The quote “Follow your passion” is a famous one. It’s often quoted by a lot of celebrities and successful people. However, it can easily be misinterpreted, just as easily as it is misused. It leaves many people scratching their heads thinking “What is my passion?” or “What do I want to do with my life?”.
Today, I’m going to tell you why — sometimes — it’s wrong to “follow your passion”.
The reason for this is because we don’t really understand what is meant by the term “Passion”. People often hear this quote and think what do I LOVE to do? Video Games! TV! I’ll be a pro gamer, I’ll become a famous director. And then when they look into those careers and what it takes to be successful at them — they realize it’s completely different to the reasons they looked for them in the first place. “Find your passion” doesn’t mean pick something you enjoy doing, and make that a career. A career is something more meaningful, more intimate. A career is something you believe is a representation of what you believe in — what you want in life.
The phrase “Find your passion” should be rephrased. It leads people to think to themselves — “Should I make my hobby a career?”. While feasible, I don’t think it’s optimal at all. You love cooking — that’s great! But you probably won’t like it as a career. You enjoy it because it’s refreshing — a break in your routine. But if you were made to do it all day, every day — made to scrutinize and study every aspect of it, would you still love what you were doing?
This leads me to my next point; tenacity. You have to be willing to stick it out at what you’re doing. Just because you spent a few weeks on your Computer Science course and found the Math difficult doesn’t mean you should stop! Spend the time being frustrated, struggle a bit. If you still find — after a good amount of time and mental investment — that what you’re doing isn’t for you, then feel free to change your mind knowing you gave it your best.
Don’t just “Find your passion”. Find what you’re good at, find what the market needs, and make sure you enjoy doing it. Strike a balance between idealistic dreams and realistic ambitions. Don’t be in a rush. Speed doesn’t matter; direction does. A lot of people are going nowhere, very fast. Don’t be one of them. Hope this helps.
Tanishq Kumar, CEO