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How to Find Your Passion and Change Your Life

By Dan Rockwell?


Everyone says, “Follow your passion.” But what if you can’t find it?

Find your passion; don’t wait for it to find you.


Pick at the scab of dissatisfaction. Hidden passion often lurks under the surface of discontent. Explore what you don’t like.

What don’t you like about you?

Forget what you don’t like about the world. Passion to write Leadership Freak, for example, grew out of disappointment within me – about me.

Explore what you don’t like about what you don’t like? (Do we have also to finfdwhat we don’t like?)

Comforters kill passion. They’re enemies. Reject comfort.

Find passion by following pain. Burning discontent guides.  Those close to you feel compelled to help you feel better. They should help you feel worse.


Follow your strength if you can’t find your passion.  Give your abilities to others. This option falls way below following pain, but if you don’t feel dissatisfaction, try it.

Passion isn’t found in current activities, if it was, you’d feel it now. Passion is more about what you aren’t doing. Explore new channels for strengths. Follow your strength if it’s buried, neglected, or under-utilized.


Your contribution to the world rises up when you work on you.

(Better work on others’ asking for support: they are the source of hidden passions)

Frantic living muffles passion. Reflect every morning or evening. Take walks. Sit quietly 10 minutes a day.

You can’t escape the tyranny of the urgent because you haven’t given yourself a chance. Walk even if you can’t get stuff off your mind, for example. Keep doing it.

Passion is first about being, then about doing. Embrace the future you.


Talk with someone who’s found their passion. Forget success; look for contagious joy coupled with discontent. Miserable people won’t help.

Was passion a flickering flame that eventually erupted? Did it strike like lightening? How much of their passion is about them; how much about the world?

 How did you find your passion?

How do you help others find their passion?

“When you think about yourself as being creative. You can create a new future. That’s being positive in life.” – David Kelley

I think everyone is creative. Some know that fact more than others. Who disagrees?

 Tell me why? what are your thought. I care about what you have to say Karim Badra
  • You get creative by just getting engaged in an activity that dislodge your hidden passion
    Karim A. Badra: I think its a virtue like anything else, and its a result of certain character traits. Some people are born and raised into having strong verbal skills, others mathematics, and others may have a natural tendency to be efficient and productive. As hard a…See More
    Sherif Maktabi: being creative is simple. There are many definitions, here is one that I like: being able to imagine possiblites that have value. I think evolutionary, creativity is what allowed the human race to become the dominant species. So elementary, cr…See More

    Ramsey Saleem Nassar

    ‎”Telling people how to be creative is easy – being creative is difficult.” John…See More
    Sherif Maktabi ok i’m watching this but i dont know if ill be able to finish the full 36min. i need to leave soon
    Sherif Maktabi “Creativity is not a talent. It’s a way of operating” – from the video “creativity is not related to IQ”. etc.
    Adonis Bouhatab operational activities extend possibilities to consider, if you are ready to listen and reflect on every alternative. The more focused time you invest on resolving a problem the more creative you become: It is a matter of training your mind to open up to people’s creative intelligence…
    Khaled Tayara yes Sherif Maktabi , you are right . Creativity is a process , having new ideas is a talent but how to get out it is a process. Unfortunatly for example in the media and advertising in Lebanon we thing that to be creative , you just need talent ! sorry you need analytical skills and process minded to show and get out this creativity ! I am suffering explaining this to the team in my company

Lebanon’s freak storm: how dysfunctional are we, really?

Posted on January 12, 2013

Living in Lebanon, you gradually (yes, even you, western expats) get used to a general and persevering state of chaos.

Driving conditions regularly resemble those of Grand Theft Auto, selling produce from a southern neighbor prompts more fury than kidnappings, and occasionally, senior government officials may even be blown up.

Uninsured luxury cars are driven on pothole-ridden streets, Beirut is commended for its nightlife while gunfights break out in Tripoli, and power outages are the norm in even the priciest of restaurants and boutiques.

Celebrities like Akon are welcomed liked heroes, while migrant workers from the African continent are denied entry into private beaches because of the color of their skin.

Meanwhile, over 400 000 people in this country of 4 million are refugees. But your life here is normal, isn’t it?


Given the madness that the Lebanese live with everyday, it seems it may take the sky to fall, or the ground to crumble under our feet to realize how truly dysfunctional this society really is. Well heads up, Lebanon, it may be happening.

The freak storm that has been ravaging the region for several days has been particularly hard on Lebanon.

The torrential rain has led to 5 deaths, 55 injuries, countless closed roads and even the closure of schools (note: schools did not even close following the Ashrafieh car bomb.)

Shocking images of flooded roads, flipped cars and one very determined cyclist are making the Lebanese wonder: why?

While Lebanon’s infrastructure may be holding up superficially, internally, it is literally crumbling.

Beirut’s Hay al-Sellom suburb was so badly hit, city officials warned of imminent building collapses.

Ten thousand books were destroyed when a public library was flooded in Abrin, Batroun.

Tripoli’s emergency teams struggled to keep ancient streets and cracked buildings from flooding, for once fighting water as opposed to fire.

From Jbeil to the Bekaa, countless people were stranded in their cars and homes, forced to watch their crops and property be destroyed, or simply found it impossible to get to work as even Beirut’s highways were swamped.

In a tragic turn of events, a 7-month-old baby was lost and is yet to be found after the rain swept away the tent of a shepherd family from the south.

MPs have been quick to shift the blame to the human negligence of building companies, profiteering contractors, and a lack of periodic maintenance.

But in a society where corruption and corner-cutting are rewarded as opposed of being punished, law enforcement is scoffed at, and family connections decide jobs more often than qualifications do, Lebanon’s suffering in the wake of this storm should hardly come as a surprise.

When public services as basic as electricity and internet are neglected, and money pours into luxury establishments like the now-flooded Zaytouna Bay, is it really so hard to understand why?

On the surface, Lebanon and its infrastructure may still be standing. Part of it may even seem glamorous. But at its core, much of it is crumbled and rotting.

And ultimately, the hardest hit of every natural and political disaster will remain the same; the poor, refugees, and every Lebanese trying to be functional in this crazy country.




August 2018

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