Where have I seen this advice before?
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May 30, 2014
Any advice shouldn't be followed blindly. If you do, then the right advice for you is "Don't be stupid".

Scott and Marc have really just found a convoluted way of saying just that.
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May 29, 2014
I don't think "don't follow your passion" is any better advice than "follow your passion". I think better advice is "recognize whether your passion is likely to be a viable career". As Tony Robbins put it, everyone should do something they're passionate about, and maybe for you that will be a hobby.
May 29, 2014
Mike Rowe gave a very similar response to a letter about someone trying to find a job that matched their passions;
May 29, 2014
My daughter deliberately chooses NOT to work doing the things she loves. She reasons that if she is **forced** to do something, day in and day out, for years, she'll get sick of it, that it will become a chore, and will no longer be what she loves. She doesn't want to lose the passion she has for it, so will keep it an avocation, not a vocation.

I can't decide if this is wise or not.

May 29, 2014
Mr. Milner has it right. If you can REALISTICALLY make your passion your livelihood, great. But otherwise, find a day job that allows you to pursue it.

The real trick is finding work that agrees with you. That is, something approximately matched to your abilities that you don't actually hate.

It's easy (and sometimes necessary) to say you can get used to anything for enough money, but if you spend all your off hours trying to scrub it out of your brain you're working at a loss.
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May 28, 2014
My issue with "follow your passion" in addition to the cogent points you make in your book is that college students have no way of knowing whether they will enjoy a particular field.

Graphic Design is a horrible choice for most artistically inclined individuals - because the typical graphic design position is all about understanding and interpreting other people's business objectives - something your average artist is not well suited to do.

The skills and personality required to succeed (and be happy) in various jobs are not easily discerned from the outside. Plus a job that is miserable in one company - could be highly rewarding in another simply because the culture is supportive and collaborative in one place, but petty and cut-throat in another.
May 28, 2014
[You're confusing your confusion with my passion. -- Scott]

Now I AM confused. LOL.
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May 28, 2014
People say you should turn your hobby into your business. My feeling is the quickest way to ruin a perfectly good hobby is to turn it into a business. Passion is another story. Typically a person who sucks at math will be a whiz at geometry if geometry is a necessary ingredient to accomplish a task that deeply interests that person. That's how I define passion and everyone has it buried in themselves somewhere. The secret sauce is simply a matter of whether or not you can glean opportunities from whatever it is that lights your fire. Some people are better at finding and capitalizing on opportunities than others. Those that have that knack will usually be successful.
May 28, 2014
We totally haven't seen it on your blog before Scott. There's no way you talked about how your passion usually follows your success and that your success in the long run is determined by setting up the right processes. So there's no possible way you've talked about being really passionate about something is more of a reward for finding eventual success from those earlier processes.

No sir.
May 28, 2014
Marc Andreessen should write a book on success with that kind of career advise and how he became successful despite his many failures like Netscape.
May 28, 2014
Good thing you're not passionate about the electricity from air thingie. You might have to write a new book.

[You're confusing your confusion with my passion. -- Scott]
May 28, 2014
I've been saying "Follow your dreams, but get a job to pay the bills."

In fact, get several jobs. I don't mean work 20 hours a day - I mean, develop ways of generating multiple sources of income, so there's enough steady income to pay your bills and follow your dream.
May 28, 2014
Well, I've been saying it for years. Are you eavesdropping on my work conversations again?
May 28, 2014
I think it was Adam Scott's character on an episode of Parks & Rec ;-)
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