Stop searching for your passion Allow things to unfold and you will 2 months ago   10:48

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What are you passionate about? You’re told these five words hold the key to a successful career and life purpose. What if it’s the wrong question altogether? This talk turns the ubiquitous “find your passion” message on its ear.

Terri Trespicio is a branding strategist who helps visionaries, experts, entrepreneurs, and businesses communicate with power and precision across media platforms. She consults with a wide range of experts, everyone from surgeons and social media celebs to startups and brand managers.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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Jhaila Lott
I’m glad I clicked on this video first when I searched for ; “how to find your passion.”
Scott Marker
Terri Trespicio, spot on! First, most people’s passions won’t make them a living long-term. Secondly, you're right that most people change over time and so do their passions.

That’s why I recommend younger people look for a career that most likely will be around for a while, i.e. first responders, fireman/woman, law enforcement, military, etc. Build up vacations, retirement, healthcare, etc. Then, you will most likely be able to afford your passion(s) over the years that aren’t necessarily your main source of income… Which is also a good thing in most cases.
Jake Mars
If Steve Jobs was listening to this woman, I would not have had my iPhone right now.
Ramnath Verma
I am in love with this tedx talk
Ursula Domingos
Beautiful words
Nepalisarose Jr.
thankyou so much. I really needed this. 😭😭😊😊
Filip Barac
Thanks for giving me the answer to this bothersome question. When people ask me what do I do, and I say I do x, oh you love doing x? I feel guilty for my lack of ambition and passion as I answer well sometimes it's interesting...
Christian Nolan
Who else watched it twice to understand completely ?
That's actually what I was been living by, but I never got any opportunity or a job opening although I have a degree. I wish I was like her in her twenties having to choose between job offers lol
Arnoud Klomp
wow this was boring
Yoana Batres
This is really good help thx
Kinga Gorski
Interesting perspective about being passionate/not being passionate haha.
Ma Sa
Is finding the mission and passion in our individual life consider as a lifestyle that we convince ourselves to accept it as a fact because we seemed so disappointed with the idea of life it self. Some time I wish I just have the passion of that taxi driver running after money or any f thing at least you involve you self in and keep you self running and running till you die.
Don’t know what I’m saying but sometimes I see life as it’s is the perfect way to live this life is to keep you self busy as you can that you have less time in your day thinking of meaningless life. You can consider last sentence as a definition of what we all call happiness!
I think this largely depends on the scope of your passion. Is it wide or narrow? For me, I have been passionate about the environment and sustainability (though it didn't have that name) since I was a kid. I have interest and care about a LOT of things in that field: wilderness, water preservation, healthy food production, waste management, sustainable burial practices, environmental justice, etc, etc. So my life (career and volunteering) has wandered over many things in that realm and I've loved (almost) all of it. I also learned what I really had no interest in (renewable energy, mostly). Yeah, if I only cared about one thing in that realm, it would have been much harder, but that's the problem. We act like a "passion" has to be a laser focused thing. Teaching people to be "passion generalists" is really more useful. Do you like "working with people"? Love "being outdoors"? What about "animals"? How about adrenaline and risk taking? Sales? All potential passions, but all also WIDE open.
Wait, was minute 6 all about MLMs? Talk about something way more toxic than "following your passion."
basically a play on words.. so we need to find our passion by putting effort in to things you enjoy doing .. untill it becomes worth your time and gives rewards? A better message would be 'start putting effort in to things that are not to bad, untill it becomes your passion' so basically.. find your passion...... so do the opposite of the title of this video.
Hana Ku
Wonderful talk. 💕
Great speech👌
Raja Parvaiz Raaj
You've got it all wrong Ma'am. Passion is your inspiration to do, be, or have something that feels good to you. Yes, you've read it right. It's all about how you feel at the end of the day. Isn't it that we want all that we want from life just because we think we will feel better or good when we get them? Your passion was and is to find ways to do whatever that feels better. That's why you tried some new things to do, just to see if they satisfy your passion. Passion is not a career but the emotional feeling that you seek to obtain out of your career. And yes your right that your passion changes with time, as your desires, keep on changing as the result of you living life and therefore wanting more. Life causes you to want more and "more" is the mantra of this universe. Desiring more adds to the expansion of all that is, and expansion is the only reason for eternity of our universe.
Alex Williams
Read ‘The Alchemist’
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Allow things to unfold and you will Stop searching for your passion 2 months ago   16:35

With an appreciation of flow and motion Peggy's life has been always been driven by passion. From surfing and skateboarding to the intimate appreciation what she calls the 'Cetacean Nation'. Discovering the transformative force of participation artwork through her Origami Whales project was the first step to realising that passion could be harnessed, amplified and ultimately inspire for a deeper purpose.

Surfer, Skateboarder, Artist and Activist.
Once the only female member of the famous Zephyr Skateboard team from documentary 'Dogtown and Z-Boys': Peggy’s love of the outdoors inspires her to travel worldwide in search of good surf. In 2004, she founded the Origami Whales Project to raise awareness about commercial whaling. She has also developed the Whales and Dolphins Ambassador Program and led campaigns such as ‘Let’s Face It’, which petitions to save New Zealand’s critically endangered Maui’s dolphins and Hector’s dolphins.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at