Develop a passion, don’t follow it

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.

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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. 

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.
  • 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.

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You don't find passion
You cultivate it. Expecting to find something that feels perfect right away may lead to the frustration of constant seeking. 

Lower the bar from “perfect” and choose activities that offer these big three traits linked to long-term passion, performance, and life-satisfaction: autonomy, mastery and belonging.

Start With the Right Perspective

If you’re convinced that finding your passion is hard, or that it’s not going to happen for you, you’ll remain closed to possibilities. 

Choose to adopt the perspective that you can do what you love with your life. One of the best ways to strengthen this point of view is to surround yourself with people who are living examples.

Growth happens outside of your control area

When people want to get better at something they make a mistake by seeking flow: It’s enjoyable, you feel like you have control. But the actual state in which you’re getting better is one of where you feel uncomfortable.  

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