Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Writing at Inc., Betty Liu considers the career advice mantra, "Follow your passion," and finds it wanting.
I have made the mistake of telling people to "follow what they love and then the money will follow" because, frankly, I didn't know any better. It seemed to be what had worked for me, until I dug deeper and realized that I had done something others hadn't early on in my career.Liu works through the other permutations, and then offers a creditable solution involving a Venn Diagram and complete honesty with oneself.
The intersection of those three things allowed me to thrive in my journalist career.
- Something I liked to do (writing)
- Something that people were willing to pay me for (writing)
- Something that I was good at (writing)
Plenty of us aren't so lucky. Some may have mastered (b) and (c) but not (a) and find that after a while, all they're doing is working for a paycheck...