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January 16 2013

Young Identities

Category:  Ask Deepak


Hello Deepak! I've read several of your books and follow you on twitter, so I thought I'd come to ask you a question. I'm young, 19 about to be 20. My peers all seem to have a well established "identity". They like art and only art, they like music and only music, so on and so on. I don't feel like I think I should feel. My current live in partner has a passion for music. I've tried my hand at almost everything and I have really enjoyed it, but I never felt like I belonged to any one of these groups. Most of my friends developed their passions in high school and they come from a better financial background then I do. I didn't get the theatre, writing, or even general education that they did. I'm also not a very social person so I didn't get to interact with any social groups that would help me define myself. I know I have talents, lots of them actually. But I have no 100% passion for anything. It's getting to be awkward when people ask me about my life because they all have a perfectly defined answer as to what they want to do. I know this is just a stage in development, but is there any way I can find that "passion"?


You seem to have fallen in with a group of peers with strong artistic sensibilities and personalities. When we think about people who have passion for life, it is usually the artists who come to mind first. They are driven to create and they love certain styles, colors, textures, music, etc. That intensity of energy is exciting and stimulating, but if you are among the other 90 percent plus of the population who isn’t a strong creative type without an obvious passion, then it is easy to assume that you are missing some key ingredient for your life happiness. That isn’t the case. You, like most people, will need to recognize your passion and life purpose in more subtle and less dramatic signs. You already recognize that you have lots of talents. Those talents are the activities that come natural to you, that make you feel good and help others. That is the quiet version of passion. That sense of satisfaction in exercising your talent is the seed of passion, and that feeling tells you when you are following the right direction in your life purpose. Listen and follow that feeling and you will find your way.


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  • Deepak always finds the exact feeling and can identify the cause.

    Thomas Hayes // 2013-01-16 22:07:54 // //
  • LeiLei some of us take longer than others to find our Soul Purpose. Mine did not become clear until my 40's and even now it can be confusing. Follow your heart the rest will come. A good book for some insight Lightworkers Source.

    Diona Witcher // 2013-01-16 22:54:51 // //



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  • Love u : DC. 180113.

    Syahlim Lim Sen Pau // 2013-01-18 04:13:29 // //
  • Thank You so much for this message.

    Carol Craig // 2013-01-18 00:20:23 // //
  • Deepak

    Sarah Gartner // 2013-01-17 20:49:00 // //
  • Thats very insightful. Thank you for sharing your wisdom

    Sarah Gartner // 2013-01-17 20:48:51 // //
  • Just listen to ur heart it may be on ur left but it's always right...

    Vishal Khillare // 2013-01-17 18:46:56 // //
  • BE- Do -Have are intimately connected. THis is a practical way of actually figuring out what you would like to be. Hope this helps!

    Expansion Strategies For Business & Practice Owners by Effective Management // 2013-01-17 17:02:10 // //
  • People always as you what you would like to be in life. This is a very difficult question. The real question that can be answered is what you would like to have in life. You can easily look around and decide that which you would like to have ex: I would like to have the respect of others around me, I would like a life that was creative, I would like to make enough money to support a certain life style, I would like to help children etc. Once you have listed out that which you would like to have ( in real detail). Then you can figure out what you would need to do, to have the above. And then magically you have figured out what you would like to be.

    Expansion Strategies For Business & Practice Owners by Effective Management // 2013-01-17 17:01:27 // //
  • Sad

    Vincent Davis // 2013-01-17 13:47:05 // //
  • Sometimes passion speaks in very subtle ways. It is good to listen with the heart. <3

    Dreamscape: The Art of Positive Living // 2013-01-17 13:33:20 // //
  • Very Good!

