It is always worth following your passion

Should you really follow your passion?

When it comes to choosing a career or planning your own career, we keep hearing this one “golden” piece of advice:

Follow Your Passion!

This “follow your passion” sounds a little more subdued in German. The colloquial term here is “turning your hobby into a profession”.

American authors in particular carry the above principle like a monstrance, sometimes in variations such as “Hell yeah” or the like. You have to imagine the process somewhat like the biblical transformation of water into wine. If you indulge your passion passionately enough, success will come automatically. A logical consequence, almost a law of nature.

What if it doesn't work? Then your passion was probably not strong enough. You just didn't believe in yourself enough and didn't pay attention to the twin brother of “Follow Your Passion”:

Never give up!

That this success strategy works is proven by the many success stories based on the pattern “from dishwasher to millionaire” in which American history is so rich. There are enough examples.

What is often overlooked, however, is that the number of successful cases is offset by an even larger number of unsuccessful examples. Anyone who points out this fact is not a small-minded curmudgeon, rather he / she may just not have fallen into the trap of the “failure of survival”.

So what to do Are your own interests (or passions) now unimportant for your career choice or career aspiration? No, by no means, but you should critically examine this strategy with a few questions, as Heather Pole thinks: Don’t Know How to Balance Your Dream With Reality? Ask Yourself These 7 Questions. Your questions are:

  1. There are only a Passion or others too?
  2. Am I good enough to differentiate myself from the other competitors?
  3. Is it realistic to turn my passion into a job?
  4. Do I understand the business logic of the industry associated with my passion?
  5. Can I use my passion elsewhere?
  6. Will I be able to hold out for a reasonable amount of time if I choose this career path?
  7. Would it still be my passion if I had to earn my daily bread with it?

These questions shouldn't discourage you. Rather, they should lead to a realistic assessment of the possibilities. So be honest with yourself. Don't be too self-critical, but don't be too euphoric either.

You have already noticed that the questions are closed questions that should be supplemented with open questions if necessary. For example, if you answered yes to question 6, you should also ask yourself: What exactly do I have to do now to ensure that I can hold out long enough?

The colleague and author Svenja Hofert, whom I greatly appreciate, wrote an article on her blog that is worth reading some time ago: Follow your interests and you will find your way? Not always.

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