Stop searching for your passion | Terri Trespicio | TEDxKC

  • Published on Sep 14, 2015
  • 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

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  • imsun
    imsun 19 hours ago

    WOW, it's all about her.

  • charles schauer
    charles schauer 20 hours ago

    Find things in your job to enjoy

  • Daniel Ryslink
    Daniel Ryslink Day ago

    Number 1 life credo - don't let the woman in red boss you around. LULz

  • Vy vy Leo
    Vy vy Leo 2 days ago

    i think she is right, i'm actually not interested in language at the first time, but i want to communicate, so i keep reading, keep listening to the new language, and it turned out that i extremely love to learn a new language.

  • Sisistar
    Sisistar 2 days ago

    I think this video was made for me

  • Terri Godfrey
    Terri Godfrey 2 days ago

    I knew you Terry, when we were selling Silpada Designs. Memories!

  • Larz
    Larz 2 days ago

    Perfect timing!!

  • Bonnie Liu
    Bonnie Liu 3 days ago

    Thank you!

  • Adil Hamid
    Adil Hamid 3 days ago

    Now my passion is to not be passionate about my passion.. Seems recursive!!

  • Gianluca Castro
    Gianluca Castro 3 days ago

    Absolutely amazing, she answered a question I have always been thinking about.

  • Abhishek Patidar
    Abhishek Patidar 4 days ago

    Thank you..

  • Łukasz Grygiel
    Łukasz Grygiel 4 days ago

    On the other hand - watch Ella Luna talk about Crossroads of Should & Must. Different approach to the topic of passsion.

  • B A
    B A 4 days ago +2

    “Success fuels passion, more then passion fuels success”

  • Jamie Lange
    Jamie Lange 5 days ago

    I have mixed opinions about this vid.
    You can be passionate about many things. I've realized recently that there's a lot of things I want to do. I've had several passions for a long time, but I've stopped asking myself which one I love more.
    Trying new things is a great way to discover passions. Both in work and in your freetime.
    Success doesn't always create more passion and sometimes passion comes first. I started out passionate about learning to play bass, got good and then lost my passion.
    Passion can be lost.
    Sometimes it is because doing one thing only becomes boring.
    And sometimes you're just not getting anywhere with it.
    Earning money is a perfectly valid reason to get a job.
    Passion won't always lead to money, sadly. But sometimes they do. It's unlikely that you'll be an artist but a love for languages could lead to a translation job.
    Some people out there really do have one main passion. They do the same thing almost everyday.

  • OZham Azsi
    OZham Azsi 5 days ago

  • Robyn H
    Robyn H 5 days ago

    ok she didn't have to snap on us like that, but i mean someone had to do it.

    Loved this.

  • rmhanseniii
    rmhanseniii 5 days ago

    I get the feeling that she’s an actress, hired to make a speech..I get what she’s saying but I don’t trust her

  • Void 007
    Void 007 5 days ago

    Words I’m not keen on which are used too much nowadays..passion,embrace and empowerment..

  • PG M
    PG M 6 days ago

    Life's a like a fight, a boxing match up where in u wanna throw that right hand but u just can't wait to do that, u do have to keep jabbing till u get an opening. If u do it with out the right opening u will be caught with an counter left hook.
    Passion or opportunity is not the only thing or route to success, success is a by product of many things a combination of right choices decisions hard work smartness and a stamp of God which people call luck.
    Seen people call it their passion After they win and they truly love it also seen people who lost their life following their passion.
    Passions like going for the glory shot, seams well when u pull it off or u look like a tool.

  • Scott Platts
    Scott Platts 6 days ago

    so we all should give up ours dreams and just became bunch soulless robots.

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    Amazing TedTalk

  • Dewey B
    Dewey B 7 days ago

    Wow! I think I needed that. Well done.

  • Kepe Whiso
    Kepe Whiso 7 days ago

    omg ... I'm so glad I just came across this video because I have been lately so confused with my life and this message of hers has truly touched me🙏 ...

  • Snakewhisperer
    Snakewhisperer 7 days ago +10

    I've never been passionate about anything or anyone.
    If you are genuinely passionate about anything then be VERY grateful because it is a gift.

