This week I was talking to someone about jobs and careers and making money. She said that she thinks you should really only pursue a career (or way to make money) that you are passionate about.
Passionate about fish? Pursue a career that puts you in your passion.
Passionate about art? Pursue a career in art.
Passionate about helping kids? Pursue a career that has to do with kids.
Passionate about grass? Pursue a career in grass.
But wait… what if you are really talented at, and have a knack for, something else?
What if you are a master negotiator?
I have a friend who is a brilliant strategist, and a master negotiator. He was born to negotiate.
But he is very, very passionate about Jiu Jitsu. Seriously passionate. Obsessed.
So, should he continue his very successful career as a business executive, in strategy and negotiation and sales and marketing (which he is brilliant at), or should he pursue a career in Jiu Jitsu? (let’s assume he loves Jiu Jitsu way more than his day job, and his day job might be kind of boring (I don’t know, just presenting a scenario).
Here’s my take: pursuing your passion is great. But, it might not make the most sense financially. Many people have a successful career in something they are good at, even though they might not be passionate about, but they can pursue their passions outside of work.
What do you think? Do you advise people to follow their passions when making career decisions, or is it more complex than that?