Why following your passion isn’t enough

You may have come across plenty of readings that suggest following your passion. Many even claimed that by following your passion, you’ll never work a day in your life. This mindset, however, has been misunderstood in many ways. Passion is essentially a strong emotion; it is that fire that motivates and gives a sense of meaning for something, or it could overwhelm reason which leads to obsession and steers you away from opportunities.

We are often misled by obsessing over finding passion. Somehow by finding passion, a key to a happy and fulfilling life is handed to you. Hasn’t this fixation over being passionate led into a discrepancy? Will it be undermining to not pursue your passion as a career? What about us who have yet to find our ‘passion’?

Passion is complex

Have you found yourself having multiple, or sometimes, too many interests or passion? Does any of it actually stand out? The reality is we often have passion for multiple things at once and they constantly change. We are not made for only one thing and overtime your interests will shift and new passion emerges. When a new passion emerges, how can you prioritize and diversify your time to be fully utilized in realizing all of these passions?

Understanding this will help you prioritize your range of interests and helps you with determining what you actually put your effort in. Do some research on what is feasible on the time being and how your skillset would fit your interest.

How is passion not enough?

Relying on passion itself is not enough, what we need is a healthy balance of emotion and reason. Sometimes you might not be suitable for what you consider your passion. You might find yourself to be better in other things, so why not make a use of it? Why not add value to the others instead?

Passion and satisfaction goes hand in hand. However, passion itself is not the sole key to satisfaction and happiness. Passion fires you up and it is important in a sense that it helps you internally search for a path that would eventually sustain you financially and intellectually; Nevertheless, it shouldn’t over ride reason: what the prerequisites for passion to work, such as if there is a market demand for it.

Passion could be a self realization

It is somehow fixated in our mind to actively search for our passion, which would eventually be toxic: curiosity for figuring out passions could easily turn into an obsession. Let’s say you started a new job last week, and all you think about is if this job is your passion. You keep on questioning it, and over analyzes every single bit of it. By the end of the week, you conclude it’s not something you’d like to do and you feel like you made a big mistake and is miserable. Will you finally be able to find your passion or will the cycle repeats itself?

Let’s think of it this way: most people discovers their passion after they have put tremendous time and effort on doing something. Why? Let’s say you know you are good in something, you work hard for it, then you get better than most people. You are aware that you enjoy doing this, then you realize that this is something you are passionate about. Sometimes it is just a self-realization, so stop labeling your activities into passionate or non passionate.

Passion helps, of course in achieving self-actualization. It fuels you up as well, however, passion itself is too ambiguous and can be achieved in many ways. Instead, look at what you are good at and can add value to the community to. Count on that and passion will follow.

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