Thursday, January 23, 2014

Get Rich Slowly: Why “follow your passion” is bad advice, and what to do instead

For all the talk about finding your passion, sometimes you have to look at the dissenting opinion.

Back in January of 2013, April Dykman wrote this article for Get Rich Slowly.

Her premise? Following your passion at best leads you nowhere and at worst ruins your passion for you.  Instead, find a a career that looks like a good fit and watch it become your passion.

Nice work if you can get it, right? At least Dykman offers a few tips on how to do just that:

  1. Figure out what kinds of jobs you might like. Get as specific as possible.
  2. Pick one, and research the hell out of it.
  3. Set up informational interviews with people who do that job.
  4. Repeat until something works out.
Another great strategy for introverts! Would someone please recommend (or, I don't know, write) a book on how introverts can successfully network without paralyzing dread before and despairing exhaustion after?

If you're an extrovert, though, that strategy sounds pretty practical. 

Check out the article and share your thoughts below.

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