    Carolina Ferreyra // 2013-01-17 11:29:17 // //
  • I don't consider myself to be a ''talented'' person, but have always had a passion for living, and have discovered that I can do anything that I put my mind to. As a child I wanted to be outside playing, and was very passionate about that. I hated being couped up, so really disliked being in a classroom. I couldn't wait to be grown up, to live my own life, to make my own decisions - I know that I was very passionate about that. At 19, the world is your oyster just waiting to be discovered by you. By taking action, going out, doing things, going places, and socializing, your passion will reveal itself. You definitely don't have to answer any silly question about what you want to do with your life. Don't let other people burst your bubble with their paradigms

    Jane Skreslet // 2013-01-17 10:53:54 // //
  • The root of passion is pasiens, which means to suffer quietly -- a virtue if embraced as such.

    Doug Kruse // 2013-01-17 10:53:14 // //
  • Well said Mr. Chopra

    Daneen Minerva Dierkes // 2013-01-17 10:52:57 // //
  • Motivation can be a friend to passion. Set you sail and find a cause that needs you, then you will have found passion.

    Lisa Medici // 2013-01-17 10:20:38 // //
  • ~ O:) ~

    Lori Nadler-Armstrong // 2013-01-17 10:20:06 // //
  • Well spoken. I recall a line from a movie..."Understand what you love because it will drive you for the rest of your life."

    Robert Vankeirsbilck // 2013-01-17 10:19:16 // //
  • I find a lot of the artistic types with loads of "passion" aren't really truly passionate. They act that way because they are told they must have a deep "passion" to be successful. No advice given on how to find one or cultivate it, so people fake it.

    Daniel Martin Noval // 2013-01-17 10:02:20 // //
  • Do what you love, and happiness will follow.

    Mariana Oldenburg // 2013-01-17 09:42:42 // //
  • Thank you

    Kim Berley // 2013-01-17 08:45:32 // //
  • I'm an artist and am lost like this guy... no one needs illustrators anymore...all of my recognized "talants" are pretty useless in the real world... so whats someone like me to do??? I'm almost 30 and can't figure it out :(

    Candice Faust // 2013-01-17 08:44:58 // //
  • Do something for others for a year. Travel with a mission group or volunteer america. Even if you don't find it, you just might find yourself. Good luck, kid. And, may the force be with you!

    Kathy Stevens Moore // 2013-01-17 08:03:55 // //
  • The answer is for all if us to take on.

    Kasim Hosany // 2013-01-17 07:49:39 // //
  • thank-you....

    June Brenner // 2013-01-17 07:44:22 // //
  • This is so true.. I love the "quiet version of passion". I felt like this was specificially directed toward me and my life (but now realize many others have the same feelings). Thank you so much for posting this!

    Karen Schulbaum Dakis // 2013-01-17 07:36:59 // //
  • It's all about expression. Would love to make art for a living, but can't leave my job to give it the full dedication it requires. Job pays critical expenses... I think my problem is common...

    Luis Mel Crosby R // 2013-01-17 06:40:14 // //
  • Thank you! Sometimes I feel like those artists "get" something, I don't. Not the case!

    Kristen Wight // 2013-01-17 06:27:45 // //
  • We are only here for today. Tomorrow is a different day. Enjoy today and you will enjoy tomorrow

    Charlie Downes // 2013-01-17 05:20:27 // //
  • So comforting.

    Michele Wylder // 2013-01-17 04:42:52 // //
  • Amazing summation.......

    Juan Roman Osei // 2013-01-17 03:58:41 // //
  • be DIVENE person always with healthy boundaries :)) Loved your video from yesterday placed it on my page !!!

    Sandra Weber // 2013-01-17 03:28:01 // //
  • Follow your bliss.

    Denise Hasher // 2013-01-17 03:00:24 // //
  • That's more people to know!!!!!

    Nini's Driftwood Art // 2013-01-17 02:54:57 // //
  • Love the question and love the answer

    Birgit Sandøe Hildebrandt // 2013-01-17 02:27:47 // //
  • La respuesta es muy buena, pero ponerla en la practica es lo complicado, por que hay tanta gente o habemos en busqueda de esa pasion???????

