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More On Why Just Following Your Passion Might Not Be Enough

Hey, there!

Awhile ago, I published an post for my clients and students about why I’ve stopped giving the advice, “Just follow your passion.”

And I got a lot of response from that article, some of which was supportive, some not so much.

I recently watched a TEDx talk on the subject. And it was fascinating. Here it is.

Actually, the full piece of advice was “Just follow your passion, and the money will follow you.”

The main reason I’ve stopped saying that is because just following your passion without preparing properly to do that, simply isn’t enough.

And just like when you buy a new car, and you begin to notice a lot more of that car on the road, I’ve begun to notice a lot more people jumping on the “Follow your passion after you’ve done the necessary work to make that passion-following effective” bandwagon.

Check this out. It’s called Don’t Just Follow Your Passion: A Talk for Generation Y: Eunice Hii at TEDxTerryTalks 2012:

Some takeaways I loved:

“Follow your passion, but make sure you do the work.”

“Follow your passion, but don’t count on it being your work.”

“Follow your passion, but remember that following your passion is a privilege.”

“Follow your passion, but follow it with gratitude.”

“Your vocation is where your passion meets the world’s greatest need.”

All excellent extensions of that sage piece of advice.

Thoughts? Let me know in the comments below.

Hope this helps!

David

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  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    David

    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    David,
    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!
    Shirley

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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