Recently, I tried to find a friend I haven’t seen in more than a year or spoken to since October – only to discover he has brain cancer and is at hospice.

He is 53 years old, has only days left to live and has lost all his memory.

My friend was looking forward to retirement when he could travel to places he had wanted to visit for years. Unfortunately, that won’t be happening.

You never know when the end is near.

Now is the time to discover what you’re passionate about and what you want to do with the rest of your life so you can enjoy every minute of every day.

I am always amazed by the most common response when I ask the question, “What are you passionate about?”

The most frequent response is something like “I don’t think I have any passions,” or “I don’t know.”

If you are unsure what you are passionate about ask yourself this question, “If I had enough wealth that I didn’t have to work another day in my life, what would I do with my time?”

You could also ask, “When I wake up on a day off, what is it I most want to do with my day?”

It really doesn’t matter what your answers are.

Those things you would do are the things that “drive” you in your life.

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This can be things like, sports, race car driving, flying a plane, enjoying music, ballet or theatre. I’ve heard things like, “I would travel to every country and learn about the different cultures.”

I’ve also heard, “I would spend as much time as possible helping feed the hungry” or “Do everything I can to eradicate cancer to stop suffering.”

My passions are simple and easy for me to put into words.

1) Spend as much time with my family as possible and travel the world with them.

2) Share with, and mentor others to learn and practice the habits I did to retire early so they can experience their passions and dreams BEFORE they are unable to do them.

3) Make high-quality wines that I may enjoy and share with my family and friends.

There are others, but these three drive most of the decisions I make every day of my life.

If you take the time to focus on your dreams and passions daily, you can ultimately accomplish them before they fall away and you forget them.

As I have said before, thoughts are things! What we contemplate becomes reality. Staying focused on our dreams and passions bring them into reality over time.

If you’re in a job that is not aligned with your passions you will reap frustration and discouragement on a frequent basis and will decline.

If your job or business is aligned with your passions you will find happiness even in times of adversity, and you will grow.

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Randy Martinsen is a brand partner for Nerium International and a mentor of leadership principles for success. He can be reached at 707-206-6443 or randym@budgetworks.net.