The amount of times you hear people say just follow your passion and the money will follow is so cringe! Its lost all meaning. I am going to put my hand up and say I am someone who use to say this often (just have a look at my Instagram @imran_dean). So why did I stop?
The fundamental issue was that my passion was not linked to my long-term goals. What do you mean Imran?
I am going to be real honest here, let’s just assume that your passion was Tennis (like mine). You love to watch it and if you could you would play it every day, but that doesn’t mean you are going to be the next Roger Federer. I am not trying to discourage you, but my point is that this passion could just be your hobby (something that you find relaxing / therapeutic) and frankly to play tennis professionally well you would have to started when you were young with the right training both on and off the court.
Continuing with that example if your long-term goal was to have multiple houses and cars. I know it’s a materialistic desire, but if that was your goal (vain person) than pursing a career in Tennis when your in your 20s will be much harder. What you could do is take your passion for tennis and make a business out of it whether that’s through selling tennis gear or clothes.
Now that is a clear way to innovative around your passion and find a way to link it to your desires. I think this is where following your passion can lead to success when it is correctly linked to your long-term goals and desires.
I would love to give a real world life example — Elon Musk today is known for Tesla and Space X, but he started with X.com this was after he already created a successful start-up with his brother where he pocketed $22 million. With $12 million of his own money he started X.com, that later merged with Paypal and the rest you can say was history. The point is that cars and exploring outer space are quite different passions to online banking (X.com). So my point is that he didn’t just pursue his passions. They were linked to his long-term goals of making an impact. You could say if he was so passionate about online banking why did he go into electric cars and outer-space.
Well the point is that it is highly unlikely you would have one passion. So if one of your passions is more a hobby than pursue other passions where you think the outcome is linked to your long-term goals and that’s how you are going to make an impact like Elon Musk. That will give you the drive to pursue your passion beyond a pleasure and into one of mastery.
Never pursue a passion for living that is not linked to your long-term goals, keep it as a hobby. Always focus on the long-term goals.