You hear a lot about following your passion.
I've quit my job and I'm following my passion. GREAT! Is passion a bad thing? Understood rightly, no. But as the be-all-and-end-all? Yes.
Passion on its own, doesn't really get you anywhere. What if the following your passion advice was bad advice?
Spirited action, perseverance, skill, grounded practice and planning but above all, PURPOSE; then, combine that with passion; in my opinion, is better advice.
Basically follow your passion is great, but incomplete advice.
Ryan Holiday, author of Ego Is the Enemy:
“Your passion may be the very thing holding you back from power or influence or accomplishment. Because just as often, we fail with — not, because of — passion. … Purpose deemphasises the 'I'. Purpose is about pursuing something outside yourself as opposed to pleasuring yourself.”
When you look up the meaning of passion, it's no wonder, until about a century ago, it was a 'dirty' word:
> a very powerful feeling, for example of sexual attraction, love, hate, anger, or other emotion:
Football arouses a good deal of passion among its fans.
At school, his early interest in music developed into an abiding passion.
Politics and philosophy were his lifelong passions.
> a passion for sth - an extreme interest in or wish for doing something, such as a hobby, activity, etc.:
Anton has a consuming passion for science fiction.
> passions (plural) - very powerful feelings:
Touch a man's property and his passions are immediately aroused.
Other than touching a man's property to arouse his 'passions,' hahahaha, it's safe to say, passion sounds like a dirty word because it also sounds self centred.
'I want to...,' ' I need to....,' ' I have to...'
No matter how well meaning these sentences end, it is completely overshadowed by the first letter: 'I.'
PURPOSE on the other hand is more expansive. It's about something bigger than 'I.' It extends your compassion to THEM. It flips our focus on the people, the world we live in, the causes we are trying to reach, serve, help and love.
It's about striving for something larger than yourself. It's not all about passion. With anything in life, it's about balance. Imagine a world where everyone strives not just to get the right relationship with ourselves, but to also fuel the relationships that expand beyond ourselves.
Passion expands the 'I', purpose expands the 'we.' Passion makes me bigger. Purpose connects me to something bigger.
When working on your passions in life, remember to ask yourself, what is my gift back? What is my purpose? The questions carries more depth and requires further inward probing to find an answer.