We hear ‘pursue your passion’ all the time. While it is sound advice, identifying passion and pursing it are entirely different.
“The best way to discover your passion is to ask yourself what skills and talent you bring to the world and set goals to accomplish it,” said Kimberly Hall, director of donor development for Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona. “Determine what comes natural to you and what steps you need to take to move forward.”
During August’s Professional Women’s Alliance luncheon on August 8, Hall gave the audience tips to determine their passions and reasons why it’s important to ultimately fulfill those passions.
For many, finding a passion can be a challenging. The trick is to narrow it down.
“Have a discussion with someone close to you about which talents they see in you,” Hall said. “This is a great way to get an outside perspective.”
Online assessments can also help determine talents, gifts and personality traits that ultimately can become a personal passion. Halls adds the best way to have success in developing and pursuing a passion is to build in accountability with yourself and others.
“Writing down your goals and setting a date to accomplish those goals holds you accountable and you are more likely to take action,” Hall said. “Get an accountability partner who will be honest with you and give constructive feedback.”
Hall encourages everyone to discover their passion because she believes it can be used to help others and better the community.
“Our talents are to be given away freely and shared to make the community better,” Hall said. “I believe we should leave this world better than we found it.”
Hall ended her presentation by revealing how she discovered her own passion for service while volunteering at a local shelter.
“Serving the homeless all those years ago literally changed me and led me to my passion for helping others,” Hall said. “I believe we are blessed to be a blessing to others.”
The next Professional Women’s Alliance features Bahar Schippel, Partner, Snell & Wilmer on Tuesday, Sept. 12. She will discuss lessons learned from hardships during her formative years and how that adversity enabled her to develop the toughness, dedication and compassion to succeed in her career. Register Today!