-published book behind me, a second book being edited and 2 blogs. Jeff, you are right! Same as you I care more about writing than selling a book or getting a million likes or followers. Writing is theraputic for my soul. As a fiction writer I have so many ideas for a free eBook offer on my blog I don’t know which one to do first! Thanks again for teaching us how to do our passion.

  • Abhinav Mishra

    nicely written with a lot o passion!!..

  • lwwarfel

    Writing is also my passion! I’m starting to see glimmers of what you’ve shared here. Thanks for the wisdom and encouragement!

  • Melinda Todd

    I love writing, but I also love to draw and paint – especially for kids. I think I’ve just started to realize I can combine the two so I am working on a children’s book. It is hard when you know what you are good at but you aren’t sure how to make a career out of it. I’m not the greatest writer, but I do okay. But I can and do awesome children’s ministry decorations and VBS decor. It would be nice to have a small income so we can start working towards our goal of missionaries to Haiti. We want to provide some of our own income and not rely solely on supporters.

  • I have three passions: writing, families with deaf and hard of hearing kids, and barefoot water skiing. When I was mutually let go from my corporate job, I dove into all three. What a ride!

  • Allison S. Williams

    I’ve attended life coaching in New York, read books, watch inspirational stories and listen to different kinds of music before I finally discover what is really my passion. Each of us has our own passion in life we just need to know yourself more and more every day.

  • Yes, pursuing passion is difficult, especially when you have to juggle it with an already hectic life, and spend the entire day with people who are miles away from your passion. But still the joy of pursuing it, striving for it, and giving up certain things for it, makes it worth calling it PASSION.