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Passion Test Pt 2

Lesson 4 from: The Photographer's Guide to Resiliency

Alex Strohl

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4. Passion Test Pt 2

It's important to know what you are truly passionate about. With this simple test, you can be sure what you are pursuing is worth it to you.

Lesson Info

Passion Test Pt 2

(soft music) Before you do this part, let your answers that you did in part one simmer for a few hours. If you've already done that, then let's do it. So now at this point, it's time to choose, you know, what your passions are from the 15 you've put down there. There's a lot of them, right? If you have 10, that's fine. If you have seven, that's fine too. But just try to get as many as you can. So the point is that you wanna run each answer against the other one. So, let's say the first one is you wanna be a baker. And the second one is you wanna fly planes. You gotta decide which one matters most, right? Certainly, it's not about deleting, 'cause you can, you know, in life it's not as black or white, you can still be a baker and fly planes. But right now you have to decide what is more important right now for the long term so you can put your attention towards it. So, it's either one or two baker or you know, fly planes. So let's say you choose fly planes, boom. Alright, so that's, b...

aker's out of the question for now. Then you move on to the third answer. So now you wanna run your second answer against your third one and so on and so forth, right? You don't have to come back and run it against the first one because you've, you know, first answer is being deleted. You don't wanna be a baker right now. It's not a priority. It's you know, it matters more to you to fly planes. So let's say you run two against three and then you choose two again, perfect. Then you go two against four. If you choose three, however, instead of two then two is out of the equation then you're gonna run three, answer three against four. If you don't pick four, then three against five et cetera, et cetera. So you don't have to run everything against everything. You're just trying to narrow down the list for now. So, don't worry, you're not crossing things off forever. This is designed to make you realize what's more important to you. So, continue comparing until you've narrowed down to five and then put a number, you know, next to each one. So if being, you know, flying planes is still the number one, bam, put a one next to it. And then two is, you know, the second more important, so on and so forth, until you have five. If you're stuck between two, just tell yourself if I never could be this or if I could never could have this which one matters most to me, right? Is it having a beautiful family or being a jet fighter pilot? Whatever it is, just, you have to use these words to make it easier. You could never have, if I could never be, this will help you decide. And generally your first instinct will be the best one right? If you like that, for sure. Generally, that's a little closer to our hearts, so I'd go with it. And most importantly, be honest with yourself. Don't just pick some because you think your friends say that you should be doing that or that. So don't be worried about surprising people with your choices. Just make it really honest to yourself. Not everybody, nobody's gonna see this list anyways. It's just for you. So at the end of this, you should have five passions on your list. So hopefully now, that you have your five passions identified, at least for now, you should have more clarity into what you wanna be planning for the next few years, right? I hope that this has shifted your perspective. And if you wanna get more tactical, you can get the book. It's called "A Passion Test", and it's by Jane Atwood and Chris Atwood. I quite enjoyed it. It's very helpful. There's some parts with a lot of back stories that wasn't that useful to me. But overall I highly recommend it, just for helping you with the test and telling you how to do it. You know, how to build based on this points you find out about yourself.

Ratings and Reviews

Anabella Borges

Perfect Timing They say things come at the right time and this workshop definitely did. Being a photographer is the greatest gift I could thank for, showing though my eye how I see existence is a blessing; but being successful from it is very tough! It has been a ride for me, and this workshop clarified so many things. The tools that are being shared are worth it all. Listening to these interviews made me feel not alone, hearing them speak about reinventing ourselves and trusting our creativity was inspirational. Specially the similarity of all about not giving up and staying authentic. Thank you Alex, you created a master piece of knowledge. Anabella.


What a wonderful resource! I really wanted to give Alex a HUGE thank you! This has been such a great resource as an aspiring Photographer. I feel way more confident and knowledgable about reaching out to clients. I still have some of my own homework to do but I feel like I am well equipped to tackle these challenges and to keep moving forward. Such a generous and honest resource. Can't thank you enough! And thanks to all who interviewed and shared their experiences.

Niklaus Morin

Timely Generosity Many thanks to Alex and friends who made this workshop happen! Very helpful, timely insights and reminders that building respectful relationships, trust, and community are values upon which to build personal, professional and cultural fulfillment and success. The conversational details within the interviews are fantastic. And the common threads throughout make me hopeful. Thanks again to all!

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