Don't Follow Your Passion
1. “Follow your Passion” is dangerous advice
📖 Says the author of the book I’m reading called “So good they cant ignore you”.
Cal Newport (the author) says this advice, that’s constantly being thrown around in our modern culture is counter productive to the goal of gaining job satisfaction.
Here are the reasons,
💭 It implants the notion that there’s this unique esoteric job that exists for all of us and we won't be happy until we find it.
😥 Since it doesn’t exist, we will never find the “fulfilment” we are looking for leading to things like constant job hopping and continued dissatisfaction with what we are doing.
👨🎨And Passion is a symptom of gaining mastery at one thing and not the other way around.
2. Craftsman Mindset Here’s the alternative solution to the “follow your passion” advice.
⛏️ Pick something that you remotely like and get good at it. Gain Skills. And treat it like a skill that you can add to your toolbox. This eliminates the all or nothing mentality and helps you refine the job you want to do. "I'm suggesting you put aside the question of whether your job is your true passion, and instead turn your focus towards 'become so good they can't ignore you'" I was furious when i read this book a couple of years back. And now, I feel like this is the best piece of advice anyone (especially a young 20 something) can get.
3) Favorite Quote of the Week “There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” - Seneca That's it folks :) See ya next week!