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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Put in the Work and the Passion Will Come

I recently heard an interesting concept that sort of goes against even what I have come to beleive is true. And that is you discover your passion after you put in the work for what you are involved in. In the 1940's and 50's, the idea of "follow your passion" started circulating around and American culture bought into that notion. The interesting thing is that hardly anyone knows what their passion is when just starting out in life (you are super blessed if you're one of the rare few). Author of So Good They Can't Ignore You (click the link to watch his talk on it), Cal Newport, stated (I'm paraphrasing) we sort of stumble into our passion as we hone our skills and build up the career capital necessary to become an expert. He postulated that that is when passion for what we do is born. It first starts with an interest, that interest turns into hours and hours of practice, and then we cross over into the threshold of passion. A very interesting idea.

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