Let Your Passion Drive Your Career Choice: Three Vital Questions to Ask Yourself - RJ Byrd

Let Your Passion Drive Your Career Choice: Three Vital Questions to Ask Yourself

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it”

— Steve Jobs

These words are of one of the greatest minds of the 21st Century. His commencement address at the Stanford University in 2005 is an oratory wonder. In 15 minutes, Steve Jobs has put out everything a young mind needs to plan the life ahead of them with three simple stories and a closing message: “stay hungry, stay foolish” It was his message to the entire youth to never settle and keep searching for what they love or in other words, the thing that they’re most passionate about.

If you haven’t heard it, you have to give it a listen at least once. And if in spite of his words, you still seem lost as to what you’re passion is, ask yourselves the following questions:

Q: Who is the one person in my social circle I would trade jobs with?

Once you’ve determined who that person is, determine why? What is the thing about that particular job that interests you? Is it monetary or the work place environment or the job description? Use it to get a clear picture of what interests you.

Q: What do the people around me say I’m good at?

Peer reviews are an excellent precursor of what your strengths are. People sometimes see what a person is missing out on himself. It can be something as simple as creative writing or attention to details. These little details can allow you to build a big picture one block at a time.

Q: Am I intelligent or hard working?

Some people are born with bigger brains than others. Their IQ is a tad bit higher than normal individuals and therefore they are able to handle things with ease. This doesn’t mean that the rest of the population is just dumb failures. They have to work harder in order to get to their goals.

There are numerous examples of A-list celebrities, athletes, businessmen and philosophers around the globe who were a little short on IQ points but it didn’t stop them from achieving greatness in life and leaving a mark on the world. They did it through determination and hard work. If you’re not naturally sharp in the head, you have to be willing to put in the extra effort to make a difference. If not, you won’t find yourself going anywhere.


Life is about identifying your strengths and weaknesses. This results in a framework and it allows you to specify what you’re good at. Building the right career depends on these factors. Determine what you’re passionate about and pursue it as a career.