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Why “Follow Your Passion” is the Worst Advice Ever — 6 Comments

  1. Excellent advice.I especially like that you could work out what it was you loved about quilting and transform that passion into a successful enterprise. Sometimes you have to look beyond the obvious to find success

  2. Follow your passion is good for a stress management tool to help unwind, but business is a different ball game altogether, Lesa. I’m so glad you brought up the point about being passionate about an idea and then validating it for viability with empirical evidence. It is the fine line between a successful enterprise and an expensive hobby.

  3. Finally someone is getting it right. As a retired career counselor, I know that being passionate about one’s job or business gives satisfaction, but doesn’t necessarily get the jib done. I took my hobby, creating jewelry to become a business because I was ‘passionate’ about it. Well, so was thousands of other women and distinguishing our handcrafted pieces has been challenging. Unable to do the tedious live craft shows we turned to an on-line venue to discover that to be successful is even more challenging. We have the wisdom of a wonderful coach/webmaster & we are giving it our all. Some days I wonder if my business is making jewelry or social media marketing. Actually, learning social media at age 76 has been very exciting despite the challenges. I believe it will help me age gracefully.

  4. I remember hearing Cal Newport talk about “why skills trump passion” at the World Domination Summit, and thought it was interesting to finally hear someone somewhat debunk the “do what you love and the money will follow” mantra, many people believe in today’s world. Passion is definitely important, as success without it is quite unfulfilling indeed, however, skills and a plan are part of the success equation too. Thanks for sharing your experiences as it is important that people of all ages understand that creating a successful business is part passion and many parts other things. Darren Hardy talks about this in “The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster” and says that event those whose lives look glamorous from the outside looking in, are generally only truly feeling the excitement and passion a small percentage of the time. The rest is lots of work and sweat to achieve your goals. As someone who works a lot from inspiration and intuition, I think I need more creative impulses than others, however, I understand that taking actions and filling a need, are two of the keys to being successful in anything you do! Thanks Lesa, appreciate your sharing such great insights with us all!

  5. This is a new perspective, and I can really appreciate it!
    For me, rather than finding what I’m passionate about – It’s been about finding something that everybody needs, but marketing to people like myself who can relate to why it’s needed 😉 Great post!

  6. I think there needs to be a balance between what you’re passionate about and offering a service that people would buy. As with everything, viewing these 2 in isolation is not going to do do any good. None of them will work on the long run or be sustainable.

    For us, it translates into being flexible in our approach on the services and products we’re offering.

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