The cliché “follow your passion” is easily the worst career advice you could ever give or get.
My guidance: Don’t do something you love. Do something you’re good at, even if it may not be something you’re passionate about.
Contentment isn’t likely to come from figuring out what you love and doing it for your career. Career success really comes from doing what other people will love you—and ‘compensate’ you—for doing.
Idea for Impact: You don’t have to give up your dreams, but pursue them as a hobby. Don’t try to find a perfect job. Find a good, if not a passion-filled, career and find the gratification of pursuing your passions outside of work.
Besides, people don’t really know what reality is like until they’re doing it. Therefore, perhaps a better way to choose what you do be to follow your effort? Be flexible. Have a broad view of what you wish to achieve, and be prepared to compromise on how you make it happen. Enjoy the work that you do, and discover aspects of it you’d enjoy regardless of being paid or not. True career contentment comes from an appreciative boss, helpful coworkers, the opportunity to learn and grow, a reasonable commute, and a middle-class living.
Alfred B. says
Many people have “impractical” dreams, and, sooner or later, reality will impose itself on people of its own accord. People may not live out their passions, but they can live out portions of their dreams.