    Manuel Martinez Inguanzo // 2013-01-17 02:20:50 // //
  • This really resonates with me.

    Ameshnee Moodley // 2013-01-17 01:53:38 // //
  • Well said

    Ranjan Dey // 2013-01-17 01:45:14 // //
  • Love your answer.

    Sandra Weimar // 2013-01-17 01:35:04 // //
  • The quiet version of passion. Beautiful . Thank

    Gerard Arlandes // 2013-01-17 01:18:12 // //
  • Exclellent!

    Rhonda Bradley // 2013-01-17 01:10:54 // //
  • Nunca es tarde para encontrar y ejercer tu pasion.

    Cesar Augusto Perez Fernandez // 2013-01-17 00:48:55 // //
  • true

    Iz Gee // 2013-01-17 00:35:11 // //
  • Love it!

    Ravi Chand // 2013-01-17 00:35:04 // //
  • Thanks sir A very good advise

    Thakur Shubra Sinha // 2013-01-17 00:32:26 // //
  • eee more like artists have the courage to do what is neccesary to express themselves... I dunno, deppak seems a little dense there,,,]

    Diego Rooks // 2013-01-17 00:30:30 // //
  • I would suggest reading the Bible to find your true passion.

    Patricia Richter Myers // 2013-01-17 00:12:29 // //
  • You always have a great sense of explanation and broad spectrum point of view.

    Jessica Delgadillo Rodriguez // 2013-01-17 00:10:17 // //
  • I am one of the lucky ones ~

    Francine Adrianne // 2013-01-17 00:09:57 // //
  • Everyone should read this, so they don't think they are purposeless. As always, Dr. Deepak - spot on!

    Babatunde Kolawole // 2013-01-16 23:53:18 // //
  • Thank you for this meaningful advice!

    Ana Tom Sally Sterr // 2013-01-16 23:50:48 // //

    Maryelin Carrasco // 2013-01-16 23:48:30 // //
  • find someone who does something that inspires you and volunteer to work for them, or ask them about their life-I was feeling really dull and passionless and then I found my friend Nicci Cagan-in fact she used to work with you Deepak. I met her when i was looking for a home in the Hudson Valley and she and i got to talking and she was speaking about good local food for everyone and the school food summit that I am now involved in. From my experience-if you have the time to wander-enjoy timeless time- and explore what if is/was that you love-if you enter the field of that possibility, creativity, and receptivity, you will meet the right guides that will reflect back to you your true passion. Until then-take care of yourself, eat well, move your body, be out in nature, and connect with your community.

    Laura Hersh // 2013-01-16 23:47:17 // //
  • Passion can be found in every moment hidden in the subtleties of life. The way to find it is to go within. Namasté

    Patrick Brinksma // 2013-01-16 23:46:47 // //
  • Only last 7 lines make sense

    Nikhil Ayare // 2013-01-16 23:36:01 // //
  • It took me 20 years to realize this on my own. Beautiful response Deepak!

    Jacqueline Rimmer // 2013-01-16 23:34:46 // //
  • Thank you! I really needed to read this today.

    Melissa M Bar // 2013-01-16 23:31:49 // //
  • Love this question. Its assumed that talented people are some kind of artist. But talent can be a nurse in a retirement home that has a passion for her work and makes the last days for someone feel genuine love and empathy. If you don't know what your passion is start with what you think you might be interested in.

    James Harlan // 2013-01-16 23:31:25 // //
  • Very,,,,,,very good!!!

    Rebecca Barkey // 2013-01-16 23:30:19 // //
  • @ Gabriela Novelo read this.. love you sis

    Alejandra Novelo // 2013-01-16 23:30:10 // //
  • This rings so true to me! Taka! :)

    Nina Maria Joost // 2013-01-16 23:28:39 // //
  • You, Deepak, are one of the greatest Creator for me and my Bulgarian students - THANK YOU!!!

    Julia Mutafova-Zaberksa // 2013-01-16 23:20:24 // //
  • Seek & seek. Then search & research . You'll noticed the fuel in your life & the peace too!

