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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.

Having A Body Of Work

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Here's a link for you that may really help you to develop as a clear-thinking person: http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~andwhay/postlist.html.

What is it? A list of Eliezer Yudkowsky's blog posts in chronological order over a period of about two years. It's nearly six hundred (600!) posts long; he challenged himself to write every day, for at least a large chunk of that time.

Eliezer Yudkowsky is a man who works with two extremely cool things. One, he works with artificial intelligence (AI). He has an extremely strong grasp of math and logic, and works on advancing the field. Two, Mr. Yudkowsky works with CFAR, the Center For Applied Rationality. It's an organization that aims to teach the art of rationality to willing students.

He also writes the fanfiction Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, as a sort of introduction to the art for people. HPMOR is actually quite educational and a very gripping story. if you're normally not big on fanfiction, I recommend giving it a shot just for what you can learn; I've heard some people say it's also a read that motivates them. If you like fanfics, or if you like Harry Potter, I think you'll enjoy it! Lots of little references, jokes, it's really quite captivating.

I've been reading HPMOR for a while, and known of Mr. Yudkowsky's posts for a while, but only today did I stumble upon the list of his blog posts, and realized how massive it is.

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