Follow your passions is the dumbest advice ever

What you love and what you do doesn’t have to be the same thing.

Sometimes it’s possible to be really good at something, be paid well for it, but not _love it_.

It’s possible for that thing that you’re really good at to _not_ be how you want to be remembered.

It doesn’t mean that you hate it – it’s just not what you love doing, and not what gets you out of bed in the morning.

Most businesspeople are not prepared to accept this as a possibility: it’s apparently not enough to give your life, your soul, your best years to the man, you’ll damn well love doing it too.

Even if what you happen to be paid to do is put numbers into a spreadsheet, send email spam, or make coffee.

It’s bullshit. It’s a squalid existence and in 15 years they’ll regret those years of writing “passionate about [work thing]” in their Twitter bio and living someone else’s life.

All of that time feigning being “passionate about [work thing]” could have been productively spent being actually passionate about something else.

An alternative – take the capitalist system at face value, get paid an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, and use that to fund what you really love doing.

You don’t have to _love_ or be _passionate about_ work. Both of those are constructs designed to make you give more of yourself than the employer is entitled to take.

Do what you do, do it well, and use it to fund something you really enjoy. The rest is fluff designed to keep you in your box.

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