Passion is a Virtue

Too often, following one’s passion is viewed as an indulgence. If you pursue what you love instead of what you’re told, you must not be serious about your career. It’s fine for some people to do so, but if the world is to function, there must be people who ignore their passions.

Not so, says Jeff Ponders II. He argues that following your passion is the best thing, not only for yourself, but for your community as well. We do our best work when we are the most engaged, so why not pursue the aspects of life that engage us the most? Not only will we be happier, we will be more productive and end up contributing more to the world around us.

At this point, we’ve all heard variations of the phrase “follow your passion” more times than we can count. So much that it’s easy to lose track of what it actually means. Passion is more than an idealistic fantasy for flighty art students. It is what drives the world, the source of our great innovations. When you devote yourself to the things that resonate the deepest, you may be surprised to see your professional life benefit as much as your personal one.

before you get back to work...

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The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking.
— Steve Jobs
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