Ever since the "new" rise of the internet and the overnight billion dollar "app" company there has been this explosion of interest and romanticism around entrepreneurship and the "lean" start ups.
In addition, technology has offered up the opportunity for the "individual" to launch, own, and operate a legitimate 7 plus figure business from her lap top any where in the world.
While all of these things are great, they have given rise to the popular rise of the notion that one can and should follow their passion.
Working 9 to 5 for "the man" is now seen as almost "selling out" or lazy.
Now, don't get me wrong; I am a huge proponent for owning one's own business and launching out living and working on your own terms.
What I take issue with is the over hyped propaganda that is being preached around "just find and follow your passion," advise.
Here's what I have to say about it:
In his book, So Good They Can't Ignore You, Georgetown University professor Cal Newport expresses a two important problems with the "follow your passion" advise:
1. It assumes that people have a pre-existing passion they can identify and use to make career decisions. However, most people have no idea what they want to do and can end up feeling lost.
2. It makes the assumption that if you really like something, then you'll really like doing it for a job. "We don't have much evidence that's true," says Newport. "If you really study people with meaning and passion in their work, it has little to do with whether the topic of their job matches their pre-existing passions."
My point is this article is "follow your passion" is incomplete advise. It should be one of three criteria that, when combined, can lead one to experiencing a more rewarding and fulfilling career.
Here's what I propose instead:
Find Your Sweet Spot!
I propose that instead of following your passion, that you find your sweet spot! Your sweet spot is the intersection between what you "love" to do, what you are wired to do, and what a lot of other people are willing to pay you to do.
Once you discover your sweet spot, you'll be better able to identify opportunities within an organization or out in the marketplace where you can position your strengths as desirable solutions to other people's problems.