Don't follow your passion

Don't follow your passion
The main flaw of  “finding your passion” presupposes that interests and passions are fixed, rather than fluid and evolving as we age and gain wisdom and experience. 

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  • It ignores the market. Unless you have a trust fund waiting for you, you’ll have to feed yourself and others. 
  • It will turn a passion into a job. 
  1. Identify real needs in the market that are currently not being well met. 
  2. Assess your strengths: Whatever is easy for you that most others have a harder time with, that’s a worthy option.
  3. Match up these two in a constantly iterative process: This process takes many years if not decades.

Developing rare and valuable skills will lead you to far greater career satisfaction because they make you financially stable and give you lots of control over your time. And slowly, you develop passion for a field you have profound expertise in.

An adapted Maslow Hierarchy of Needs. 

  1. Follow your passion (if you must). 
  2. If the alternative is borrowing from your parents beyond age 25, forget your passion. Get an income first.
  3. Fix the lifestyle, then work backward. Create a plan for your life that will maximize your feeling of purpose and wellbeing. 
  4. ONLY then comes the time for following your passion.

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For lasting success, abandon the passion mindset for the craftsman's mindset

The passion mindset asks “What does this job offer me?".The craftsman's mindset finds joy in developing news skills and then puts them to work, by asking “What am I offering the world?

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If you scan the landscape of your life, you’ll notice certain experiences peak up. It’s so valuable to delve into these “peak moments” and extract the key ingredients.
Make a list of the ingredients that truly mattered in your peak moments; don’t be distracted by the counterfeits.

Don’t quit your job too fast

Individuals who pursue their passions as side-gigs and gradually ramp up are much more successful in the long run. 

This is because there’s less pressure, so you can take more risks. 

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