    Da Dudez // 2013-01-16 23:19:47 // //
  • Do what you love and the money will follow

    Ted Friedli // 2013-01-16 23:15:50 // //
  • I love you, Deepak. That's the answer that I was looking for during a long time. Thank you.

    Laura Suero // 2013-01-16 23:15:42 // //
  • Excelent and real! Your words are very true.

    Adriana S. Ventura Q. // 2013-01-16 23:15:27 // //
  • Amen this is so true.

    Susan Christian // 2013-01-16 23:15:10 // //
  • Good Advice !

    Joanne Dye // 2013-01-16 23:12:29 // //
  • You are awesome Deepak, I love you just as you are in whatever stage you are in. :-)

    Janelle Maplesden-McClymont // 2013-01-16 23:07:51 // //
  • Love the advice!! It goes for me too!!!

    Patricia Davis // 2013-01-16 23:07:28 // //
  • Such a good answer to the question!

    Franciska Davis // 2013-01-16 23:06:18 // //
  • My advice for this person is that something that if you are looking for inspiration, you can't find it, it finds you. You can always find motivation, but inspiration is to be inspired by something or someone. Nobody can tell you what your passion is, you just know. Just do what you do, don't take life too serious, and enjoy the present.

    Mark Troy // 2013-01-16 23:01:51 // //
  • Amazing how words like yours may help so many people at the same time. I turn 41 last month. I only realized that what I was working in for the past 15 years was something more "certain" and something that I knew we'll. but I was taking the path that both of my parent took.... Doing a work because it is so and to please my parents. Luckly, i choose to closed my company after 4 years. Something deep inside told me that I had to visit other path in this life and had to let go this old path of certainty.... Few Months after saying good bye to my company... I choose this summer to work in what my heart said... To share with you how I found it .... It was sooo simple but I was searching so far away. But at the end, I ask my little Kim ... "What do I like the most ! " ... " What is coming to me in such a simple way and that it makes me feel good inside... ". Then I eard my dad (whom past away few years ago) said to my heart... "Do what your heart say. Just listen in silence and let it speak to you. Don't rationalize it. Just do what you love and success will come same way. Be who you really are not what you wanted to be to pleased me". Namaste

    Kim Dansereau // 2013-01-16 22:54:57 // //
  • LeiLei some of us take longer than others to find our Soul Purpose. Mine did not become clear until my 40's and even now it can be confusing. Follow your heart the rest will come. A good book for some insight Lightworkers Source.

    Diona Witcher // 2013-01-16 22:54:51 // //
  • Pray and ask for guidance and you will receive it.

    Vinasha Premchand // 2013-01-16 22:50:00 // //
  • <3 you Deepak!

    Justin Hershkowitz // 2013-01-16 22:49:51 // //
  • So focused so loving so helpful....

    Monique Golis // 2013-01-16 22:49:19 // //
  • Awesome quote here. I need that. Thanks DP.

    Dwayne Sealy // 2013-01-16 22:42:35 // //
  • Perfect advise. I needed to hear that also. Thank you Deepak.

    Robin Hendricks // 2013-01-16 22:41:11 // //
  • Quiet passion...remarkable advice...i wish someone had said that to me a long time ago! It took me almost a lifetime to find my passion,but what an adventure!!

    Risa Neirman-Beach // 2013-01-16 22:40:09 // //
  • Great response to a humble and heartfelt question... I'm 35 still trying to find that balance....I hope your words will inspire that young man early in his life; thinking he has a rewarding future!

    Eric Kinnell // 2013-01-16 22:39:03 // //
  • I've struggled with purpose my whole life. I was never allowed to explore who I was or what I thought I might enjoy (music and writing and art). I was always told to be more 'practical' to pay the bills. So my 20s were spent figuring it out. My advice is not to listen to anyone else but listen to your heart as Deepak says and know you have a purpose in this world and it will keep evolving as you evolve but it will come out of a deep love for something you already do or want to do. Follow that. And don't let anyone stop you.

