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TWO QUESTIONS TO UNCOVER YOUR PASSION — AND TURN IT INTO A CAREER

Noeline Kirabo | TEDWomen 2019

What’s your passion? Social entrepreneur Noeline Kirabo reflects on her work helping out-of-school young people in Uganda turn their passions into profitable businesses — and shares the two questions you can ask yourself to begin doing the same.

Now, when we talk about passion, one of the most common questions that people ask is, “What is passion? How do I even find it?” And in the simplest definition, passion is a collection of your life experiences that give you the deepest sense of fulfillment. And to identify your passion, you need to look inward. So we use two reflective questions. The first question we ask is, “If you had all the time and the money in the world, what would you spend your time doing?” It sounds like a very simple question, but many people struggle to answer this question because they’ve just never thought about it.

The second question we ask is, “What makes you happy or gives you the deepest sense of fulfillment?” Now, you would assume that we all know what makes us happy, but it’s also interesting to note that so many people have no idea what makes them happy, because they are so busy going through the routines of life, they’ve never stopped to look inward. And so identifying the things that give us a deep sense of fulfillment and the things that give us deep joy are thoughts that begin to direct us in the direction of our passion. And just in case you’re wondering what your answers are to those two questions, I invite you to sit with these questions later and just reflect about it.

Watch the full TED talk here.

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