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What is Your Intellectual Passion?

My intellectual passion is analyzing and problem-solving, especially when it involves helping others. For as long as I could remember, I enjoyed figuring things out, how they work, and how to fix them if they don’t work. I enjoy this in different areas, in both my work and at home.

Steps to Problem Solving

Problem Solving Flowchart

Problem Solving Flowchart

How Do You Solve a Problem?

When I think of analyzing and problem solving, I think of asking questions, researching, collecting information, processing information and applying different solutions until I find one that works. Sometimes solving problems is easier if you have a plan. Try listing possible solutions and then decide which solution is most feasible. Don’t give up if the first attempt to solve a problem fails.

How I Found My Passion For Problem-Solving

The problem-solving area that I love to work with the most is technology. How did I come to realize this? Well, it all started when I took my first Fortran programming class in college, many years ago. I discovered flow-charting at that time, and how to program a computer. I have been fascinated with computers even since. I remember when I bought my first computer, which was a Commodore-64. I still have it in its original box. It’s stored in the attic, and I keep it as a reminder of how I felt when I entered that phase of my life. I bought it while attending my second year of college (yes, many years ago) and I still remember all the wonderful things it could do. I was literally fascinated by the music, games and cool programs that were available. The one I remember the most is a basketball game which I think was called One on One, with Dr. J and Larry Bird playing basketball. I remember there were some really cool Olympic games software programs too, and I was totally amazed at the graphics. That was the beginning of the spark that got me interested in computers.

Well, computers have come a long way since then, but let’s just say that when I discovered what computers could do, I knew I was destined the make computers part of my life forever. I have also always loved helping people, so the combination of using computers and helping others was something that always gave me a great deal of satisfaction.


Where Does Passion Come From?

I think passion is something that comes from the soul. It's not something you can learn from a book. You have to experience passion. In my case, I discovered that if you are passionate about problem-solving, it’s easier to find solutions. So I believe if you have a passion in what you do, you can be very successful. How do you channel passion? Part of it is just believing in yourself, having confidence in what you do, and recognizing what truly makes you happy. It’s also recognizing what makes you feel better and not being afraid to pursue it. Do you love to travel? Do you love cooking? Do you love sports? Do you love art? Whatever is it, make it a big part of your life. Better yet, if you can incorporate what you love into your job, you will be even more successful!

What To Do If You Haven’t Yet Discovered Your Intellectual Passion

Write down a list of 10 things that make you happy. Then circle your favorite one. Is it something that is a big part of your life or just something you wish was a big part of your life? Whatever your passion is, and whatever industry, background, trade or skill that you choose, it’s probably something you have always loved doing. So be sure to do what you enjoy and if you can, make it a big part of your life. To me, the key to happiness is doing what you love.

© 2010 Amelia Griggs


Micheal from United Kingdom on April 13, 2013:

It certainly helps.

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on April 11, 2013:

Yes, molometer, Fortran language is something that not all readers may remember. That was the first computer language I learned and then I became fascinated with computers (especially the flowcharting aspect).

I'm glad you liked this hub...I'm learning more and more that passion for what you are doing definitely drives success!

Micheal from United Kingdom on April 10, 2013:

Wow I remember Fortran, that is going back quite a way.

Great ideas here to help structure ones thinking.

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on October 16, 2011:

So true, doinglifewithgod. With passion and faith, we can accomplishment anything!

doinglifewithgod on October 10, 2011:

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Passion is so much a key to a happy, productive, satisfying life.

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on May 06, 2011:

Thanks for your comment, celeBritys4africA. :-)

celeBritys4africA from Las Vegas, NV on May 06, 2011:

One vote up! Awesome.

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on September 03, 2010:

Hi Rebecca E.,

I'm glad you found it helpful! Happiness is definitely doing what you love. :-)!



Rebecca E. from Canada on September 03, 2010:

this is truly very helpful and a great way to learn about your passion.

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on July 28, 2010:

So true, elayne001. Imagine if we enjoyed cleaning as one of our passions. LOL. Thanks for sharing your comment. :-)



Elayne from Rocky Mountains on July 27, 2010:

I have too many passions so I have to prioritize them. Too bad cleaning the house is not one of them : )

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on July 24, 2010:

Hey Winsome,

Chocolate is definitely on my top 10 list!



Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on July 24, 2010:

Hey Sandyspider,

Yes, I'm all into lists...then once you have your list, remember to circle your favorite and make it a big part of your life!



Winsome from Southern California by way of Texas on July 23, 2010:

Thank you ELW for a passionate look at passion. You know you're in trouble when you write down your ten things and they all involve chocolate. =:)

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on July 17, 2010:

Better start making that list.

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on April 04, 2010:

Thanks for your comment, Neil. :-)

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on March 12, 2010:

Thanks, Pamela. I agree. I think we all have passion, and if you learn to harness it, you can be very successful. :-)

Neil Sperling from Port Dover Ontario Canada on March 12, 2010:

Yip - you got it!

Well done.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 12, 2010:

Interesting hub. Passion in life makes you much happier and fulfilled.

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