“Follow your passion” – it’s not that it’s never true, it’s that it’s not helpful. If you know what your passion is, it’s pretty easy to follow. The trouble most people have is figuring out what they are passionate about. I would suggest studying the world and thinking about the biggest problems we face, and the biggest opportunities in front of us. Write about it until you hit something that makes you cry. That’s the thing you should focus on. Re-adjust often.
…ess what the real challenges are, prioritise them, produce solutions and measure their effectivity. Creative problem solving is a cornerstone skill that separates good designers from the best designers. Everything else is production work.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” — Steve Jobs
By staying on the bus, you give yourself time to re-work and revise until you produce something unique, inspiring, and great. It’s only by staying on board that mastery reveals itself. Show up enough times to get the average ideas out of the way and every now and then genius will reveal itself.