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On Passion and Its Discontents

http://calnewport.com/blog/2018/06/30/on-passion-and-its-discontents/

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On Passion and Its Discontents
June 30th, 2018 · 50 comments An Earlier Book New readers of this blog might not know that back in 2012 I published a book about career satisfaction. It was titled So Good They Can't Ignore You .

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“Follow your passion” might be bad advice

  • “Follow your passion” is frustratingly meaningless if, like many people, you don’t have a passion to follow.

  • We don’t have much evidence that matching your job to a pre-existing interest makes you more likely to find that work satisfying.

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