Stop searching for your passion | Terri Trespicio | TEDxKC

Stop searching for your passion | Terri Trespicio | TEDxKC

What are you passionate about? You’re told these five words hold the key to a successful career and life purpose. What if it’s the wrong question altogether? This talk turns the ubiquitous “find your passion” message on its ear.

Terri Trespicio is a branding strategist who helps visionaries, experts, entrepreneurs, and businesses communicate with power and precision across media platforms. She consults with a wide range of experts, everyone from surgeons and social media celebs to startups and brand managers.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


  1. no no!! You need to think the opposite!! it’s always opposite day!! without a clause to eternally reverse the opposite mechanism.

  2. People like Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett and the likes of them have brain washed us into telling us to be truly happy we have to find our passion. And let’s be honest Steve Jobs didn’t have a clue what he wanted to do – Steve Wozniak and Apple fell into his lap and the same with Warren Buffett where Benjamin Graham fell into his lap and directed them. Passions are always easy to find when you are in a business that makes millions like their jobs. 1% of the population have an inborn passion for something. The rest of us – the 99% don’t have a passion, we have interests that come and go but that’s not the same as a passion. Martin Luther King wasn’t even getting paid for the work he did but that was clearly his passion, Beethoven was playing the piano at 5. That’s clearly an innate thing.

  3. This TED Talk is definitely going in my archives.. Thank you so much for this awesome and amazing TED Talk!

    Loved this 2 lines to the most!

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  6. Follow your passion, don’t follow your passion. Those are not questions those are options, so choose one and do it. If that fail then try something else, if you have the will you”ll find the way.

  7. Do what you love is something the rich and famous often say, which I sad because for so long I wanted to be rich and famous.

    I guess the jokes on me.

  8. Find the best paying job – save as much money as possible – retire – then do what you want and need to do with your life.

  9. 9:57 Look for problems that need solving. Be useful–people will thank you and hug you, and pay you for it. That’s where passion lives–where your energy and effort meets someone else’s needs. That’s when you realize: *passion is realizing what you have to contribute*. So don’t wait. Just start doing.*

  10. If you give up before ever trying you’ll never be what you never knew you could become. I’ll never do a Ted Talk, one day you’ll just see my name somewhere and remember "huh… didn’t that guy make fun of that girl who mocked passion" – yep that’s right, that was me. Kevin Scott. Hold on to your passion, you don’t get much in this world after all.

  11. Does anyone have such Ted talk types book to read ? This really made me change my perspectives yk I totally loved this Ted talk

  12. Just mind blowing. It made calm to my winking unresolved thought "what I think is that my passion n how to follow my passion". Loved it.

  13. Its so relevant with my condition. I always worrying about my self, Why I couldnt be like my friends, they have story about their passion, but I didnt have,
    Actually I love to help people, no matter its my passion or not. Thanks for giving a value insight in my life. Respect!

  14. I got tired of waiting and looking for something to motivate me so I randomly choose and started studying paralegal out of nowhere like literally nowhere. At least im doing something who knows maybe I’ll enjoy it but pray for me

  15. Great info! However, would be much better to have the info presented by a young, attractive woman! Unfortunately, old, unattractive women like Terri Trespicio will often have a role in information, but it is better for that role to be far, far off screen.

  16. Passion isn’t a plan, place, person or object. It’s not something you are born with. It’s not "in you".

    Passion is an intense emotion developed over time, influenced by your past experience and environment. That’s why you got to stop putting that pressure on yourself to find and chase your passions. Feelings change, it’s not guaranteed to last.

    Discover your purpose instead and chase that. Purpose gives you a direction to stay aligned on regardless of what you choose to say, think and do next.

  17. Just this morning I felt so unmotivated and lost in my life wondering if what i’m doing right now is really the end all be all and I really needed to hear this

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  19. "Success fuels passion…" No wonder I have zero passion. I’m 35 and everything I’ve done has been a failure. I haven’t done a successful thing in my life

  20. My passion is having conversations with people and losing track of time laughing and talking. I did this as a house painter for years. Both the work and the socializing were therapy.

  21. I am lucky. I’ve known my passion for most of my life. Nearly every job I’ve ever had filled at least 70% of my work/passion ven diagram with my passion. Love my work.

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