Do what you’re good at, the passion will follow.

The phrase “Do what you love, the money will follow” has sent many people chasing unrealistic dreams and feeling lost when they don’t come true. Maybe you love playing baseball, but there are very few of us who have the ability to actually turn that passion into a successful career. On the flip side, finding something that you are good at, and that you enjoy well enough, has a better chance of turning into something great. As you develop your ability and become more skillful, you are likely to enjoy it more and more, you may even become passionate about it.

Take action: Make a list of about 20 things that you are good at, such as analytical thinking, socializing, planning, or creating. Ask people who know you to help – they may see strengths in you that you under appreciate. Then circle the ones that you enjoy doing long term, as in you could happily do it daily, for years. Take what stands out and think about what project you could work on with these skills. Start small and grow your ability in that area, if your passion starts to follow, keep going. If you don’t like it, tweak it and try again, and again until you feel you’re on a good path.

Inspired by Cal Newport’s book: So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Thought starter: Are you doing what you love? Did you love it from the start?

2 Replies to “Do what you’re good at, the passion will follow.”

  1. Do what you love, the money will follow.
    About 50 years ago I chose between two passions. My children or my art. Naturally my family came first. For decades the joy of nurturing fulfilled me. My creative passion was dormant but waiting to reappear. I painted occasionally when time permitted. Today I am a retiree and have spare time. I shyly posted a sign at my house “Art Gallery”. A little curiosity and pleasant comments from people but not many sales. I wanted to sell my work. What do people want? Slightly embarrassed I posted another sign “Portraits Painted”. I am overjoyed to discover that God gave me a talent that can be enjoyed, not only by me, but also by others. Today customers happily take away my paintings of their family members, pets, and houses or businesses.

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