Imagine how different our encounters with new acquaintances would be if we started the conversation with “What are you passionate about?” instead of “What do you do?” (for a living)
For the lucky ones, the answer would be the same, (they are passionate about their work) but for most others ~ their faces are bound to light up with this opportunity to talk about the things that they love, whether it’s cooking, playing sports, bee-keeping, watching old movies, working out, volunteering, gardening, throwing theme parties, travelling or restoring old cars. They will launch into an enthusiastic description, and they’ll immediately like you for asking the question, and they’ll like you even more if you really listen to the answer.
I’m one of the lucky ones. My careers and passions have always been one and the same, first teaching, then parenting and finally writing.
Now I’m pursing passions that are not career related, like travel, and wildlife conservation. Ask me about my recent gorilla trek. I’ll try to reign in my excitement, but it will be hard.
So the next time you are at one of those mix-and-mingle kind of events, remember to ask… what do you love to do? With any luck there will be time left over for you to talk about your passions too.