It's basically my passion project, to talk to people who are doing what they're passionate about and to write about how people can figure out what they're passionate about.
I am fascinated by passionate people. I'm also fascinated by how important it is to people, especially young professionals, to figure out what they're passionate about. When you want to be passionate about your work, and you can't figure out what you want to do, it's like having a tangled necklace chain--your reflex is to tug on the ends, even though you know that only makes the knot tighter.
People who want to be passionate about something are usually good about knowing what they don't want to do and they tend to agree that the phrase "the world is your oyster" is straight-up menacing. It would be the best thing in the world to be able to just pick something and feel like it's the right choice.
People who decide to "figure out" what they're passionate about are fascinating people: they inventory their interests, they get comfortable asking strangers with interesting careers to talk and answer questions, they embrace being a beginner again, and they lean in to the discomfort of uncertainty. Sometimes they end up in a job that will lead them exactly to where they want to be, sometimes they end up creating their own careers as entrepreneurs, and sometimes it takes a few tries to figure out what work pulls them in so completely that they lose interest in breaking to eat or use the bathroom. When it comes to finding their passion, they're willing to see it as a process. And that makes the experience a lot more fun.
These are all things I like to write about. Some of my articles covering these subjects are linked below:
Figuring out what you're passionate about:
Making a career change or "pivot":
Interviews with entrepreneurs:
Essential Books on Figuring Out What You're Passionate About
The Fire Starter Sessions, by Danielle Laporte
The Pathfinder, by Nicholas Lore
What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles (*Careful--it's easy to manipulate your own data with this one. If you go into it thinking, "Maybe I want to be an engineer" or "Maybe I want to be a floral designer," the exercises will point you in that direction)