Maverick owner and millionaire Mark Cuban posted an article Don't Follow Your Passion, Follow Your Effort on his blog called Blogmaverick. His main point: Enough of encouraging people to "follow their passion!"
He writes, "I have heard it all the from people, 'I'm not going to quit. It's my passion....Or I hear it as advice to students and others “Follow your passion”. What a bunch of BS. 'Follow Your Passion” is easily the worst advice you could ever give or get.' Why? He insists: Because...
"When you work hard at something you become good at it.
When you become good at doing something, you will enjoy it more."
However, Mark Cuban himself was asked in an interview with Business Owner Magazine called VIP Success what advice would you give to small business owners? His first answer: "Love what you do." He went on, ”Its really finding something that you really love to do” Hmmm. This is very similar to the one thing multimillionaires most have in common: They all say they "love" what they do.
Given the fact that 80% of people according to a Deloitte study don't like their work and would gladly leave if they saw opportunity [cryout-pullquote be failing for most workers? [/cryout-pullquote] Might not helping open adults and youth explore passion as a key factor actually be setting them up for emptiness and possibly failure?
It's really a chicken and egg question issue and when given the option, (I understand that sometime it really isn't) passion can be a "first thing first." When you love something, you will be more likely to put in the effort.
Opposite: Isn't it true that when you don't like, or certainly hate, what you do, you will be more likely to put in minimal effort? (Slack off. Do the minimum. Put in your time.) Rarely does someone hate it so much that they become great at it.
If the only goal or measure of success is making money, than clearly some passions will never pay as much. (food for the hungry, working with downs syndrome children, most pastors, authors and firemen) However, if there's a bigger picture to purpose and happiness, then passion must factor in. Might that passion actually be a clue to a bigger purpose? Paul wrote, "My passion is to preach the gospel where it has not been preached." (Certainly drove him to a whole lot of effort!)
Passion won't guarantee "success," but doing things without consideration of passion will likely put you in the 80% category who see retirement as their only escape.
PRAYER + PASSION + GIFTS/SKILLS + PROBLEM AND NEEDS FOR WHAT YOU DO + HARD WORK = REAL DIRECTION.
Take effort from the equation and real progress become doubtful. But take passion from the equation and real satisfaction also become doubtful. Which would you rather be without? Neither, right?
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