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If so, please stop doing that. Yes, completely, and forever. Among the worst out there, right next to the original food pyramid and playing hard to get after a date. Those who follow the fixed mindset are much more likely to give up when obstacles arise. This advice is ubiquitous in parts of our culture that value short-term emotional comfort above other mental states. Following your passion presupposes that you have one. It ignores the market. Armies of students studying pointless degrees like Gender Studies or Sociology are another good example of putting interests above market exigencies.
It will turn a passion into a job. Paul Archerfounder of Duel, a Customer Advocacy Marketing platform, learned it the hard way: Passionate for travel, he trotted the globe in a cab, wrote a book about it, got sponsors - and all that made it less enjoyable as a career path. I don't have to update my social media to ensure I have enough clicks and likes. I could go on.
But more interesting than dismantling the passion principle is to ponder the question what to replace it with. See what resonates with you. There are many good lessons big companies can learn from startups. Absolutely not. However, we found an opening in the market and decided to build a solution for it. And then I had to develop a passion for all the things associated with that market. And slowly, you develop passion for a field you have profound expertise in.
Your choices will need to be different if you want to live quietly in the woods vs if you want to jet-set around the world. Developing your passion sounds more fun than it is because learning and developing skills is inherently painful.
Falling off your bike hurts. But once the air gushes through your hair at 20 miles an hour…. Cal also points out that those raised on a passion diet switch direction often. As passions bump up against obstacles in the real world, those afflicted are more likely to give up and jump towards the next shiny object than if they were guided by rational considerations, the authors of the Stanford study say.
This is an urge we have to learn to combat. A profoundly deplorable archetype is the starving actor who borrows money from his parents, neglects his family financially, but refuses to get a job because he loves his art, even though on most nights, there are only 7 mildly bored people in the audience.
I have one guy like that in my extended family. Step 1 is obvious. You cannot run a machine that is in dire need of repair, so make sure you operate at peak performance. Step 2 is the bitchslap to the starving actor: If the alternative is borrowing from your parents beyond age 25 or having your family living on Weetabix bought in bulk, screw your passion. Even if it means digging ditches, get an income first. Once the basics have been taken care of, create a plan for your life that will maximise your feeling of purpose and wellbeing. Part of it will be to develop a rare and valuable skill through deliberate practice and to match demand and supply through constant iteration and trial and error.
Then go ahead and write that brilliant musical about animated breakfast cereals. And a freaking genius, at a scale the world sees about once every two or Looking for passion and fun generations. So find your own path.
It is true that some people hear a calling and indeed can follow their passion. They're in the minority, and they don't need to hear the "Follow your passion" advice, they're doing it anyway and never ask themselves the "What should I do with my life? Steve Jobs was one of those people. So my recommendation would be follow your contribution.
That sounds like a far more durable blueprint for career success and life happiness. I run a content marketing agency in London. I write about startup culture, the values that shape the workplace, and how history and politics impact business. Born Czech,…. Born Czech, raised Austrian, speaking six European languages, and living in the UK sinceI bring a pan-European perspective to the topic of entrepreneurship.
The tale of my first venture, a food delivery company, was made into a Harvard Business School case study about startup failure, and I do not intend to give them more material. InI was an advisor to an incubator in Albania, mentoring local entrepreneurs.
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