Passion Does Not Guarantee Success

What are you passionate about?

Is there anything that you love doing so much that you don’t mind how much time is spent?

My work, I thought, was the answer to these questions. After all, I have always been quite a workaholic, passionate about ways to improve the company. Even when I’m not working, I love discussing topics related to business and exchanging business stories with fellow business people and entrepreneurs. I can never get tired of reading material related business and startups!

Media Portrayal of Passion

It was not until recently when I attempted filling out a passion questionnaire (which was designed to help one like myself find their passion) that I became aware that I may not have a passion at all. What a depressing self-discovery?! Hell, do I feel bad about myself for not being passionate about having a passion! I must be the odd one out (again). *sad face*

We were told by successful entrepreneurs time and again that passion was what contributed to their “accidental” business empires. And the media, both online and offline, have articles after articles covered on how passion makes one successful. Thus it was not surprising that over the years, the branding for “passion” has become so successful that people my age and younger believe that no one should “waste time” doing things they’re not passionate about. It’s a #YOLO concept if you will. They wholeheartedly trust that focusing on passion itself will make them successful. Haven’t you heard? It’s the law of attraction magic. If you feel good doing the things you’re doing, you can only attract what you desire, and be successful.

The Confused Passionalities

I’m concerned, not because I do not have a passion, but because the struggles my friends with passions are going through is real. They stay unemployed because they haven’t found a worthy job that they are passionate about. Job offers that come their ways were rejected in the name of passion. Still, there are others who are forever unhappy with their jobs, changing from one to another hoping the new “passion” can bring them happiness…

And you thought why in the world people design passion questionnaire?

Earlier this year we were offered an opportunity to work with an incredibly talented team full of members who are absolutely passionate about what they do. However, the collaboration deal was eventually called off because the team was not able to execute their plan as scheduled. The team has a company fueled solely by passions and money sponsored from other people. They weren’t actively managing the company, causing absurd losses months after months. But passion promised success, right? They have convinced themselves that it’s just a tough phase all entrepreneurs have to go through. They ignored the problems, not addressing to any.

They think as long as they were working on their passion, everything else will fall into places themselves.

But passion is not magic.

Passion Is A Force

Passion is the drive that motivates you and allows you to get into action mode. It is the primary force that makes you want to be better and keeps improving. It’s an unexplained and uncontrollable feeling. That is what passion is.

If passion is all the ingredient needed to bake business success, then everyone in the world just got to find something that they like to do and go do it and everyone will be successful. Clearly, it isn’t the case. It takes more than just passion for people to achieve their desires! I think it’s time we understand that passion does not guarantee success. Instead, we need to attribute success to discipline, perseverance, and lots of hard work.

If you only live once, wouldn’t you want to try your hands (and your best) on all the good opportunities presented to you?

What if your real passion is not a subject-matter, but being successful at whatever you do?

Can we simply love what we do, and do what we love?

Originally published at on November 21, 2016.