    • thelaziestguy
      thelaziestguy 22 hours ago

      Yeah same here

    • Renu Hazari
      Renu Hazari 3 days ago

      @David Deeley my passion changes from time to time video to video😭 im engineer but feels like im huge disappoint to evryone to me as well

    • David Deeley
      David Deeley 3 days ago

      Same here.

  • Odyssey Relics Tarot

    I needed this thank you

  • Joel Hall
    Joel Hall 7 days ago

    She didn't really know what to do with her life, had a few dead end office jobs, joined a MLM pyramid scheme, and doesn't really have any plan?
    Thing is I agree with the title to a degree, but it just sounds like she doesn't have a clue what she wants to do.

  • Socky OC
    Socky OC 8 days ago

    I like bacon and cheese burgers because they taste nice.

  • Mohammad Sonu Khan
    Mohammad Sonu Khan 8 days ago +1

    Thanks for everything you do for us

  • oldschoolwaverider
    oldschoolwaverider 8 days ago

    Developing an interest in a useful career springs to mind.

  • Tsha4life
    Tsha4life 9 days ago

    I’m in that stage of not knowing my passion and I’ve been waiting for a long time. Perhaps I’ll try to limit myself with the singular passion. Yet the job I’m doing now to get paid and live a life doesn’t satisfy me. I don’t hate it but it’s just not fulfilling. It’s not that simple to just do whatever and that’s my puzzle to solve.

  • Bonita Applebum
    Bonita Applebum 9 days ago

    I came across this while still searching for my passion 😔

  • Kimi Tursi
    Kimi Tursi 9 days ago

    I really needed to hear this. I just graduated high school, and I wish someone would have told me thiss during college applications and choosing a major!

  • Procrastinating Now?
    Procrastinating Now? 10 days ago

    “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
    - Stephen King

  • Boois Hoois
    Boois Hoois 11 days ago

    Who came here just because she looks hot in the thumbnail?

  • rob boudreaux
    rob boudreaux 12 days ago

    She’s right !

  • Cornelius Charles
    Cornelius Charles 12 days ago

    This lecture resonated with me on so many levels. I've been so hard on myself trying to figure what am I supposed to do. Letting opportunities go because I didn't think that was where I belonged or couldn't see myself doing. It really opened my eyes and gave me a sense of relief.

  • Ema Marača
    Ema Marača 12 days ago

    this is my new favourite video

  • TheGolden Hour
    TheGolden Hour 13 days ago

    I love her personality, she seems like a nice person. Great presentation....

  • medovaca
    medovaca 14 days ago

    bla bla bla....

  • buffbeezer
    buffbeezer 14 days ago

    I am pretty passionate about this Grilled Cheese my momz made me.

  • Qonita Chairunnisa
    Qonita Chairunnisa 15 days ago +5

    omg. I'm struggling with my depression and i found it. it helps a lot thank you.

  • Tamra Alexander
    Tamra Alexander 15 days ago

    Such a GREAT PERSONALITY....this was good

  • santosh karela
    santosh karela 16 days ago +2

    i have been in the same situation for a long time. the situation when you don't move or do anything if there is different paths ahead of you and you just want to acknowledge every path. in this situation your wording fits very well "you don't create your life 1st and then live it, you create it by living it" ❤️

  • Pia Santos
    Pia Santos 16 days ago

    This is strong

  • Ivan Kolyada
    Ivan Kolyada 17 days ago

    Makes sense

  • Florencio Almirol
    Florencio Almirol 17 days ago +2

    But passion needs to pay the bills. If it doesn't, make it a hobby

  • Kendyl Naber
    Kendyl Naber 17 days ago

    Wow this really helped me it’s so true we are too worried about how much money we will be making and not what we are passionate about. We are afraid to take the wrong turn because we are afraid to fail. Why not take risks!! You are on this earth for a reason.

  • Wannabe Bonsai
    Wannabe Bonsai 18 days ago

    But someone does need to clean that glass

  • RawkneeSalami
    RawkneeSalami 19 days ago

    Not a video for everyone as her stance was when someone asks you about your passion it triggers /upsets them??? That's not a way to be successful in following your passion. Or she didn't have one.

