In Living Now: Christine Hassler: 20-Something Life: Your Questions Answered

03/28/2008 02:45 am 02:45:22 | Updated May 25, 2011

Dear Christine,
"I am a 25-year-old dental hygienist. I have a great career with an excellent salary. I love what I do but I can't say that I'm 'passionate' about it. In fact, there is nothing that I do in life that I am passionate about. I don't have any activity or subject that excites me beyond a few weeks. Just because I have no passion, does that mean I have no purpose in life? How do I reach my inner passion?" -Purposeless, 25, Chicago

Dear Purposeless,

You are having trouble finding your "inner passion" because you are focusing on the buzzword: passion. This word gets a lot of airtime as the most popular career advice is "find your passion and you will be happy and successful." News flash: most people, whether in their 20s 30s or later in life, don't jump out of bed and run to work everyday. Sometimes, a job is just a job. True, some people really do love what they do for a living, but if you don't feel passionate about it that doesn't mean you have no purpose.

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