When I was in high school I remember someone, someone successful, getting on stage and telling us to follow our passions.
My passion was playing Xbox.
”Any passion but Xbox,” they said.
But I didn’t have any other passions. I got home from school at 3:30 pm and played Xbox until 11:00 pm (sometimes later). Then I’d wake up at 8:00 am and be at school by 8:30 am and talk to my friends about Xbox. We had the number 1 team in all of Australia.
I wasn’t the best player but I was good at making strategies. I organised the team.
Then it was time to go to university.
I remembered the advice, follow your passion. Turns our you couldn’t study Xbox at university.
I failed my first two years. Still thinking of the advice. Follow your passion.
Where was this passion? I was waiting for it to arrive.
Along with university, I was working out at the gym, getting good at it. Competing in different competitions. I enjoyed it.
I kept doing it and kept getting better. It became a passion.
But it didn’t start out that way. It started as an interest. Then the key was I got better at it. As I improved the passion started to grow.
Follow your passion is poor advice to those who don’t have a passion.
So what’s better?
Get good at something.
Follow an interest and see if you can improve at it. Make it a challenge to be better than you were last month.
The better you get at something, the more chance you have of a passion growing.
It’s hard to be passionate about something you suck at.
When your skill grows and the passion starts to evolve, then it’s time to follow it.