Find Your Passion and Other Bad Advice
There’s this thought that somewhere we will “find” a passion, a purpose to our lives, something so inspiring and exciting that we never feel like we are working. Something that we are endlessly motivated to do.
The belief that such passions exist causes many of us to feel dissatisfied with what we are doing, and to look for something that meets our idea of what a true passion is.
Well meaning people tell us to “find our passion”. And to keep looking until we do.
That can be bad advice. This article and associated research really reminded me of this: A major new study questions the common wisdom about how we should choose our careers.
In reality - we “choose” a passion. We create an interest in something through focus, and while it can be inspiring, it will often feel like work. And the passion we choose can also be hard.
If we constantly move on looking for something else when our current interest gets hard we are robbing ourselves of happiness. Everything can get hard at times.
In my own case I stumbled upon my current passion and occupation literally by accident. I was an infotech career person, and now I am a comedy hypnotist entertainer.
I love it. And yet there are times it is hard. Sometimes I feel unmotivated. Some aspects of the role are not especially enjoyable. But realistically - what else would you expect? It still mostly lights me up. And what I do is not especially easy. That’s why I love it.
Don’t find your passion. Choose to focus on something interesting and become passionate about it.