Rule #1: Don’t follow your passion

A short summary about the first rule “So good they can’t ignore you”, a book by Cal Newport. I’m writing this while I’m reading the book so expect edits and future posts about the next rules that appears on the book.

Chapter One: The “Passion of Steve Jobs”

Tells that even the Steve Jobs’s advice didn’t apply properly to him. If we took a look into his background story, we would see that he wasn’t passionate about technology from a beginning, but more into zen and mystical insightful experiences. If Steve Jobs would have follow the “follow your passion” advice he probably wouldn’t have been the tech visionary we know today.

Chapter Two: Passion is Rare

#1 Career passions are rare

A lot of people’s passions are more related to hobbies like sports and arts rather than “job-valuable” passions.

#2 Passion takes time

Research indicates that passions grows after years of experiences rather than “born” before taking a job.

#3 Passion is a side effect of mastery

People skillful at their jobs are happier and feel more passionate.

To be motivated by your work:

  • Autonomy: feeling that you have control over your day and your actions are important
  • Competence: feeling you are good at what you do

Chapter Three: Passion is Dangerous

There are exceptional cases of a “born” passion. But they are exceptions, not the rule. “Follow your passion” advice often leads to unhappiness job hopping in search of that job that we will feel is the “one”