Purpose > Passion

Why finding your passion is bad advice.

Chances are you’ve heard multiple times in your life, “what are you passionate about?” and “follow your passion!”

We’ve heard well-intentioned friends and loved ones tell us to find and follow our passion. We’ve watched industry titans claim it to be the holy grail to a successful life. But how often does this advice lead to a good and fulfilling life?

  • Well-intentioned proponents believe: Often.
  • Studies report: Rarely.
  • We say: Never.

 

Pro-tip:
Critically question the herd. Remember The 99% Rule.

This article aims to encourage our readers to abandon the age-old but naive idea of pursuing passions. And in its place, consider the benefits to self and world by committing to purpose.

 

Interested in abandoning passions and searching for purpose?
Read our article on Finding Your Purpose.

 

The following are quotes, statistics, and videos warning of the perils that come from following the generally-accepted advice to ‘follow your passion’.

 


 

The Research

 

..Those who believed pursuing passion meant following what brings one joy were less likely to be successful in their pursuit of passion, and were more likely to quit their job nine months down the line.

 


 

Don’t Follow Your Passion
Professor Scott Galloway | NYU Stern | 2 mins

 


 

According to three Stanford researchers’ findings, the ‘follow your passion’ advice can be detrimental to an individual’s success due to narrowmindedness and dedication to a single passion.

 


 

“Follow Your Passion” Is Bad Advice
Cal Newport | 99U | 22 mins

 


 

Passion typically masks a weakness. Its breathlessness and impetuousness and franticness are poor substitutes for discipline, for mastery, for strength and purpose and per­severance.

 


 

Stop Searching For Your Passion
Terri Trespicio | TEDxKC | 11 mins

 


 

Great passions are maladies without hope…
Goethe

 


 

To Find Work You Love, Don’t Follow Your Passion
Benjamin Todd | TEDxYouth@Tallinn | 15 mins

 


 

Passion typically masks a weakness. Its breathlessness and impetuousness and franticness are poor substitutes for discipline, for mastery, for strength and purpose and perseverance. You need to be able to spot this in others and in yourself, because while the origins of passion may be earnest and good, its effects are comical and then monstrous.
Ryan Holiday, Ego Is the Enemy

 


 

Don’t Follow Your Passion
Ben Horowitz | Columbia University | 17 mins

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