Answer by Colin Shillingford:

Telling people to follow their passion is bad advice.

Spotted a great video lecture just this morning on 99U:

Cal Newport: "Follow Your Passion" Is Bad Advice

"American culture is obsessed with the idea that we need to find our “passion” in order to be happy and successful. But there’s a problem: “It’s an astonishingly bad piece of advice,” says best-selling author Cal Newport. We have no pre-existing passion. Instead, passion is found by first building a rare and valuable talent and using it to take control of your career path. In other words, be so good and work so hard that no one can ignore you."

I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Newport. I've been realizing more and more often lately just how true what he is saying really is.

Passion should be a by-product of working towards the pursuit of a skill (or skill set), IMO.

Telling people to follow their passions (without any other advice or guidance) simply sends them on a dream chase which may be more harmful to their careers in the long-term.

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