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Finding Your Passion

Everyone has goals – but are they the right goals?  It is always such a tragedy when you come across someone who missed their calling. A person who has a true talent for something, but never pursued it.

Sometimes it just involves missed opportunities. Other times, the person might not even know what they are missing.

Paul Potts

For all of its flaws, reality television has done at least one good thing. It has provided a stage for people who might never have had a chance to show off their talents. Sure, the vast majority of the people would have been better off NOT displaying their talent – but every once in a while, you find a gem. One of my favorites is Paul Potts from Britain’s Got Talent. By now, you’ve probably seen the video clip. It got over 84 MILLION views on YouTube. (In case you are one of the 17 people who haven’t seen it – here is a link to the clip: Paul Potts on YouTube )

The guy is a mobile phone salesman who wanted to sing opera. Seems like such an unlikely fit. He sure doesn’t look like a star, but he absolutely SOUNDS like a star.

When you see someone like that, you can’t help but wonder how many others are out there. How many people are working a daily grind job and missing out on doing something that they could do extraordinarily well?

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The problem is that life just rolls on. As the famous John Lennon quote goes, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”  You have your day job and your dream job – but never get around to the dream job. Nothing wrong with that really… it happens to everyone. The key is to know what your “dream job” would be – just in case the opportunity ever presents itself.

Finding Your Way

Here is a simple way to start heading in the right direction.

Think about this for a minute: If you won the lottery today, what would you do next week? Once the excitement wore off and the money was in the bank, what would you do?

Chances are, you would do something you are passionate about. That might be travel, helping with charities, creating art or going back to school for more education. Finding and identifying your passion is the first step. Once that is done, you work hard and cross your fingers. The opportunity may never come – but at least you will know you are heading toward the correct finish line!

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About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni. In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni.

In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

Comments

  1. I have an issue with finding my passion. It seems as though just about everything is my passion: from web design, to writing, to graphics, to music …. and i think i’m pretty good at almost all of them. I think a person should, after identifying their passion, make sure they stick to what they have chosen cos passion can also wear off once difficult situations step in.
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  2. Pam Butler says:

    Absolutely great article! I was one of the 17 who had not seen the video. Thank you!

    As someone who found their passion many years ago and have had the privilege to be involved in it every day, I have become very aware of the people I meet who are just marking time. Such a waste. There is so much to be done in the world and great people to meet.

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