Passion is the Genesis of the Genius- Galileo Galilei.
From so many different speeches by leaders who have changed the world- at so many venue’s like Steve Jobs’2005 Standford Commencement Address, J.K Rowling at Harvard Commencement, Bill Gates at Harvard and so forth, one not-so-explicitly mentioned advice is to do what you love- Follow your passion.
Interpreting it wrongly did more damage to my career then helping me. I kept looking for my passion anxiously and kept getting disappointed. It made it worse for me to even like/do things that I was good at and which were not certainly my passion. This search to find the best made me discard every good. And at times I started doing things which I liked and which were easily available around. When I ended up disliking even those things, feeling of Ground Zero absorbed the left-over strength.
I wanted to do more, but had no sense of direction what-so-ever. More than the failure, I was embarrassed by this lack of direction. Waiting for signs in self-help books and videos which did no good as well, I finally decided to be brutally honest with my self and developed an understanding to progress gradually.
1. Know yourself better– Don’t change your lifestyle to impress yourself as yet. Primary is to know yourself as it is. What are the skills you like honing, what would you do/read about in your free time, what are your domestic liked skills? Do you have enough skills for the career you think will be ideal for you?
2. Screw the world- There is always an opinion or two just laying around the corner even if you do your best. Don’t be afraid of those opinions. Yes, you might lack a direction when everyone around you seems to be content with theirs but that is no reason for you to conclude. In your journey to comprehend your true love for something (Leaving your job or working around it), don’t hate yourself if you end up infatuated only to realize that it is not true love.
3. Don’t leave it yet– There is no need to run the horses and leave your job today itself. After you have understood yourself better, think of ways you could horn those skills in your current job and develop some career capital before diving in. (Career capital/Building a foundation- Capital you should have before settling in a career for yourself) So, its not inappropriate to leave your job and buy a new farm but before you try to buy this anatomy, it’s better if you have skills relevant to farming.
4. Choose the craftsmen mindset over passion mindset- Craftsmen mindset is to craftily use your skills in your current position and asking yourself what is the value you can add to your current position with those skills. Passion mindset is contrast- asking what value is the job bringing to me. Now someone might make a case for people who dropped out of Ivy League colleges and succeeded. The fair question to ask here is did they already have enough career capital to triumph?
5. Passion defines work which defines You– Not Necessarily!! A hobby can define you more then your work and being good at your work and have a liking for it is enough. Ensuring that the work you do aligns with your values and mission makes more sense then having a passion.
If you emphasize that, “match is all that matters, then people expect the rewards as soon as they make the match”, in other words they expect to love their work on the first day, which is far from reality and you are setting up a whole generation for chronic anxiety and job hoping and Yes you might have invested years in some degree which will go to waste if you consider some other career but there are skills you learnt doing that which never go to waste.