Monday Inspiration: Discovering Your Passions

by Carissa Tham November 23, 2015

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

I read this quote a few years ago, and it has stuck with me since. It relates to one's passions and suggests that the people that give the most to the world are those that do something they love. I think this to be true for a few reasons.

For starters, if you’re doing something you love, it’s evident that you really enjoy it and odds are that you will put far more care and attention into it than you would into something you only do because you “have” to. We are also more likely to give it the time it needs to really flourish.

Secondly, we often enjoy most the things that we’re good at. I find this to be true in myself, as I feel far more rewarded when I succeed at something than when I struggle. This goes hand in hand with the fact that we all have different skills and talents, and each of us can make a unique contribution to the world. The sooner we own what those talents are, the sooner we’ll be able to reach our full potential and share those skills with the world. If you find something you’re passionate about, chances are that you will also have a knack for it.

Personally, Benefair has become my “passion project.” It allows me to do something really meaningful to me and to apply my skills and talents in a way that I feel can help others. This holds true for our entire team. Benefair helps us “come alive”.

However, finding that passion and figuring out how to share it with others is more difficult than it sounds. I still can’t identify what exactly it is that makes me “tick”, but I never say no to an interesting opportunity and try to guide my decisions with my passions in mind as best as I can.

So, I’m wondering: what is it that you’re most passionate about? How do you incorporate your passions into your life? How did you unearth what it is that makes you “come alive”? Or are you still on the hunt for your passion? Share your stories and advice - we’d love to hear!

Yours truly,



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Carissa Tham
Carissa Tham


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