Finding the Golden Goose

What does it really mean to find your passion? Some are born knowing what they love and a smaller percentage actually pursue that.. Most everyone outside of that realm develop a passion through being exposed to something long enough. The last is a dramatic or traumatic experience that you feel committed to. But out of these 3 my focus is going to be on the second; developed passion.

For me, I have always loved art. I did everything I could to create and build when I was young. I didn't realize how compelled I was by art making as a career until high school, but for years prior, I had been practicing and learning without realizing the knowledge I had amassed. Although I was not brilliant, I had started along the path to becoming a professional. The amount of time I had put into multiple analog and digital mediums by the time I was graduating high school left me with a wider scope of flexibility. For any younger readers, I think it is great to be a jack of all trades while you are still in high school. Even after you graduate, it is okay to pursue a few things. In this way you can lean on the skill that best elevates you in times of need. But as you age, I suggest you focus down to either 1 or 2 skills.

Through the hard work of listening and studying from others, you can learn things that will make you more intrigued and attached to your job/craft. It is best to remember as you learn more and more to remain humble for many reasons. Primarily, because you have a long way to go. If you master what you are doing right now, you will long to learn something else. But the dedication to a singular thing will slowly unlock more and more hidden details that 3 years of study would have never unlocked. Who knows the beauty of what lies 20 years away. The best way I have found to constantly unlock those secrets is to study a topic until you find the interesting qualities of the subject. Perspective shapes importance. Once you can align your perspectives with an idea or a teacher's idea, your thinking will produce similar results.