Don’t Follow Your Passion

Don’t Follow Your Passion


This simple phrase, “follow your passion,” turns out to be surprisingly pernicious. The early stages of a fantastic career might not feel fantastic at all, a reality that clashes with the fantasy world implied by the advice to “follow your passion” — an alternate universe where there’s a perfect job waiting for you, one that you’ll love right away once you discover it. The author of this piece notes “We currently lack, for example, a good phrase for describing those tough first years on a job where you grind away at building up skills.” I think we do. It’s called paying your dues… or simply learning. Read more at Harvard Business Review (4 minutes).