"Follow Your Passion" isn’t a Good Career Advice?

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  1. VnhumR

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    You have heard a lot and been advised of ‘following your passion’. That motivation sometimes turns out to be bad advice, making you bush around what you love doing and what you are doing, and end up being on the wrong track.

    Instead, cultivating your passion will help make your stress-free, meaningful work!

    Most passions fail to match paying careers



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    You are passionate about dancing though, your current conditions, your ability, and others don’t support that passion. Your family and beloved ones are your passion; still, there isn’t much space in the job market for those things. Obviously, they are just-so-beautiful passions, and often times, the best option is to look for a career that roots for you enough to follow those passions outside of your work.

    It’s not that everyone has pre-existent passion

    ‘Follow your passion’ means you have pre-existent passion, and if you match it to your job, you will love that job. That seems uncomplicated, but otherwise. People often do not have pre-existent passions. As per the study on employee satisfaction at workplace, people enjoy their work for more subtle reasons than that it lines up with their interests.


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    Cultivate your passion instead

    While ‘follow’ means you find out the passion before matching it to a job, ‘cultivate’ means you build your passion along the way you work. The later process is considered longer though, it can be more rewarding. You will need become a craftsman in your work. Refining your ability, and then making use of your value and shape your work life towards the lifestyle type resonant with you.


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    Excitement vs. True passion

    There are times you find yourself being excited over an idea, but run out of steam quickly and lose momentum to dive into that idea.

    If so, that is not the true passion, but excitement instead. The excitement about a specific idea is often different from the deep passion that motivates you to a fulfilling and rewarding career. Whilst your excitement would come and leave, your true passion would arise after you putting in long hours to become a real craftsman in your field, and then make use of this value to attain autonomy, be respected, and pull off your occupational destiny.

    How to find my true passion?

    There is none of special passion awaiting you to discover. Instead, it’s something cultivated. Your passion can be cultivated in multitude fields. Thus, to say that you don’t know what your passion is doesn’t make sense. It would add up to say that you haven’t cultivated one passion yet; you should scope down things to focus on and start that cultivating process.

    Source: http://vnmanpower.com/en/follow-your-passion-is-not-a-good-career-advice-bl160.html

    How about you? Do you follow your passion to pursue your dream career?
     
  2. CherylTorrie

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    I have had many careers in my life and I do believe that you can enjoy whatever you set you mind to enjoy but it's difficult to cultivate a passion for something that you are ill suited to. That's also true of any position in a company that doesn't have the same ideals as you. If you seek a position with a company that holds the same core values as you and is on a successful path you may find that you can develop the necessary passion for any position within that company but if you don't respect the company nor the people who lead it you will find that no matter what position you hold there you can't become passionate about your career. I have always wanted to be a painter but I have no talent at painting and I never will have any but I'm passionate about making numbers work and being part of a company's success so I'm an Accountant.
     
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    This might be a more practical - but still personal - advice. Being told to follow your passion is insidious sometimes, because not everyone can successfully transform their passions into self-supporting enterprises. Sometimes the stars don't align, and sometimes, it's not that clear how you can go about doing it (as in one of the article's example, where one's passion is one's family).
     
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    I think it isn't always possible to do what we love as a job, but we can do a job we enjoy and do what we love avocationally, and maybe make it pay some day. I think that some passions might have to be put off for a bit until we can afford them. It doesn't mean we should give up on our dreams, just sometimes it might be necessary to defer them.
     
  5. Gerry Speck

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    Passion will not always helpful for you, to get succeed in your career. Go for some advice from relatives, experienced person in that particular industry. This will helps you to know about the past, present and future of the field which you will be going to choose.
     
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    dont worry for anything. if something fails dont lose hope on it be passionate in what you do. be happy while doing something. success will follow you.
     
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