We like to say that people should "find their passion" to experience success in their careers and therefore, in their lives. If you really love something, it will feel easy and right. Right? That may actually be the worst possible way to approach new ventures.
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"Pursue your passion" is unhelpful advice for a handful of reasons, but mostly because it suggests we should stick to a single path we already feel strongly about. As personal finance expert Stefanie O'Connell explains, passion isn't something you have, it's something you discover.
Self-esteem and self-confidence seem like pretty much the same thing, but they're not. For example, maybe you can easily get in front of a crowd, give a speech, and command a room, which shows self-confidence, but at the same time, you feel like crap about your own public speaking, which is a lack of self-esteem.
Passion alone won't bring you success in the field of your choice. In fact, it's pretty unlikely that you'll find a career doing exactly what you love to do, but that's OK. All you need to do is to find room in your life for the things that make your heart sing, and your life will be in a better place, period.