When soul searching for what direction you want your life to go, some advice that’s often given is “follow your passion.” There are a few problems with this.
For one, if you had a clear passion, you would know it. I didn’t always know I wanted to be a therapist, but once I did know it, it was crystal clear. If that sounds like you, then you don’t need to be told to follow your passion, because you’re probably already doing it.
But most people don’t have that experience. There’s a decent chance that most people wouldn’t say they followed their passion to get to the job they’re currently in. But here’s the thing: you don’t need to “follow your passion” in order to be successful.
If you’re really good at something and you go into it with a good attitude and a great work ethic, you will enjoy your job and you’ll probably make a difference in the world, too.
Contrary to popular belief, there’s nothing wrong with you if you don’t feel like you have a “passion.” The world needs people driven to one specific thing, but the world also needs people just like you, who are capable of understanding ideas from multiple fields and using that knowledge to do things like innovate.
If you have a passion, follow it (obviously). If you don’t feel like you have one single passion, then the world is your playground. Try whatever piques your interest. Work hard. Be kind and honest. You will do great things!
For more thoughts on this subject, I really enjoyed this TED talk about being a “multipotentialite” as well as this podcast where Elizabeth Gilbert shares her epiphany about the idea of following passion. Check them out!
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