Passions / Pt 1

Purpose > Passion: Why following your passion is bad advice.

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Chances are you’ve heard the well-intentioned but terrible cliche advice: “follow your passion!”   Well-intentioned friends and loved ones tell us to find and follow our passions. In this article, accompanied by quotes and videos, we invite you to abandon the cliched and naive idea of pursuing passions. In its wondrous void, consider the benefits to yourself, your loved ones, and the world, by committing to purpose.

Pro-tip:
Critically question the herd. Remember The 99% Rule.
Abandon passion and seek purpose:
Read our article on Finding Your Purpose.

 


 

The Research

Passion is not something you follow.
It’s something you generate and bring to your work.

 

We’ve heard from industry titans to your next-door neighbour claim that to follow your passion is to live a successful life.

Question: How often does this advice lead to a good and fulfilling life?
Answer: Most people believe often. Studies show rarely.

 

..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

The Author