Welcome to Unsolicited Career Advice episode number 8. If you don’t know what you’re watching... This is a video series where we teach you how to make delightful vegan desserts with only two ingredients.
Actually, this is Unsolicited Career Advice. We give career advice even though nobody’s asking us.
Today is a bit of a different episode because instead of going to reddit, twitter or the FBI. We’re truly giving you unsolicited advice.
Today’s advice is about one word: Passion.
For years, you’ve been told to follow your passion. We’ve been told it’s the key to a job that you’ll love and unlimited success. Search for “follow your passion” on amazon you’ll get over a hundred books written about following your passion.
Do me a favour?
Do not follow your passion.
As a matter of fact, let’s make this a little more clear.
Passion is a man dressed up as a clown, driving around in a white windowless van offering you candy and a ride home, do not follow your passion.
Why? For a few reasons.
First, most people have no idea what their passion is. Our definition has been corrupted by years of people telling you that the thing you love is your passion.
I love cream puffs and double cheeseburgers. I love sneakers and hip hop. I love beard grooming products… And I love when people at the gym have self control when using their Axe body spray.
Does that mean those things are my passion?
Second: follow your passion puts way too much pressure on us to figure it out before we ever start work.
We’ve seen way too many people who hesitate to start something new because it’s not their passion.
Even worse, we’ve seen people turn away great opportunities to learn and grow because it wasn’t their passion.
There are a bunch of ways to feel really satisfied and even excited about work other than feeling passionate about it.
Third: It sets the expectation that you HAVE to be passionate about your work. Not exactly true. In the best cases, there are things that you love about your job, maybe it’s even the work itself. But in other cases, the thing you may love about your work may be the fact that you get to go home early on Fridays or it gives you time in the evenings to blog about sneakers.
You don’t HAVE to be passionate about your work.
I’m not saying do work you hate. I’m simply saying DO WORK. Get started in a career path, a company or an industry. It’s only then that you can start to earn your passion or better yet, find parts of that work that you love.
Usually, I give advice about getting started by talking to people out there doing the things that you want to be doing. In the case of passion though, it’s difficult. Because you’re talking to people who’ve gone through the work, failed, learned what they love and what they hate and are now probably able to talk about the things they love. They may even be able to say they’re passionate about it.
Confession time: there are days where I’m not passionate about what I’m doing. Answering dozens and dozens of emails? I usually hate it. Being rejected by potential customers? Super frustrating. Trying to raise more money for our company? Soulcrushing.
But there a ton of things that I love about the work that I do and when things get tough, I focus on those things and try to figure out how to get more of them.
So please, look that clown in the eye, slap the candy out of his hand, call the cops and stay far away.
Because the goal isn’t to follow your passion. The goal right now is to find something you think may be a fit, something you could see yourself being challenged by, something you want to learn more about and something you could see yourself being great at.
Then the goal is to get started.
There you have it, episode number 8, complete.
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