Is it okay to follow the passion

Why “find your passion and calling” is bad advice.

We've all heard it before.

You should “follow your passion or calling” if you want to be happy and successful in life.


But what if you don't know what your passion is

What if you have multiple passions?

What if your calling doesn't seem attainable or if there's no money in it?


This can lead to a lot of frustration, dead ends, and envy (others seem to succeed).


Following one's passion is widespread advice.


And it is so often represented by clever and extraordinarily successful people that there has to be something to it.

Take, for example, Steve Jobs, CEO / founder of Apple and Pixar. Here's what Steve had to say about following your passion:


“I believe the only thing that kept me alive was that I loved what I was doing. You have to find what you love. And that applies to your work as well as to your relationship. Your job will fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you think is a great job. And the only way to do a great job is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Do not be satisfied. As with all matters of the heart, you will know when you found it. And like any good relationship, it just gets better over the years. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle down. "


“Don't settle” is formulated as forcefully as it gets. Steve believed that finding your own passion was the key to great work, and therefore the key to a truly happy life.

It's a big job.


Jim Carrey has an excellent point of view on seemingly conservative decisions:


So many choose their way out of fear disguised as practical.


“So many of us choose our path out of fear, disguised as practical. What we really want seems impossible, out of reach and ridiculous, so we never dare to ask the universe for it ...

My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn't think he could, so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he took a secure job as an accountant. When I was 12 he was fired from this secure job and our family had to do everything we could to survive.

I learned a lot of great lessons from my dad, not least of all that you can fail at what you want NCIHT, so you might as well take the chance to do what you love.

And then there is the question of the competitive advantage you gain by working on something that you are passionate about. In a world where you have to face competition in everything you do, your passion for what you do with inner motivation can. Pursuing love and enthusiasm can often be the X factor you need to be successful.


By the way, this is where you can find it Video with his speech.