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Your passion may be dangerous

Is it just careless copy or do we actually believe a rockstar engineer is passionate about a fast paced environment?

Maybe we should watch out for all the passion talk. “Follow your passion” might be the worst lie we’ve been told.

The illusion of a magic moment that points to a direction that makes all the sense in the world may be just that. An illusion. There may be people (like me) who get excited about a bunch of things, every once in a while, there may be something that seems like a passion. It may fade, and then come back. 

You may get a quick start, then you get stuck. But if you liked it at first, if it liked you, that may be it. That may be one if them. 

That may be it for now.

If you liked it at first, if it liked you, that may be it.

So no, don’t follow your passion. Follow opportunity. If one of those pops up, you may get some early wins. You keep at it. Even when it’s not glamorous, even if you can’t - or don’t want to tell your friends. Even if you don’t fit in. If you liked it at first, if it liked you, that may be it.

Your place to develop. Your place to flourish. Your place to build character and find meaning. Yes, there is meaning in tough work. As there is in meaning in struggle and strain.

The place for hard work, good work, and most of all bad work. 

If you want good people, passionate people, you can do as little as care about what you’re saying. Carelessness is worse than incompetence.