I hear it all the time. “I finally found my passion and its this, and thats why I’m starting this blog/business.” Listen, I’m going to give it to you straight. If you just found your passion, it’s probably NOT your passion. The word passion gets thrown around way too much these days. I get it. So many smart people out there are telling you to find your passion and do it. But seriously, when I hear someone tell me that line above, all I’m thinking in my mind is, “That’s not your passion, you don’t have one”.
I’ve met people who have passion. My cofound Aldrine is a great example of someone who is passionate about what he does. He’s been playing music since he was a kid and the passion he has for the ukulele is all consuming. Not only can he talk about literally any aspect of the ukulele for hours he also spends an ungodly amount of time practicing the ukulele (although these days I don’t think he practices nearly as much as before). It’s this passion that has allowed him to become one of the premier ukulele players in the WORLD and why so many people watch and learn from our tutorial videos. When you watch one of our videos with Aldrine teaching you some small little technique about the ukulele, you can literally feel his excitement coming out of your computer screen. Doing something with the ukulele is a dream job and you can tell he’s not in for just a paycheck. In fact, he didn’t get paid at all for 3 years.
The same way Aldrine is about music, I feel about entrepreneurship. I love entrepreneurship, all aspects of it and I can talk about it forever. I read things and listen to things about it everyday. Ask my wife (and the fact that she puts up with it and hasn’t filed for divorce means its true love). I’m testing my own theories in my own businesses and constantly honing what I consider my craft. My idea of a fantastic day is meeting another entrepreneur and talking shop and learning something that I can add to my tool box. May not even be something I need at the time, but just something I can whip out like batman when the time comes.
The reality is, most people never find their passion. Why? Because most people aren’t passionate people. To have a passion for something, you need to be a little crazy. A passion is something that consumes your entire life and most people honestly don’t want that. They want to enjoy their weekends. Passionate people are not balanced people. There’s a reason why there are only a few Tiger Woods(es?), Richard Bransons, Kanye Wests. Its just not normal. So when normal people tell me they finally found their passion, what they’re actually saying is, “I found something that is fun and I’m kind of interested in right now.” Who knows, maybe it will turn out it actually is your passion, but if you just found it you have no way of knowing. So stop calling it your passion.
In the end, it’s ok to be normal. Despite what so many successful people preach, it’s ok not have a passion, its not a prerequisite for success or happiness, it just means you’re going to have to work harder. See the only advantage people who have passion have is that when they are working, it doesn’t feel like work. So even if you don’t have a passion in life it’s ok, if you can learn to put your head down and just work as hard as you can, you’ll be fine. You can fake your passion.
There is a caveat to this diatribe or sorts and that is that I think there are many people out there that already know their passion yet are not pursuing it. Maybe they had a parent who pushed them into a field or maybe they are afraid that they won’t be able to make ends meet with the passion. These people may live their entire lives with a mask on. They spend their entire working career pretending to be something that they think the world wants them to be. STOP DOING THAT SHIT.
If you have a passion it is your OBLIGATION to pursue it. If it’s truly a passion there is no way you can fail. The world loves those who love what they do. If you are a lucky one who already knows their passion in life do it. The rest of the world wishes they could be you.