Building Foundation over Following Passion
Look, do I think Rocket Science is cool?
Do I have the necessary skills to jump into Rocket Science right now in my career?
Would it be a good idea for me to start messing around with Rocket Science in my garage?
Would it be fun to start playing with Rocket Science?
To some degree, up until the moment I blow myself up, I’m sure it would be a great time.
Following your passion is great, but building the foundation you need to really recognize and understand your passion is key to your success.
As an example, I consider myself an Amateur Sketcher (I can’t use the term artist right now, it’s way too early in the process). I have some lofty goals on what I would like to accomplish with what I hope to draw at some point in my life.
I’m jumping in with both feet — consuming tutorials, putting in the time every day, experimenting with different techniques and approaches, learning from the masters and doing whatever else I can do to get ahead. But to go straight to the end game before I do all of this, would be an exercise in frustration and dissappointment and would probably lead me to switch — “Well this is what I want to do, this is what I love and I’m really bad at it, so I might as well go find something else to do.”
Finding your Passion and working in it are great, but Finding your Passion and knowing you need to Build a Foundation to get there are even better.
The Foundation takes all the pressure off — I’m in Beta mode, I’m learning, I’m having fun, money doesn’t matter, this is all about learning what to do, where to go, what to work on and how to get there. Changing up the experiments daily are key, the results don’t need to be there, but the effort does. The effort is what the foundation is all about.
So even though Following Your Passion is great advice, don’t worry if you are horribly bad at it the first time you jump into it. And if you are horribly bad at it, it’s still your passion, it just needs to be tweaked a bit so that you can Build the Foundation you need to get to where you want to go, to what you really want to accomplish.