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"Help! I’ve found that I have no passion!"

I've been following your blog for quite sometime now and your recent post struck a chord with me. I've found that I have no passion. Instead, I have a passion for the passionate, in the abstract. When I'm working near people who love what they do, can see their grand vision and have a pathway to the future it inspires me. From a chef to a programmer, if I meet a passionate person, I immediately want to be them.

I've made numerous blogs covering different topics. I've started a variety of different groups at university. I've even switched hobbies from martial arts to programming to yoyos. Nothing seems to stick. It seems I need a mentor of sorts to make sure I stay on track otherwise, some voice in my head is "ooh! try this! no no no! try this!"

My main question is, how to continue? How do you know when you should cut your losses or when you're just being a pansy? Help me focus Sebastian!

I know where you're at and I've got a number of thoughts.

First and foremost, did you see Miguel Hernandez's replied? I wrote "Passion Emerges From Action, Not Contemplation," I asked for Miguel's take because he's a sharp guy.

Please Please Me - The Beatles

On More from a 3 Minute Record

This is it. I’m selling out. It's going to get all cliché up in here, so prepare yourselves. This is the obligatory Beatles post. In any discussion of music over the past few centuries, it’s inevitable that you will mention the Beatles. The Beatles are extraordinary for many reasons, of course, but what stands out most to me is their prolificacy. Not only were they churning out some of the most influential music of their time, they were doing so at a breakneck pace. The Fab Four released 13 albums in a span of just 7 years—a rate completely incomprehensible by the iTunes generation’s standards.

I have a theory that if you were to ask any selection of 5 people familiar with the Beatles’ work, “What is your favorite Beatles album?” you are likely to hear 5 different responses. I think this speaks not only to the top-to-bottom quality of their entire discography, but also to what I’ll call (for want of a better term) various points of entry. As ubiquitous as the Beatles are in popular culture, it is very difficult to avoid them.Aside from being an important part of culture as it’s taught in history, I remember singing “Yellow Submarine” in fifth grade music class to learn about melody. Hell, they even invaded one of the most famous scenes in the history of cinema.

One of the really important things to consider when discussing these points of entry is time. The generation of which my parents are a part (at the younger end of that spectrum, admittedly) is responsible for Beatlemania. That generation grew up with the Beatles and witnessed their evolution (Listen to this album and then listen to 1970’s Let it Be, and you will hear a definite difference). My generation grew up with the Beatles as a constant. My generation didn’t experience the Beatles as a phenomenon, as a movement, or as a social wave. My generation never met John Lennon (weird, I just got the sudden urge to write about the Who).

Depending on your perspective, my generation was able to (or forced to) choose to tackle the Beatles monster in our own time, on our own terms, and in any order we wanted, chronology be damned. My childhood, aside from the previously mentioned examples, wasn't overrun by the Beatles’ music. I was exposed, but I don’t recall listening to full albums as a kid. As such, when I was in high school I made the conscious decision to become better acclimated with this band that is almost universally revered as the greatest band to ever pick up instruments.

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