If you’ve ever seen a person devote himself to his life’s work, you know it has the potential to be an inspiring, almost magical, thing. But if seeing the fulfilled people around you also leaves you with a pang of longing that you could find that in yourself too, we’ve got you covered.

There’s a spark inside you for something, and it’s just a matter of finding what that something is. Here are eight ways you can explore your interests—without it turning into a full-fledged journey (because who has time for that anyway?)

  1. Ruminating on the right creative exercises will help you realize what it is you’ve always had an inclination for throughout your life. (Entrepreneur)

  2. If you’re someone who’d take more of a practical approach, then these four rules are good to keep in mind. (Forbes)

  3. Kevin Payne offers plenty of strategies to help you dig deep and get to the core of yourself to really find what drives you. (Kevintpayne)

  4. Consider that your idea of passion can change. Most people don’t just have one, and they can also develop over time. (Marie Forleo)

  5. You can also take this quiz to get an idea of what kind of work you might be into doing throughout your career. (Sokanu)

  6. Think you need to do some more soul searching? Ask yourself these thought-provoking questions the next time you’re doing a mindless task, like showering or cooking. (Fastco Design)

  7. Maybe you shouldn’t be looking high and low for what you care about—maybe you just need to remember what it was when you were younger. (Tiny Buddha)

  8. And at the end of the day, passion isn’t everything. So if you can’t figure it out, don’t sweat it. (The Daily Muse)


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