Don’t ever do this to your kids
Nothing in the world pisses me off more than this statement: “Follow your passion.” This is often followed by “… and work will become play.”
Seriously. Shut up.
I am a nerd. And an intellectual badass. I honestly attempt to do/learn 3 new things a day before breakfast. I usually succeed around lunchtime. But I still do more than the average person. For example:
- I speak 5.2 languages (0.2 is Japanese. Nihongoga skoshi wakarimas!)
- I code for fun and watch Frasier. I shoot videos and photos and am pretty good at Photoshop too.
- I run my website. (That’s the set up)
- And my own FTP server, home library and local web server. (bada-boom!)
- I also play paintball and my team has represented India in the World Cup, Asia.
Anyway, the reason I’ve tooted my horn is this:
I like many things. I am good at many things too.
My interests are eclectic. My investments in them are varied. Sometimes photography is in vogue and other times it’s Arduino all the way. Right now, it’s Diablo 3 and PHP.
So, what should I do in life?
Considering my track record, I could be a professional photographer, techie, paintballer, roboticist, teacher, web admin, movie critic, polyglot and more.
That doesn’t cut it.
So, I did some soul searching. And Google searching to find this video at Study Hacks.
The gist of the video is this:
- The world doesn’t owe you anything.
- See what you can offer the world and become awesome at it.
My own extrapolation and applying it to my career:
- Find a job you’re good at.
- Then, work your ass off to become awesome. (Here, awesome is loosely defined as being at the top of your game. Feel free to set your own definition.)
- Try to cultivate passion for the job you do.
If it’s difficult for you to get passion, you can try to fake it till you make it. (Bad idea.) Honestly, if you’re unable to cultivate passion for your job, but are still awesome at it, fuck it.
And you know what? That’s perfect.