In order to find the "secret" to living your life with passion, you are asked to buy a course, or sign up for a seminar that will set you free from the chains of living a passionless life and transform your life into an exciting, stress free, passion filled experience. Trying to keep my cynicism in check, let's just say all these passion "gurus" seem to be passionate about one dominate thing, making money. And they prey off of your seemingly bland, passionless life to advance their money making agenda. How many self promoters and snake oil salesmen do we really need on the internet selling the passionate life?
What most people fail to recognize, and I was guilty of this, is your passion and your career may be parallel paths that keep us both engaged, and employed. Rarely in life is there an all or none situation where there aren't compromises made for the greater good.
I can speak from experience on this. Having sold a very lucrative business I wasn't "passionate" about in order to seek my next fortune, I found out the hard way how difficult it is to make a really nice living. Only after it was all gone, did I retrospectively understand what a great thing I walked away from. Why? Yep, to seek my passion. And what exactly was that? Playing guitar, photography, drawing, exercise, writing...you get the picture.
How was it I didn't understand I could pursue all of those passions without leaving a lucrative position. I had weekends, days off, after hours, vacations. Did I really think that at my age( I sold at 49) I was going to be able to make a living utilizing things I was passionate about? I also never realized there were many innate talents I did utilize in my work that I didn't focus on, but rather the 20% I really disliked. Knowing what I know now (I'm 57), I'll take an 80% satisfaction rating all day long.
So, before you plan your next career move in an effort to live a passionate life, check the Department of Labor statistics on unemployment and job opportunities. You may appreciate the gift you really have (your job) and take the money you were going to give the "passion guru" to lead you to the path of unemployment, and put it in a college fund for your kids. How's that for passion?
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