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"Follow your passions" is bad advice

"Follow your passions" is bad advice

Few people have a passion that neatly translates into a career, and following one's passions often leads to misguided career moves. Rather, your satisfaction at work has more to do with your experience with that work rather than the type of work.

To have intrinsic motivation at work, you need:

  1. Autonomy - feeling like you have control over your time
  2. Competence – the feeling that you’re good at your work
  3. Relatedness – connecting with other people in the process

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  • A "passion mindset" focuses on what the world can offer to you - what perfect job can you find to fit your passions? This often leads to confusion and wandering from job to job.
  • A "craftsman mindset" focuses on what you can offer the world in whate...

A job that satisfies the ingredients of intrinsic motivation is rare and valuable, so you need to develop rare and valuable skills to offer in exchange.

Career capital = the value of competencies, knowledge and individual personality attributes you have to...

To create a successful project it must:

  1. Compel people who discover it to tell others (nothing that has been done before or is boring)
  2. Be launched in a venue that supports that sharing (the internet, social media, research journals, etc.)

Once you've developed your career capital and learned some rare and valuable skills, you will be more valuable to your employer.

Use this leverage to negotiate shorter hours, more freedom, etc.

Deliberate practice = practice that stretches your abilities and provides instant feedback

It has been estimated by interviewing masters of particular skills that to excel at a complex task takes 10,000 hours of practice. You need to have patience and keep working...

Little bets = bite-sized, carefully chosen projects that take no more than a few months, give you valuable feedback, and help you to determine your next steps.

You don't need to commit to a project that will determine your work life for the next few years....

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