Is it really all about "Passion"?

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Anytime I hear the overly general expression, "Follow your passion", it makes me cringe a little. When I hear that expression, for some reason, I think of those cheesy romance novels where people are in a "passionate" embrace. What does it really mean to follow one's passion? Is following your passion really the answer? For me, I have learned that it's more about important to find work that you personally find fulfilling, because when we feel fulfilled and we feel that we are making a true difference in other's people's lives, that is when we are living to our greatest potential.

I'm curious what other people think about this topic...is it really about following your passion or is the key to happiness something different? What is the key to happiness to you?

-Terry
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  • Profile picture of the author TomasFH
    I believe you DO have to be passionate about your niche to provide the best quality content you can to your audience. If you're passionate about something it really does show through the actions you take.

    I think that when we don't see work as "work" anymore and enjoy "working", that is when we are happy
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  • Profile picture of the author atlantarobin
    When I was younger, I thought I wanted to be passionate about my work, so I sought to do work in those areas. Ha, ha, as I found it killed my passion for certain things trying to eak out a living in it. When I set myself free to enjoy my "passions" without having to rely on them to make money, I refound my happiness. Since then, I try to find the most efficient way to make money so it sets me free to enjoy my passions. Now I enjoy music, animals, travelling, enjoying other cultures without feeling "icky" or "salesy"... And I've learned to write on topics I don't like for the money only, because it pays for my freedom to enjoy other things. Combining the two didn't work for me.



    Just my thoughts...
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    • Profile picture of the author DoWhatWorks
      Hi atlantarobin,

      Your post made my mouth drop open because you just described exactly why I transferred out of my music major after my first year at a music conservatory. Up until going away to college, I loved playing music and it was a wonderful part of my life. Once it was my major, however, I was required to spend around 6-8 hours per day in a sound-proof, 8' x 8' practice room. After a year of this, I thought I was going to go insane and music ceased to be an enjoyable part of my life. My family could never understand why I left. After all, music was my "passion" so how could I leave such a wonderful school? After all of these years, to hear your story makes me finally realize that I'm not crazy (lol). I agree with you 1,000% in that the things we enjoy can quickly become unenjoyable once we need to do them as a way to make a living. Thank you, thank you, thank you for contributing your post to this conversation!

      -Terry


      Originally Posted by atlantarobin View Post

      When I was younger, I thought I wanted to be passionate about my work, so I sought to do work in those areas. Ha, ha, as I found it killed my passion for certain things trying to eak out a living in it. When I set myself free to enjoy my "passions" without having to rely on them to make money, I refound my happiness. Since then, I try to find the most efficient way to make money so it sets me free to enjoy my passions. Now I enjoy music, animals, travelling, enjoying other cultures without feeling "icky" or "salesy"... And I've learned to write on topics I don't like for the money only, because it pays for my freedom to enjoy other things. Combining the two didn't work for me.



      Just my thoughts...
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      • Profile picture of the author seoconsulting1
        I have read some really great books on NLP, which can help change your mind and get you into a more passionate state of mind. Ones by richard bandler are great, well worth a look. Being "unenjoyable" about something can be changed quickly, and by being in a positive state, more mositive things will come your way, its the "law of attraction". I hope this helps guys.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    Passion is a big part of the equation, and you don't have to think of it in the *******ized terms that it is often put into these days. Just do something that you like to do, or find a task that will make you money and base it on a subject that interests you.

    It really is as simple as that.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidsu
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    “Passion...
    it lies in all of us, sleeping... waiting... and though unwanted... unbidden... it will stir... open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us... guides us... passion rules us all, and we obey.

    What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love... the clarity of hatred... and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we'd know some kind of peace... but we would be hollow... Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we'd be truly dead.”

    - Joss Whedon
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  • Profile picture of the author shaynjordan
    I actually started in a field that I didn't like, I was sick of health and now I am growing to lovei t and become passionate about it.

