If you look for advice on how to be successful and make it as an entrepreneur, you'll soon encounter "follow your passion", "do what you love most", "dream big and go after your dreams" and other variations of this same idea.
For the most part, this is awful advice. Often given by people who are either delusional or just happened to get lucky themselves.
In today's post, let's take a look at why the idea of following your passion fails and why swinging too far the other way is also not the right solution.
For today's post, the bulk of my message is in the video. One thing I want to add to this is Oliver Emberton's excellent article about passion and all the ways we get it wrong.
He makes a point I only hinted at in the video and makes it more eloquently than I ever could I highly recommend you read his work.
Update: a day after publishing this post I came across a video by a Romanian animation artist called Andrei Terbea which beautifully illustrates the point about needing to combine your passion with work ethic and business savvy. Check it out:
Here are a few other resources and references:
Let me know what your thoughts on this topic are, by leaving a comment below.
I'm the founder of ActiveGrowth and Thrive Themes and over the last years, I've created and marketed a dozen different software, information and SaaS products. Apart from running my business, I spend most of my time reading, learning, developing skills and helping other people develop theirs. On ActiveGrowth, I want to help you become a better entrepreneur and product creator. Read more about my story here.
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