7 Steps to Find and Pursue Your Passion and Live Your Best Life…
Lately I have been dealing with a great deal of family illness and death, an unfortunate fact of life. I feel that the purpose of the clock that is ticking from the moment we are born is to remind us that every second we have is precious. Tomorrow is never promised. The next minute is never promised. That’s why as rapper Heavy D said in his final tweet before he died, “Be fearless!”
Our lives are a gift. Someone who is living proof of this is filmmaker and actor Esosa Edosomwan. You couldn’t have a better guide to the world of “how to live your dreams.” She tells her story below along with 10 compelling tips to live YOUR passion.
I am honored to share her work here. Her current heart project is the film, “One Night In Brooklyn.” The film is “a coming of age comedy about a group of twenty-something Brooklyn bohemians who throw a TransAfrican Independence Day party.” Right in the zone of our passionate living blog, right?
I urge you to check out Esosa Edosomwan’s trailer and head over to support her film’s IndieGogo Campaign. Having written and directed several indie films I can tell you that what Esosa and her team are doing is no easy feat.
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Life is precious. We hear this all the time, but most of us, myself included, can forget this and live like we have years to come. The immediacy of life is missing, and so we can fall into habits of not taking action on projects or dreams that are nearest and dearest to our hearts. I am a firm believer that we are all put here to express our God given talents and that if you are not working towards your passion or living in the dream of doing your passion every day, you are wasting your life.
This realization has hit hard for me several times throughout the years. It started when my first love died unexpectedly at the age of 23, when another friend died in an accident at the age of 27, and most recently, when my little brother passed away at the end of 2011. My brother dying was an unexpected difficult loss that I am still working through emotionally, but in other ways it was another loud call to action, to walk my path and treasure each moment.
We don’t know how long our time will be on this planet. When you really take that in as an irrefutable truth, you realize that you cannot afford to waste a second of your life not doing something you are wildly passionate about.
Right now, I am pursuing and living my passion. I am an actress and writer who was led to direct films because I wanted to create more work for myself. The passion that I had found an outlet when I got the idea for my first feature film, “One Night in Brooklyn.”
I am now raising funds to begin production of the film in the summer of 2012. Enjoy the post and check out our fundraising video or visit Indiegogo.com/onenightinbrooklyn to learn more about us and support our film. Here are seven steps to pursuing your passion.
-XoXo Esosa Edosomwan
How to Pursue Your Passion!
1. Discover it.
Some people come out of the womb knowing what they are meant to do. There are countless stories of young prodigies or people who say that even as a child they showed some inclination towards a particular passion. On the other hand, there are also people who discover their passion later in life, or have absolutely no clue what their passion is.
Not knowing at all is definitely not the end of the world. If you don’t know what your passion is and you haven’t been led to it yet, you must simply cultivate the desire in yourself to find it. If you pose the question, the answer will come.
Leave yourself open to trying new things, going new places, and trusting your gut instinct no matter how silly it seems. You’ll find it, eventually, and you may also have a lot of fun stories to tell in the end.
2. Nurture It.
So now you know what your passion is? You’re excited to wake up every morning and do that particular work or expression. Now it’s time to put in the work. As the saying goes, you reap what you sow.
All of the greatest artists, innovators, entrepreneurs started with their raw talent and passion but they usually found training, or got life experience that allowed them to deepen their craft and cultivate discipline. Your passion is like plant. You have to make sure it has the right nutrients and nourishment to flourish. Every person is different so figure out what works for you, and get started RIGHT NOW.
3. Make a Commitment to Your Purpose.
When things go awry or get difficult, it’s easy to throw in the towel. There are countless examples of innovators and personalities who found that passion, but then had to face years of rejection. Bestselling children’s author Dr. Seuss’s first book was rejected by 27 publishers. Twenty seven rejections! In a recent video entertainment mogul Tyler Perry spoke of six years in his life when he was promoting shows and no one would come.
The only way to continue following the passion even in those times when it feels like the passion for doing the work is gone, is making a commitment. You must decide now, that come what may, if the roads are smooth or rough, you will prevail. When you do this, you can surmount obstacles and rejection much easier because your eye is on the prize, the bigger vision.
4. Find Your Cheerleading Squad.
You are now super excited to be pursuing your passion and so you want to run and shout it from the mountaintop! You get there grinning, sweating profusely, panting, and full of all this positive energy and sometimes you find a really somber audience staring back at you. Some of these people may be your family or even close friends. Even worse, you may have someone flat out tell you that your passion is absolutely crazy and that you will never reach your goal. Your grin quickly melts to a frown, maybe even a grimace.
Every successful person needs someone that they can call on, who will be their number one fan. We all have doubts, some days we feel brilliant and others rejection may make us feel less than. The key is choosing to get back up again. Having a cheerleading squad that is genuinely excited for our triumphs and helps us put into perspective our low moments is a key element in staying the course to living a passion filled life.
5. See the Vision. Have a Game Plan.
Having a passion is one thing, but sustaining the pursuit of it can be another. In order to have a destination, you need a vision of where you are going. Not just any vision, but a specific, juicy, mouth watering, heart thumping vision that really puts you on edge. You think about achieving that thing and your heart flutters a little bit.
Once the vision is clear, then it’s time to make a plan. You’ve got to take some action. This action plan isn’t rigid at all. Depending on your type of personality “plans” may freak you out. That’s okay. I’m a firm believer that with the vision in place, you can be led and even draw the things you need to you, but you have to be open to them.
“Coincidences” surrounding your vision may happen, and you have to be there ready to notice and act on them. Perhaps that’s partly what the saying means: “luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” Prepare yourself by seeing the vision, cultivating your talent, and knowing the specifics of what you want.
6. Work Hard. Persevere. Be Flexible.
Most people who love what they do say it doesn’t feel like work at all. It doesn’t feel like work and because of that they may work all the time! Working hard when you are pursuing your passion should be like breathing. It’s not something you have to force yourself to do. You become engrossed and you want to do your best because it’s what you love. Then there may be moments that are trying where you may have to call your cheerleading squad or recommit to your purpose, but you must stay the course.
You must persevere. Flexibility is key. Sometimes you are lead one way that isn’t at all the way you planned but leads you straight to your goal. Joel Schumacher, now an award-winning producer and director once upon a time ago was a costume designer who wanted to be a director. He started there, then wrote scripts, but kept his eye on his goal of directing. Sometimes to start just getting close enough to observe the thing you want is enough.
Don’t assume it’ll be hard, and don’t assume it’ll be incredibly easy either. Some paths are long highways, and others are short alley ways. Just have your vision, stay on your particular path, and enjoy the ride!
7. Celebrate the NOW. Propel Into the Future.
Accept that wherever you are right NOW is perfect. It’s exactly where you should be. It’s so easy to get sucked into the trap of comparing our journey to other people’s journeys, or holding ourselves up to cultural or societal standards that make us feel like we should be, should do, or should have done already.
Focus on the NOW, where you are, and do the best you can. Live in this moment and love what you can do today, what are doing right now, and that energy will help propel you along your path. Every passion needs revisiting and sometimes reviving.
The beauty of being alive is that each moment we have the gift of creative imagination, we have the ability to desire and pursue. If you’ve found it, don’t take your passion lightly. Treasure every single moment you get to be alive and do what you love, and you will truly LIVE.
Powerful words, Esosa! Esosa Edosomwan’s current project is the film “One Night In Brooklyn.” To make donation or offer support you can find her IndieGogo Campaign here. Clearly she is destined for great things and none of us can do it alone.
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