Help! I Can’t Find My Passion – Part 3

Help! I Can’t Find My Passion – Part 3

By Lloyd Reeb

Passion is the fuel that drives us, an essential ingredient to a second half of meaning and impact.

In this blog series, we’ve been exploring what to do when you can’t seem to find a compelling passion.

It’s a common problem. Some of us may have turned our ‘dreamer’ off decades ago, and need to find the freedom to dream again.  For others, our passion is hidden in plain view – we simply need those around us to help us see it. In my case I had been so focused on developing real estate that I arrived at the season of “halftime” with little exposure to the needs and opportunities out there.

There is one more common cause for not finding your passion … it’s when your deepest passion is actually around what you can bring to an issue or a cause rather than a specific cause itself.

I’m MORE passionate about what I BRING to a cause than to any specific cause.

Case Study: Gloria was the president of a financial institution and had loved turning several major departments around on her assent up, but found herself in the season of “halftime”. Over dinner, her friends and I listened as she lamented having no strong passion for a particular cause. I watched the joy and enthusiasm in her face when she talked about the departments she had turned around at the bank. By the time dessert arrived, it was clear that her real passion was taking underperforming organizations and turning them into best-of-class. Today her passion is bringing her ‘turn-around expertise’ to four or five organizations and causes she believes in … even though she is not overly passionate about any one of those causes. We call this a horizontal portfolio – bringing something special across multiple organizations or causes.

Action: Consider building a ‘horizontal portfolio’ of serving roles that allow you to bring what you are best at to multiple causes.

If you see yourself in this case study contact us to talk with one of our Certified Halftime Coaches for a FREE one hour session to leverage their expertise in helping you discover your passion.



Paul McGinnis
Paul McGinnis’ first half career was filled with a variety of roles in marketing, sales and operations, working for a Fortune 250 company, two non-profits and a family-run business.

As he climbed the corporate ladder, God began tugging at his heart - He had more for Paul than success, wealth and a corner office. This started an incredible journey filled with wild leaps of faith, incredible lessons in humility and a life-changing shift in perspective.

Paul was introduced to the Halftime Institute by an alumnus. He enrolled and began working with his coach. At first, this led him to becoming a certified Halftime Coach to help other marketplace leaders navigate this unique season of “halftime” successfully, but he knew God had more for him. A few months later, the opportunity arose to join the Halftime Institute team in a full-time role. This role, plus coaching, was the final piece of his Halftime puzzle.

He is currently serving as COO for the Halftime Institute, is a Master Certified Halftime Coach and one of the lead facilitators for the Fellows Program.

Paul and his wife Maryann have been married 27 years and have two grown kids, Drew and Jennica.

“It’s been amazing for me to see God use every single aspect of my first half journey to lead me to a second half of joy and impact.  I now see the “why” behind many things that have happened in my life, and I thank God that He loves me enough to give me just a small glimpse into His plan, purpose and process."

Check out Paul's article, My Halftime Journal Entry:  October 12, 2012

Check out Paul's Podcasts:
God Said Go So I Did - Eternal Leadership
When You Feel Restless in Your Career - Entrepreneur on Purpose