  • niveditha n
    niveditha n 19 days ago

    Really inspiring👏👏

  • PoSeiDoN VeNuH
    PoSeiDoN VeNuH 19 days ago +5

    You don't follow passion. Your passion follows you.
    Just what I needed to hear.

  • kkpsilence1
    kkpsilence1 19 days ago

    Bravo I love this. This passion thing has been bugging me for awhile. Now I feel more confident and don't feel so bad about not having a passion. "Don't wait, just start doing." Thanks Terri.

  • Ramesh Iyer
    Ramesh Iyer 19 days ago

    IMO Terri is confusing 'passion' with 'interest'. Most people do have a passion, which stays for life, but may have interests changing from time to time, perhaps with changing circumstances. Also, I have observed that people who discover their passion early in life, tend to nurture it and go on to make a successful career out of it. There are scores of professional artists, singers, athletes, painters, actors (starting as child actors), etc who have pursued a single passion throughout their life, and have done well for themselves. Perhaps, what Terri meant in her talk is for people to not wait to discover their passion n pursue whatever comes their way, to put food on their table n to pay their bills. This is a very debatable view, as it has both pros n cons. I've known people wait years, often jobless, to get that one opportunity to pursue their passion, which eventually paid off n enabled them to succeed in converting their passion into a successful profession. I've also come across people who've taken up some job just to earn their living, getting lost in it, forgetting their passion n regretting about it later in life. Very few lucky folks get to identify, nurture, n pursue their passion as their profession. So yes, I do believe that one must have some passion in life, to lead a fulfilling life.

  • TheFirBall
    TheFirBall 20 days ago

    Mike Rowe has a great talk about this same very topic. He says pretty much the same thing.

  • Mirza Shahbaz
    Mirza Shahbaz 21 day ago

    Yes you are absolutely right passion follows you.

  • chony93
    chony93 21 day ago

    Enjoy life, and eventually you will find your passion

  • Ceyhun Özsoylu
    Ceyhun Özsoylu 22 days ago

    I don't think people in the creative field would agree with her speech. She just claims she is not so much of a passionate person but that doesn't mean passionate people shouldn't look out and pursue their passions. Her speech just talks for herself and those who are alike but not everyone.

  • Team Ecologic
    Team Ecologic 23 days ago

    It’s ok to be middle to lower middle class making ends meet. You don’t have to cure cancer and wear bling bling to feel worth.

  • Anyta Ophilie
    Anyta Ophilie 24 days ago

    Glad I hearing this talk!

  • Sapphire
    Sapphire 24 days ago

    I love this Ted talk. 👏👏👏

  • Binkybombastic
    Binkybombastic 25 days ago

    Okay, so when passion is not that important and I need to find a new job - how do I know which jobs I should apply for?

  • Samuel Carter
    Samuel Carter 25 days ago

    Watch this and then watch Mike Rowe - Stop Following Your Passion

  • raisingAnarchy
    raisingAnarchy 25 days ago +19

    "You don't create your life first, and then live it. You create it by living it, not agonizing about it."
    Very well put, thank you Terri!

  • Sani Laomahei
    Sani Laomahei 26 days ago +2

    Never truer words spoken. I seriously thought something was wrong with me because I couldn’t and still can’t be “passionate” about work. I feel like she is the first person who’s read what’s in my heart 💓

  • Xelelwa Mtshizana
    Xelelwa Mtshizana 26 days ago

    what i needed to hear

  • Glenn Jones
    Glenn Jones 26 days ago

    Do you choose your passion or does your passion choose you?

    RASHMI SINGH 26 days ago

    Loved it. Cannot agree more 🤘👍 on point

    RaneemABDULAZEEZ 26 days ago

    This talk 😍 drives me super high on the passionate scale, you saved a lot of me by your words 💚💚, am pretty sure I will be listening every now and then to this talk 💃💃💃

  • Shawn
    Shawn 27 days ago

    Never felt pressure, school sucked, hardly went. My parents said well if your staying home cut the grass...I picked up diploma in the summer. Now I live at the beach, in California and work for myself. Always work for yourself. And forget college it's just training you to be part of the hive mind. You will be a drone. 31 years later still work for myself.

