The Passion Myth

Find something you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.

Right?

Bullshit.

Nobody on Earth wakes up every single day restlessly waiting to take on the world.  Such passion doesn’t exist.  If you’re really, really lucky, and if  you’ve crafted your life well and built skills that suit you and installed a good support system around you, you might feel this way a few days a week.  Maybe.

But there’s still a huge part of life that’s uncomfortable.  The logistics alone are rarely enjoyable: getting the permits, or the approval, or all your ducks in a row, or everybody on the same page: this part of any project is frustrating and not rewarding in the moment.  On a more fundamental level, accomplishing great, fun things is impossible without risk and without exposing ourselves to the chance of failure.  These, not surprisingly, are the two things we’re hard-wired to avoid.

So what?  When did we decide that hard, uncomfortable work is bad?  Our opportunities exist precisely because things are hard and uncomfortable.  If they were easy and fun, somebody else would have done them.

Ignore the discomfort.  Do the work.

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2 Responses to The Passion Myth

  1. “Nobody on Earth wakes up every single day restlessly waiting to take on the world. Such passion doesn’t exist. If you’re really, really lucky, and if you’ve crafted your life well and built skills that suit you and installed a good support system around you, you might feel this way a few days a week. Maybe.”

    I disagree with that. I do feel that kind of passion. I have been feeling it since I started. I can’t deny there have been a lot of feelings mixed in as well.

    I think what happens is not the same way portrayed in the movies. Is not about being on fire all the time, or every single day. You can feel passionate and still feel tired. Still ready to take on the world, but still tired.

    Now, if what you refer is to a full on passion, every single day, without anything else, that is indeed impossible. But I believe passion is never alone, sometimes you are fully inspired, sometimes you just don’t.

    Don’t confuse passion with inspiration. I have passion for what I do every single day, that doesn’t mean I am inspired every day.

  2. AaronL says:

    You can’t be inspired everyday or forever, but a little can go along ways. I wouldn’t say Passion is black or white.
    http://www.ted.com/talks/gary_vaynerchuk_do_what_you_love_no_excuses?ga_source=embed&ga_medium=embed&ga_campaign=embed

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