Ask WHY before you ask WHAT

by Carla Johnson on July 3rd, 2012

Do you get this question as often as I get it? “What is your passion?”

The idea of pursuing your passion is the heart and soul of finding contentment and success. But I often feel the question is far too simple. It focuses on the “what,” on the “thing.” We need to focus on the “why.”

I like variety. I am passionate about a lot of things and I want to embrace all life has to offer. So, when someone asks me “What is your passion?” they are usually looking for something short and brief. But the answer to that question is long and detailed – and fun.

Considering my Cooking With Sin project, I could answer, “I love sharing peoples’ stories.” But I am never asked “Why do you love sharing peoples’ stories?” It’s such a great question because the answer goes something like this…

I love learning from others. I am inspired by people who take events beyond their control and create something special for themselves. I am in awe how tears of joy and tears of sorrow often flow at the same time. My nosy, noisy self is subdued by people who experience great tragedies, yet rarely share their experiences. They don’t see themselves as special. It’s wonderful.

When you understand the “why” of your life and passions, then “what” can be so many different and interesting things.

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Carla Johnson

Carla Johnson

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