Follow Your Passion — Bullshit or not?

We’ve heard it time and time again, “Follow your Passion”. I used to think this was bullshit. I’d work on whatever made me a lot of money. Happiness would follow. That’s not quite how it played out.

I spent nearly a decade of my life working passionlessly on a project. After the initial rush passed, I was not into the project, the team, nor the overall mission of the company. The compensation and returns were spectacular but everything else was amiss. I kept searching for a purpose to drive me and came up empty.

In my teens, I was a professional video gamer. I traveled the world getting paid to play games. It was awesome. My love for gaming laid dormant for a decade but never left me.

I decided to move on to a new project in the gaming / eSports space:

Making the decision to focus less on my existing, successful project and venture into the unknown with a new startup was terrifying. Terrifyingly awesome. Starting fresh with a new team, technology stack, and no fuckin’ idea what was going to happen has reignited the drive within. I now feel frightened, invigorated, driven, thrilled, and scared all at the same time. I feel amazing.

Is it necessary to follow your passion to bring out these emotions and feelings? Probably not. But if you’re stuck in the monotony of something you know you don’t want to be doing for the rest of your life, you should consider making a change.