The 3 Essential Steps to Finding Your Passion and Building a Career Around It

Updated: December 20, 2012

Corbett Barr

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"Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -Howard Thurman

Why do some people love their work, while the vast majority dread getting up every morning?

Is it our decisions? Our upbringings? Luck? Something else?

Surveys show that half or more of Americans are unhappy with their jobs. Why do so many of us spend the majority of our waking hours doing work we're unsatisfied with?

That's precisely the question my good friend Scott Dinsmore has dedicated his life to answering. He has worked with and surveyed hundreds of people to understand exactly what it takes to do work you love. The answers he's come up with are surprising but simple.

If you're not familiar with Scott Dinsmore's work yet, I'm ecstatic to be the first to tell you about it. There isn't anyone on the planet as passionate about helping people find and do work they love as Scott is.

When you listen to Scott's story and hear about the people he's helped, it's hard not to get fired up. Deciding to pursue work you love is such an important and life-changing decision. We should get fired up about it.

I made the decision to follow my dreams and do work I love back in 2005, and life has been an exciting adventure ever since. It's not always easy by any means, but there is no way I would ever go back to living a scripted life, no matter how big a challenge it is to take this path. The challenge is actually a big part of why following your dreams is so much fun.

The Passionate Work Framework & The 3 Pillars that Make it Possible

So what exactly does it take to find your passion and build a career around it? Through Scott's work at Live Your Legend (his site is visited by over 40,000 people per month), he has identified three steps to making passionate work possible:
  1. Knowing Yourself & Self-Experimentation

    You must know who you are, what you’re good at, what values you hold highest, what you enjoy doing and what you absolutely hate.

    This is not something you learn in a book. You extract it from your life experiences. The more experiences the better. When in doubt, keep learning and experimenting.

    The best way to learn about yourself is through the art of micro-experiments and rapid self-learning.

  2. Doing the Impossible

    Most people don’t believe it’s possible to have a passionate career. In fact, society trains us that a lot of unbelievably fulfilling things can’t be done.

    Showing yourself you can do things you used to write off as impossible has a confidence-compounding effect on our life like no other. You can then apply that on a larger and larger scale.

  3. Surrounding Yourself with Passionate People

    The fastest way to do the impossible is to start hanging around people already doing it. Simple as that.

    If you don’t have supportive people around you – you know, people who really understand you and who you want to become, then change is all but impossible.

    Scott is actively building a community of passionate people, all doing the work, sharing ideas, and building momentum for real change.

Why This Is So Urgent

I'm telling you all this for two reasons. First, I truly believe there is no more impactful way to change your life than by pursuing work you love. Just imagine how much happier and productive the world could be if everyone did something they loved for a living.

Second, Scott has developed this framework into a full course called Live Off Your Passion that is available at a special price until the end of the year. Now is the perfect time to invest in yourself by following Scott's exact repeatable process and proven framework for finding your passions, choosing the most lucrative option and building a career around doing work that genuinely excites you...

Scott first released Live Off Your Passion about a year ago, and it was quickly named the top personal development course of 2011. Since then, he has updated the course twice already, and over 1,000 people have used the framework to discover and leverage their own unique career passions.

On January 1st, the price of the course will be going up by $70. It will still be a fantastic deal at the new price, but right now, I think it's a steal.

The course is fully guaranteed. If you don't discover your own marketable passion after taking the course, you can get a full refund anytime.

Click here to purchase Live Off Your Passion before the price increase

My Special Bonus to You

If you purchase Live Off Your Passion through the links on this page, we'll earn a commission. As a special "thank you" for your purchase, we're going to give you a special bonus.

For the past year or so, I've been working hard with a talented team to develop an entirely new video training library for online business builders. It's called Fizzle, and we'll be opening to the public in January.

Fizzle is a central training platform for serious online entrepreneurs to learn what works, what doesn’t, and how to do it. It's the perfect accompaniment to Scott's Live Off Your Passion course for people who know there will be an online component to what you do for a living. We sold out nearly 400 charter member spots earlier this year and the early reviews have been glowing.

Here's our special offer: if you purchase Scott's course by the end of the year (January 1st), we'll give you a full free 30-day deluxe membership in Fizzle (a $49 value) that you can start anytime.

Just email us at with your receipt number, and we'll set you up with the Fizzle membership.

Whatever You Decide...

Whether you decide to check Scott's course out or not, I would love you to give serious consideration to pursuing work you really love in 2013. There is no better way to live a truly incredible life.

If you're not totally on board with how important it is to do work you care about, check out this talk Scott gave at a packed TEDx event in San Francisco recently. There's a reason this talk has been watched by over 100k people in just over two weeks:

(click here to watch the video if you're reading this via email)

After you watch the talk, I'd love to hear from you below. Tell me in the comments what you think has been holding you back from doing work you love.

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