    Beth Orchard // 2013-01-16 22:36:00 // //
  • Modupe ! Ase' Really needed that. Peace and Blessings..

    Crystal Royal // 2013-01-16 22:35:26 // //
  • thats normal at that age

    Hilda Caba // 2013-01-16 22:35:18 // //
  • "The quiet passion" I love that! Thanks!

    Bobby Angilletta // 2013-01-16 22:34:45 // //
  • Hi!!..loving this!! Thanx a lot. :-*

    Rosemary Holanda Cavalcanti // 2013-01-16 22:33:35 // //
  • ? But what if your a creative person for many years and get those feelings and also find similar feelings when helping others and ppl tell you that u were born to help ppl. Which direction?

    Gigi Tomei // 2013-01-16 22:32:48 // //
  • Brilliant . Really upset the tickets to see you in San Fran is sold out :(

    Shila Naidu Akin-deko // 2013-01-16 22:29:44 // //
  • Thanks

    Herbert Buetow // 2013-01-16 22:28:53 // //
  • I like what you said about him.... It says a lot about you that you care too..about the giving....the gifts... the time ..... It sounds like you are giving yourself the time it takes to décidé.....i send blessings too....

    Colleen Denise Cooney // 2013-01-16 22:26:08 // //
  • <3

    Tamara Duquette // 2013-01-16 22:25:25 // //
  • Deepak is brilliant...

    Christa Jahn // 2013-01-16 22:22:10 // //
  • Artistic passion I think is the only way. Weather it is painting or mathmetical or astrical art is the only way out of this mess?

    Michael Ferguson // 2013-01-16 22:18:44 // //
  • Deepak, you are such a wise and Loving human being!! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful advise!! Love you!!!!

    Mayte Calderon // 2013-01-16 22:18:08 // //
  • That was me from 17-21!

    Silva Ian // 2013-01-16 22:18:02 // //
  • So true Deepak :)

    Marc Arseno // 2013-01-16 22:16:18 // //
  • me too i´m artist ♥, everyone can be an artist who is in their own hearts.

    María Torres // 2013-01-16 22:16:06 // //
  • I love you

    Tania Mejia // 2013-01-16 22:14:57 // //
  • Perfect just the fact that you care shows a passion to find yourself!

    Carol Lynn Macfadyen King // 2013-01-16 22:14:31 // //

    Ireny van Thiel // 2013-01-16 22:13:39 // //
  • Just what the guy needs to know.

    John Lawrence // 2013-01-16 22:13:05 // //
  • Keep looking kiddo. You'll find it. And when you do, don't let anyone or anything stop you.

    Kristy Stone // 2013-01-16 22:12:55 // //
  • What is your 35 and just finding your passion but you don't have the funds? Help???

    LeiLei Marie Houle // 2013-01-16 22:11:18 // //
  • You’re just a kid, you ought to be out in a convertible, bird dogging chicks and banging beaver.

    Wang Mchugeschlong // 2013-01-16 22:10:35 // //
  • Well said; excellent advice!

    Heather Keeping // 2013-01-16 22:10:24 // //
  • Love u Deepak

    Nicola DGraca Rapose // 2013-01-16 22:10:07 // //
  • Loving this!

    Mary Parriman // 2013-01-16 22:09:50 // //
  • Tell him sometimes it takes a lifetime to find a passion only to realize that you knew it all along ... stop thinking an do it...try it...!

    Christine Gervais // 2013-01-16 22:09:43 // //
  • love you/love me!!

    Fotini Moschonas // 2013-01-16 22:09:41 // //
  • Deepak always finds the exact feeling and can identify the cause.

    Thomas Hayes // 2013-01-16 22:07:54 // //
  • I'm happy to be an artist... and that young man will do just fine. :)

    Sharon Lippert // 2013-01-16 22:07:40 // //