5 Lies You've Been Told About "Following Your Passion"
People with that “Go Big or Go Home” attitude tend to end up home. They get injured or burn out from doing too much, too fast, too soon.
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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.
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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