  • Shawn
    Shawn 27 days ago

    I like just walking around looking around...

  • Magdy Mohamed
    Magdy Mohamed 27 days ago

    Looks like Yasmine Abd Elaziz 😊

  • Tom Moore
    Tom Moore 27 days ago

    Yeah, we already got there...

  • Immrama Co.
    Immrama Co. 28 days ago +2

    20% Talent
    10% Passion
    70% Hustle

  • Sarah Safwat
    Sarah Safwat 28 days ago

    She is really good

  • N
    N 29 days ago

    Don't wait for passion. Start doing. Spend time solving immediate problems. Be useful. Be generous. Live life full of meaning & value.

  • Jess Jenkins
    Jess Jenkins 29 days ago

    This would have to be my favourite Ted Talk. Thank you so much ☺️

  • aishwarya aish
    aishwarya aish 29 days ago

    Comment section is itself a great TEDx here.

  • Taraji rom
    Taraji rom 29 days ago

    Absolutely agree with her! purpose is more important than passion! the passion always follows.

  • Vanessa Bolima
    Vanessa Bolima 29 days ago +3

    You have no idea how helpful this is in my current situation. Thankyou!

  • kongtcc pantip2019
    kongtcc pantip2019 29 days ago

    Fair enough, passion isn’t something to be found. It should be the result of successive attempt in solving problems or issues regarding jobs or whatever duties we do until we become expert or gain full attention to ourselves.

  • vanessa mercado
    vanessa mercado Month ago

    Wow.. This vid is what i really need now... That changes my view about passion... Thanks for the enlightenment... God bless...

  • missdoogledog
    missdoogledog Month ago +4

    "You don't follow your passion. Your passion follows you." So good! Thank you!

  • Png Ngô
    Png Ngô Month ago

    What about those who find out their passion?

  • mohamedsafwt attar
    mohamedsafwt attar Month ago

    Omg she is so sweet. I adore her☺️

  • Me
    Me Month ago

    Woooow......realmente muy interesante.....👏👏👏👏👏

  • anne laabs
    anne laabs Month ago

    love it

  • madhuri gautam
    madhuri gautam Month ago

    God m so thankful that i found u, i was worried abt passion for ages

  • Gabriella Tenuta
    Gabriella Tenuta Month ago

    “Your passion follows you.” So great!

  • Drumaier J
    Drumaier J Month ago

    Hey very nice concepts here. Different perspective about. 👌

  • Mega Waring
    Mega Waring Month ago

    i needed to hear this... 42 and i have no "passion" for anything specific but am passionate about a few things...i suppose i need to realize that how i make my living/pay bills, will not always be parallel to what it is i am passionate about...

  • arjun krish
    arjun krish Month ago

    give me a hug😊😊😊

  • amr Bahram
    amr Bahram Month ago

    what if your passion is useles

  • Jerjatastic
    Jerjatastic Month ago

    watch the improvement pill video about how to find your passion its much shorter and makes more sense for me

  • Adele OCallaghan
    Adele OCallaghan Month ago +10

    Anyone else get a Jennifer Aniston vibe from her?..
    Great talk, related! thanks a mill :)

  • Sonia Koudri
    Sonia Koudri Month ago

    Very inspiring talk, unfortunately you can't afford to have this kind of thoughts when you're French and you're living in this country... Following the exact same professional path from kindergarten to retirement, that's the requirement of French society... 😣

  • Vida de Cachorro
    Vida de Cachorro Month ago +1

    How can anyone not like this talk. I am amazed by it. I watch this every week.

  • Paolo Buongermini
    Paolo Buongermini Month ago +2

    this is reaaally what i was needing to hear, thank you very much

  • Lucas W
    Lucas W Month ago

    5:13 me after watching this video

  • ZiggyYB3
    ZiggyYB3 Month ago

    When I was graduate, all my friends had a passion, I was the only one to not have one so... When they were like "work in your passion!", I was like "I don't have one, what I'm suppose to do?"
    Now, I have a passion but it's not a job-friendly one and I don't care, I just want to work for money and live my passions, my life with this money.

  • Tony D
    Tony D Month ago

    Thanks for clearing that up!