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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Dont follow your passion, Follow your curiosity

don't follow your passion

" Following your passion" is a very popular subject that is being taught to us by successful men and women, and read in quotes and written about in millions of books, but what if I told you that your concept of following your passion has always been wrong.

"'follow your passion' is easily the worst advice you could ever give or get,"- Mark Cuban.

Now don't get me wrong, I am not telling you that following your passion is impossible or what your mentors or successful people have been teaching you are complete rubbish, it's just most times we don't dig deeper to understand what they are really talking about.

Now these are some reasons why following your passion won't work out for you based on how you feel about it.


1. Passion is all you need.

Now this is one misconception we all get about following our passion, we believe that because we are about following our passions all other things will fall into place for us and this is not true.

 If starting a business or being an entrepreneur is your passion, you have to start thinking about getting the major skills that are necessary for being an entrepreneur and you may not like all of them. Its the same for someone that starts a career based on the person's passion in any field. Every field is made up of different skills and challenges that are necessary to excel in them, and you may not like all the skills or be able to cope with all the challenges you will be required to face in these fields.

2 . Your passion aren't worth a nickel.

This is actually a quote from billionaire Mark Cuban, and its one I totally agree with. If we carry a pen and paper and write down problems we can solve with our passion, or opportunities we can create for ourselves with our passion, almost all of us will come up with a blank sheet, and when there are no problems to solve or opportunities to be created, there is no room for making money.

Also remember i am writing this post based on the concept of you creating a business and becoming financially independent and not based on pursuing a job career like in a field like sports where you can probably make billions too but you won't have that freedom that comes with owing your own business.

3. The things we like can change over time.

There is a high probability that you won't still enjoy the things you do now in the next 5 to 7 years. What we are interested in over a particular period of time can change, if we look back to things we enjoyed about 5 years ago we'll see they are totally different from what we enjoy now. If that was the case I would have created a business or career off playing video games.


I have given you three reasons why following your passion is a very crappy idea, if you agree with me, you can continue reading this post to find out what you should actually follow to have that fulfillment you have always been looking for, if not you can go and check out another site that tells you to follow your passion without actually explaining how.

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” - Albert Einstein,

You don't need to follow your passion to find fulfillment in life and in your business. The feeling you get from following your passion is nice, its like having a one night stand, but if you can leave your passion for once and start following that thing you know you spend most of your time on and you are really curious about, you will end up building your passion from there. 

If we study most of the successful entrepreneurs we see in the world today we will find out that most of them had no idea what they were doing when they started, they just saw a business opportunity or gap in the market and followed it up. Most times a business opportunity means trying out something new.

So to follow up on the reasons I gave about why following your passion is a bad idea, I will be giving you some things you should do to find your passion in whatever you are doing now or how to just go and find your passion.

"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you"- Oprah Winfrey.


1. Don't become complacent.

Most of us are still looking for our passion even though we have started successful businesses. When we stop learning new things or stop meeting new challenges we start getting bored. 

Most of us fear change or new challenges. The truth is its those challenges we learn from and those things we learn after we already know all that makes our life interesting and also give our life meaning. From now,try to explore and think of new ways to expand your business, and keep learning new skills to improve your business. In essence, CHALLENGE YOURSELF.

2. What do you spend your free time on.

You can tell what a person really enjoys from what they spend their free time on. Even though we spend time on video games and social media and a lot of junk. During our spare time we still spend on things that matter too. It's now left for us to know those things we spend our time on and know how we can transform them into business opportunities.

3. What are You curious about.

"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you" -Oprah Winfrey

 Human beings are curious organism. Being a human is more than just having the body of one. Taking away curiosity from us is like taking away humanity. Curiosity is like a fling and may cause us to be impulsive. They can also be temporary or cause us to be more enduring. Pursuing our curiosities can give us a life purpose and also give us a sense of fulfillment.

4. Do what successful people DO and not what they say.

When it comes to following your passion, I believe you should really get to know about that successful person and learn how they started before you practice what they preach. Most successful people start businesses based on nothing related to the degree's they got in school, neither did they start businesses based on their hobbies and interests at that particular point in time.

"You've got to find what you love, don't settle" - Steve Jobs.

This quote is from one of the greatest men to ever walk this planet, Steve Jobs. This man got fascinated with computers when he was interested in Buddhism, meditation and mysticism. But when he saw the opportunity in computers, he grabbed the opportunity and cultivated his passion from there.


To conclude, Just follow those things You are curious about, when you learn new things and get good at them, you start becoming passionate about them. You feel good about yourself when you know someone can pay you money for that particular thing you know you are very good at, and that is the beginning of cultivating passion. Start giving your curiosity attention. Most times attention and passion mean the same things.

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5 comments:

  1. Cool post bro, your post opened my eyes to what has been holding me back for a very long time, i appreciate thanks for sharing

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  2. wow, this is a new angle to view things, what of if i have passion for sports. For example: I want to be a footballer

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    1. Then you should just follow that, this article is for entrepreneurs that want to start a business, and it can also be applied to some jobs but not sports.

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  3. This article is an eye opener. Off late there are numerous mentions about ‘follow your passion’. This article provides the alternate view point.

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