You’ve heard it a thousand times from motivational speakers: the key to success is to follow your passion. It’s an appealing notion, but as Mike Rowe points out, just because you’re passionate about something doesn’t necessarily mean you’re good at it or that it’s a viable path towards creating a career.
In addressing the “graduating class” of PragerU, a free, online educational resource, Mike Rowe explains how passion and ability don’t always coincide and your aspirational dreams might inhibit your enjoyment of the job you already have.
That might sound a little dour, but Mike goes on to explain that happiness at your job doesn’t have much to do with the work you’re doing — a lesson he learned from a septic tank cleaner who focused on becoming good at his work until he found prosperity.
Rather, he suggests you follow opportunities and while you shouldn’t follow your passion, “you should always bring it with you”.
Don’t Follow Your Passion [PragerU]