Don’t Follow Your Passion, It’s What’s Holding You Back

Passion helps fuel our wants and desires, coaxing us into believing that if we feel emotionally charged about something, we will be able to make a difference. But in reality, possessing passion by itself is not enough. In a perfect world, there should be a careful balance of logic, realism, and this internal fire all wrapped into one nice little bundle for us to use in order to help accomplish our goals. We need to reframe the way we think about such things and craft actual steps to assist us in finding true purpose.

Key Takeaways:

  • Your passion is often the cause of your failure.
  • Passion that’s ego only is self-absorption at the expense of reality.
  • The critical work you want to do will require, not passion, but your deliberate, patient efforts.

“Passion typically masks a weakness. Its breathlessness and impetuousness and franticness are poor substitutes for discipline, for mastery, for strength and purpose and per­severance.”