    I love your post and I agree kind of, LOL. I think its different for everyone. I know for me, it took me forcing myself to do something to become more passionate about it.

    Another good article: Why “Follow Your Passion” is Flawed Advice – and What to Do Instead
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  • Profile picture of the author Evocess
    For a person who wants to be successful you need to be passionated and inspired to work things out.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      I agree you should be impassioned, in other words, doing something close to your heart.

      If it begins to feel like a chore, then you aren't focusing on the things that made it dear to your heart to begin with and simply need to adjust your focus.

      Sometimes, if we focus on I have to do this in order to make money rather than I love doing this and am so blessed to be able to earn an income from it, it then becomes a chore, stifling creativity.

      Have you ever heard of an artist who thinks of their pieces as a chore, or a top selling author, for instance?

      Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author lincolndesigns
    I completely agree, finding something fulfilling is a way of "following you passion." I think that setting a standard of following you passion is something that anybody deserves but in order to get there you have to go through a lot that is not as enjoyable as your dream job. It's important to learn how to find enjoyment in any job you do because that is the only way to do well and get closer to you passion.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Thread is from 2012 ...
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      • Profile picture of the author art72
        Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

        Thread is from 2012 ...
        Thanks Kay,

        Apparently, this is becoming a habitual offense by Miss lincolndesigns

        I addressed another 2012 post (by the same user above who re-activated another thread from 2012) and it's a nuisance, as many of the OP's are NOT here to respond anymore.

        Can't win, recommend the 'search button' get 100 people arguing they want new answers to 'evergreen' questions...

        Someone uses the 'search button' finds something interesting... 100 old threads from 2012 magically resurface... Due to a useless 3-line response that does nothing for the original thread, or those who then respond to a person who (in many cases) has long since left the building.

        I'm starting to think this forum is becoming more of a distraction, than a positive use of my time...

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  • Profile picture of the author greatjourneys
    Everybody who ever succeeded in life in a particular field was always passionate about it. Unless you love doing what you do, you cannot achieve (or become) better.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yusei Imafuku
    The key to happiness is to know thyself and have a crystal clear vision about the presence and the future. That is done with contemplation, a dialogue with yourself and constant realization of the surroundings. Material objects create vibrations, if you want to attract them, then tune in with those emissions by reaching a deep trance state of mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    Originally Posted by DoWhatWorks View Post

    Anytime I hear the overly general expression, "Follow your passion", it makes me cringe a little. When I hear that expression, for some reason, I think of those cheesy romance novels where people are in a "passionate" embrace. What does it really mean to follow one's passion? Is following your passion really the answer? For me, I have learned that it's more about important to find work that you personally find fulfilling, because when we feel fulfilled and we feel that we are making a true difference in other's people's lives, that is when we are living to our greatest potential.

    I'm curious what other people think about this topic...is it really about following your passion or is the key to happiness something different? What is the key to happiness to you?

    -Terry
    yeah what you said is generally what is meant by follow your passion ..

    it is not the same passion.. that leads to baby making ..its focusing on doing things in a way that they are personally rewarding just getting to do them ..and they stay rewarding even doing them 10 hours a day many ddays a week ..

    heck i have seen interviews with husbands and wives who make a living doing their thing in front of a webcame..and of course they had to put on some element of shame ..

    so i gues it is about doing those thing you can talk about without shame lol .. but if you have the odd passions..haha
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Hanney
    To me doing what you find fulfilling is your passion. Passion means different things to different people and it's easy to get tied up in how exact you see a passion. To me if you wake up every day and you know your purpose in life and what you do on a day to day basis is working towards achieving that greater purpose then you will be happy in what you are doing and working on something you are passionate about.

    As Warren Buffet would say, you should wake up and tap dance out of bed everyday! Don't live for your 4 weeks annual leave each year or for the weekend, how is that enjoying life. You should enjoy every day, do what you love and good things will come.
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