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The Passion Test

Lesson 3 from: The Photographer's Guide to Resiliency

Alex Strohl

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3. The Passion Test

It's important to know what you are truly passionate about. With this simple test, you can be sure what you are pursuing is worth it to you.
Next Lesson: Passion Test Pt 2

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The Passion Test

(ethereal music) Welcome to the Passion Test. So this test has been very much influenced by the work of Janet Atwood and Chris Atwood, who have a book called "The Passion Test". I've just simplified it and adapted it to what we would need as photographers. So, the goal of this test is to come up with our passions. We all think we know what we are passionate about, but is it true? Is it because we've always thought that? So this is a good time to do this test. I've done it a few times already. By taking this test, I've been able to myself build a long-term plan, of what I wanna be doing and how I plan to get there. So I'm very much convinced that this test will do the same for you. So let's begin. Just grab a piece of paper. A notebook is fine, anything like this, and a pen and we go for it. So, The Passion Test goes as follows: You're gonna write 15 answers to it. And those 15 answers are spawned by this question. Which is as follows: When my life is ideal, I am... Fill in the blank.

So I'll say it again. When my life is ideal, I am a baker. I don't know, you just fill in the blanks, right? So just know that this is your first list. Don't try to make it perfect. Just go. And stream of conscience. Don't get into the how yet, just the what is what matters. Some prompters include, where you are geographically. What are you doing? Who are you with? Where are you? And how do you feel? So just try to picture these things, in a perfect life, in a few years, 10 years. Where are you? What are you doing? Who you're with? How are you spending that time and how are you feeling? And then start writing these things. So when my life is ideal, I am, you know, running a nonprofit. I am flying a plane. Whatever your thing is. I'm not gonna give you my answers, 'cause it won't help you, but it's more like... Be specific. And don't worry about how you get there. And remember, this is a good thing to do every year. I think they recommend doing it every six months. I think it's a little too much. So just something you do once a year. Where you just rebalance. You go for brunch or whatever, and then you bring your notepad, and just rebalance with your dreams. Like every December 30, I don't know. But let's do that now and then we'll get into step two.

Ratings and Reviews

Anabella Borges

Perfect Timing They say things come at the right time and this workshop definitely did. Being a photographer is the greatest gift I could thank for, showing though my eye how I see existence is a blessing; but being successful from it is very tough! It has been a ride for me, and this workshop clarified so many things. The tools that are being shared are worth it all. Listening to these interviews made me feel not alone, hearing them speak about reinventing ourselves and trusting our creativity was inspirational. Specially the similarity of all about not giving up and staying authentic. Thank you Alex, you created a master piece of knowledge. Anabella.


What a wonderful resource! I really wanted to give Alex a HUGE thank you! This has been such a great resource as an aspiring Photographer. I feel way more confident and knowledgable about reaching out to clients. I still have some of my own homework to do but I feel like I am well equipped to tackle these challenges and to keep moving forward. Such a generous and honest resource. Can't thank you enough! And thanks to all who interviewed and shared their experiences.

Niklaus Morin

Timely Generosity Many thanks to Alex and friends who made this workshop happen! Very helpful, timely insights and reminders that building respectful relationships, trust, and community are values upon which to build personal, professional and cultural fulfillment and success. The conversational details within the interviews are fantastic. And the common threads throughout make me hopeful. Thanks again to all!

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