What follows are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about working with passion.

Answers to FAQ

How do I know what my passion is?

Your passion is the problem you want to solve, not just for yourself but for others. This work is what you do naturally, easily and well. You don’t even have to think about what you are doing; you just do it. The activity is so fascinating you can't stop thinking about it. It's hard to imagine that people will pay you to solve the problems that intrigue you, and yet, that's precisely how you will make money and find fulfillment.

You may take your talent for granted, thinking everyone can do what you do. You may even feel guilty about getting paid for what comes easily to you. Strangely enough, "I don't feel like I'm working," is a common reaction when you succeed at what you love. 

What is the difference between a personal interest or hobby and passion?

Passion is what you believe is important, as when you read a good book and you want everyone to read it. Or let's say you love to organize, and you know everyone could benefit from mastering the details of life. By contrast, a hobby is just for you, for your own pleasure; you are not interested in doing it for others.

 Notice what you do that helps others to improve, learn and grow, or that entertains or inspires them to take action. That activity is your passion. Next, figure how how to get paid for what you are already doing for free.

How can I work with passion if I have kids, a big mortgage and bills to pay?

Start with small steps: first, be sure that you are not using your kids, the mortgage and bills as excuses for not taking the risks that scare you. Next, set aside time every day to think about when you are happy and productive.

Make a list of the times when you exceeded others' expectations. No one told you to work harder, you just did it. Maybe you need to work for yourself, or for a smaller organization where you can wear many hats, as opposed to being in a corporation. Keep in mind that finding your niche in work is a process - like Goldilocks, it may take several tries to get it right.

Meanwhile, cut back on overhead, throw away your credit cards except for the one you pay off every month, if need be sell the house and move to a less expensive place. Remember  the best example you can give your children is doing what you love with all your heart and soul. The worst example is to stay in a job or business you hate and complain about it. You don't want your children to blame themselves for your unhappiness.