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How to find your passion – and why it’s important

Why is it important to find your passion? The short answer is that you cannot succeed in anything if you do not have a passion for it.

I have always had a fascination for people with a passion for what they are doing. That kind of people tends to have a high degree of knowledge in their field of work, combined with a natural eagerness to share their knowledge in such a way that they make almost anything seems interesting.

At this years London Cocktail Week, the Fairmont Hotel was serving exquisite cocktails.  On day two, I spotted a sign advertising masterclasses. I approached one of the bartenders to ask about the topic and the time for the masterclass.

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See London Cocktail Week 2017 in pictures


The bartender tells me that they do not have anything scheduled now, and then proceeds to ask me; “What do you want to learn about?” Somewhat surprised I tell him that I want to get better at understanding what garnish works with different gins and tonics.

After a brief introduction, we started getting down to the nitty-gritty. When I mentioned that I had more than 50 different types of gin at home, he perked up and starting to ask about my preferences. From that point, he was a veritable flow of information.

The bartender was none other than Grant Sceney. At the age of 29, he is one of four tastemakers at the Fairmont.  It was easy to see that he loves to talk about his work. Likewise, it was evident that he is working with the stuff he loves.

It turned out that his passion has taken him a long way. In 2014, Grant was ranked as one of the world’s top six bartenders in the 2014 World Class competition. In 2016, he was named Vancouver’s Bartender of the Year.

In the below video, Grant talks about how he is making cocktails. What he teaches us can be applied far outside the bar.


In the video, Grant mentions the recipe for a perfect cocktail:

The recipe for a perfect cocktail is always the same; craftsmanship, the best ingredients, the people – those making them and those drinking them.

In my mind, this is the recipe for any successful project or product. You have to know what you are doing. You have to choose the right ingredients. Also, you have to choose the right people for the job, and you have to know your customers.


What is a passion?

Merriam-Webster defines passion as having“a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept.”

I would say that having a passion for something means to go the extra mile in terms of interest and engagement. It means being willing to invest time and energy into whatever you are doing. Having a passion means working hard and acquiring knowledge and experience. It means being a resource in your field of expertise.

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3 reasons why it is important to find your passion

  1. You can never have success without passion.
  2. If you are passionate about your work, you are contributing in a way that makes you a valued asset for any good employer.
  3. If you have a passion for what you are doing, it makes life so much fun. Nothing is more tiresome than having to do something that is totally uninteresting.


Passion can take you far. (Picture: Unsplash)


How to find your passion

To find your passion, think about what you like to do. What subject can you read about for hours? Name something that you are you really good at, and love doing. What task gets you jumping out of bed in the morning?

If you cannot work with what you are passionate about, try finding passion in what you are working with. If you cannot find passion in your work, quit your job or start a side project to work with what you are passionate about. With some patience and creativity, maybe you can make a living of it or a nice side-income.

Disclaimer: This blog post was written while enjoying a Perfect Martinez, using the same recipe as Grant Sceney during London Cocktail Week.

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