Life Advice: Don’t Find Your Passion (Cindi May)

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Life Advice: Don't Find Your Passion

by: Cindi May

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Let’s just round up to 600 billion results to my Google search for “find your passion”. If we split all those up evenly, that’s roughly 80 unique results for every human being on the planet.

A popular topic, to be sure, but there is growing evidence that trying to “find your passion” is, at best, unhelpful life advice, and at worst utter bullshit. (I believe pretty strongly it’s the latter).

This is not to say that passion is bullshit. It is not. True passion for what you do (and why you do it) is amazing and something we should all want in our lives. It’s just that “discovering” it, in my view, is impossible. Passion must be developed (through your development as a person).  Absent that development, passion is just infatuation.

I’ve suggested this before… and this is just another great article articulating why searching for your passion is just stupid… and what you should do instead.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/life-advice-dont-find-your-passion/