February 2024

Are you a jackhammer or a hummingbird?

What happens when you can't find your passion.

It feels good to love what you do. 

If you love what you do, you won't always wake up with a smile (no one does every day), but you will look forward to starting your day. 


When the work you’re doing has you completely engaged and immersed and the level of creativity you experience fuels your mind and spirit then I believe you’ve found your passion.


Your energy becomes magnetic when you love what you do. You attract like-minded individuals who share your passion for hard work and an excellent work-life balance. Maybe it's what you’ve dreamed of achieving or maybe it's a surprise to you that you find it so compelling. Either way, you’re excited to start. 


But what happens when you just can’t find that passion?


As Elizabeth Gilbert so eloquently expressed it, there are two types of people...


She says, “The world is divided into two kinds of people: there are the jackhammers and there are the hummingbirds.

Jackhammers are people like me. You know, you put a passion in our hands and we’re just like bam, bam, bam, bam and we don’t look up and we don’t veer and we’re just like focused on that ‘til the end of time.

Hummingbirds spend their lives doing it very differently. They move from tree to tree from flower to flower – trying this, trying that –and two things happen. They create incredibly rich, complex lives for themselves, and they also end up cross-pollinating the world. Because you bring an idea from here to over there where you learn something else and you weave it in and then you take it here to the next thing you do. So that your perspective ends up keeping the entire culture aerated and mixed up and open to the new and fresh.

If you do that, if you're willing to just release yourself from the pressure and the anxiety surrounded by passion and you just humbly and faithfully continue to follow the trail of the hummingbird path one of these days you just might look up and realize "oh my word" I am exactly where I am meant to be.

In other words, if you can let go of passion and follow your curiosity, your curiosity just might lead you to your passion.”


So, rather than the word 'passion' we should replace it with 'curiosity'.

If you’re already doing what you love or still humming around trying to figure it out, studies have found that when you are curious and engage in activities, like doing things you love or something that will lead you there, you experience less stress and have a lower resting heart rate. It helps instill some calm throughout your body. Not to mention it injects more positive thoughts into your mind and helps to banish negative ones.


So, what are YOU – a jackhammer or hummingbird? I’d love to know.


written by:



Founder + Creative Director

Melissa is the Founder and Creative Director of Graphika. With over 24 years experience, she has worked on Award-winning projects locally, nationally and internationally. Melissa loves her family, coffee with friends, keeping fit and healthy and dreams of renovating her home!

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