Don’t Follow Your Passion

No this post is not about mid-week crises but it’s a thought that i was mulling over. I’m sure most of us are looking for means to figure out what we’re in for at the end. A lot of time goes in finding the perfect job. Oh! you have a perfect job? Well congrats. Cause most people are trying to make the job they’re doing a perfect one. As they say don’t wait for the perfect moment but make every moment perfect. Apart from this I’m sure you’re looking for a great gadget / soulmate / residential property / decent school for your kids and the list is long.

Unrealistic Dreams: More often than not, at a young age many of us were told to “follow our dreams”. While many were too naive to figure out by the time they hit puberty, I’m confident that those of us who did find out what we wanted to do, eventually gave up on it. Let’s face it, we’re children or teenagers running high on hormones. So you saw a sci-fi flick and decided to work for the government or decided to serve the country? No sweat most people had the weirdest notions of what they wanted to be when they were young. But yes, life has its ways and I’d say that by the time you hit college, you’re pretty much sorted. Or rather not. But whatever your situation may be, you definitely are passionate about something.

But i want to work on the area I’m passionate for? Many of us feel that if we were to follow our passion life would be so much better. Of course, there are several studies that prove the fact that the more fulfilling your job role, the more content you are an individual. However, stuff we are passionate about don’t get built up in a jiffy. Also, our passion keeps changing frequently. Many will confirm that it has changed every 2-3 years. I read an interesting study that says that our personalities change every 4 years, so why cant our passion?

I have a job I’m passionate about! Coming to following your passion, let’s take for an example that one is passionate about the environment. Let’s assume that this person gets a job that let’s them do just that. Talk about how passionate they are about it and do all they can to protect it. Now, this is day in day out you see they will have a boss to report to and metrics that will define their performance. That’s one type of pressure. Also given the current business environment, the person is exposed to unethical practices that are being carried out and gets exposed to the ugly side of business. Most likely, their passion would have gone out the window and they would be nearing to quit their job. If not then they are stacking up on a skill so unique that only other environment firms would think of hiring this person. Hence even if they don’t like it, they would be stuck in vicious cycle. In all probability if you are passionate about something, it may not come with a profit angle for you to en-cash.

In Hindsight: Therefore, i feel its better to cultivate your passion. Branch out and move to related topics or activities to keep learning. This would not only enrich your profile but also show the capability to be flexible and take on different roles. There are many caps you have to put on anyways, so why think one dimensionally? It’s good to be passionate about something but to build on that, network and learn is something that will take it to a whole new level! Do you agree or not, do let me know with your comments πŸ™‚

Dont Follow Your Passion
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6 thoughts on “Don’t Follow Your Passion

  1. Agree with you COMPLETELY !!

  2. Agreed and Loved it…

  3. Neha, I wish to add that not necessarily do we have to view passion from the professional angle…. they can be two completely different or partially related fields helping us to follow our heart while simultaneously earning own bread and butter comfortably…..

    And if passion changes very 2-3 years, it was never a passion…
    might just be something you were deeply inclined towards…

    Thanks for the tip though..
    will be looking forward to your next one..

    • Hey Divya, thanks for the perspective. I was seeing from the point of view where everyone wants to work on something they are passionate about. But yes professional work is not the only way to look at this πŸ™‚

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