“Do what you love” they say.
The truth is, that’s not the best guide for success. Especially early in your career, your passions usually make for a bad day job or business.
I’ve met countless people that have ruined their hobbies by making it their livelihood.
And then there’s the issue of which passion do you choose to focus on. Don’t you have several?
Conversely, I also know plenty of people especially further into their careers that have developed a deep sense of appreciation and skill for jobs that they were not passionate about at the outset.
Key: Passion (and it’s really an overused word at this point) often comes when we’ve taken the time and care to develop a craft and are among the best in the world at what we do.
So how do you choose what to do instead of looking at passions?
1) Start with lifestyle design. Think about what you enjoy (the people in your life, your passions / hobbies / things / etc) and decide on an ideal scenario in which you’d interact with those things optimally.
2) Decide how much time you want to spend working, how tied down you want to be to a specific location, how much money you need in order to enjoy your passions.
3) Map your lifestyle design plan to careers or businesses that achieve the goals you have for your time, earnings, hobby expenses, family needs, etc.
4) After mapping, see where you have natural skill or talent or interest and start experimenting with that career path.
Don’t focus on just doing what you love. Often there are many things you are passionate about.
Many of those things don’t make good careers or businesses.
Don’t focus on just doing what you love. Often there are many things you could be passionate about.
Many of those things could make good careers or businesses. But you’ll never know unless you try them.
Remember that passion often comes after years of crafting as you become an expert in your field. Being one of the best in the world gives you the sense of fulfillment and leads to your passion for your work.
Are you working on something you were passionate about from day one? Or has your passion grown as you’ve developed more skill? Tell us below.