Derek Sivers

Entrepreneur, programmer, avid student of life. I make useful things, and share what I learn.

If you think you haven't found your passion...

A few times, I've been asked a question like, “But what if I haven't found my true passion?”

It's dangerous to think in terms of “passion” and “purpose” because they sound like such huge overwhelming things.

If you think love needs to look like “Romeo and Juliet”, you'll overlook a great relationship that grows slowly.

If you think you haven't found your passion yet, you're probably expecting it to be overwhelming.

Instead, just notice what excites you and what scares you on a small moment-to-moment level.

If you find yourself diving into a book about Photoshop and playing around with the program for hours, go for it! Dive in deeper. Maybe that's your new calling.

If you keep thinking about something like putting on a huge conference or being a Hollywood screenwriter and you find the idea terrifies but intrigues you, it's probably a worthy endeavor for you.

You grow by doing what excites you and what scares you.

For me, CD Baby was just a curiosity: that little hobby that kept me up until 2am every night, programming and experimenting. It just grew from there.

Romeo and Juliet