Why You Should Not Listen to People Who Say Just “follow your passion”

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8436662-portrait-of-smiling-young-black-business-woman-at-desk-in-officeBy: Krystle Crossman

If you have ever picked up self-help career books you may have noticed that there is a common theme among them. They all tell you that you need to follow your passion in order to be happy with your career. While following your passion can lead to an emotionally fulfilling career, it may not make the best business sense. One of the best things that you can do for your business is have passion, but one of the most important things that you can do is to make sure that you have a product or service that people want. This will help you to build a more sustainable career.

Sadly, the picture of a mentally stimulating and soul-satisfying job is just a pipe dream for many in the US and around the world. The average worker is stressed. They are ready to pull their hair out and are thoroughly unhappy with their jobs. Employee morale overall in the country is low as well as productivity levels.

President and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post, Arianna Huffinton, says that we are not successful in creating sustainable businesses because of the male-defined model of success. She says that money and power, which are the two main drivers for businesses, make for a limited outlook for success. They may work well as business models for a short time however after a while they will become a burden.

There are five ways that Huffington says you can achieve a more sustainable career.

1. Take the data from your daily life and analyze it.
2. Find a place of employment that is supportive of the life you have outside the office.
3. Don’t underestimate the power of learning new things.
4. Work with inspiring people.
5. Develop rare and unique skills that not many others have.

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3 Comments

  1. I do agree with your statement ” have passion in your work”; I also say follow your dreams in that order. There are times when we have to make a detour and settle temporarily for different venues toward a path of success and fulfillment, but that is a reality of life.

  2. You are Right ,Ms Krystle Crossman. I’ve tried to explain this to my friends for many years. Successful business owners don’t just follow their Passion. They follow the NEEDS and WANTS of the society. There is a slight element of truth here: When you are involved in something you love, you excel in doing it. But if you are going to be successful in ANY business, you MUST follow, not your PASSION, but the TREND.

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