Don’t follow your passion, follow your values and jump at opportunities

An attempt to improve Newport’s soundbite.

We are, of course, a sound bite culture. So if we hope to discard “follow your passion” as a trope, we need to summarize the [Mike] Roweian view of the world with something similarly pithy. In recognition of this reality, I’ll end my discussion here with an attempt to satisfy this demand…

Don’t follow your passion, let it follow you in your quest to become useful to the world.

Cal Newport
Why ‘Follow Your Passion’ Is Bizarre Advice

I can’t say whether this is correct, but my version sticks in my head better. “Don’t follow your passion, follow your values and jump at opportunities.”

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12 Responses to Don’t follow your passion, follow your values and jump at opportunities

  1. Edenist whackjob says:

    It fits his TT psyche. Not sure if for everyone. Ie Trump says to follow passion in his book.

  2. Edenist whackjob says:

    I would say: do what makes your ideomotor loop hum. Whether that’s passion (innate talent + predilection for liking + flow) or NewportIan Deep Work (heavy investment in internalization of cognitive capital leading to eventual career satisfaction) or Koanic style koans based on holy war and forbidden lore or something else.

  3. Edenist whackjob says:

    Btw, doing a write-up of leicafrog?

  4. Pellegri says:

    Yours also has the advantage of being less kludgy. The parallel construction (don’t follow->follow is “more parallel” than don’t follow->let it follow, anyway) is an advantage.

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