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Why Passion Has Nothing to Do With Your Dream Job

by Andre Hospidales
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There is a common perception that a dream job has to be related to your passion in order to qualify as such.

Follow your passion and success will follow

 Follow your passion and you will never work a day in your life

For years, these clichés have been used as career advice.

People in various industries have been told to follow their passions in order to live their dreams and lead a fulfilling and successful life.

Some people are fortunate enough to be able to make a living from their passion.

Musicians, footballers, professional chess players, for example.

Passion drives them in what they do. 

But their passion is more than just a hobby.

They make their living from it.

However, these people are few and far between.

Not many of us possess talents that can serve as our passions and support our families.

The reality is, just because you have a passion for something does not make it your dream job.

For example, if you’re naturally good with numbers, then bookkeeping, Forex trading or working with spreadsheets could be your dream job.

On the other hand, you can have a passion for singing, but if you are not good at singing, then a singing job is not your dream job.

Your dream job can’t be something you’re weak at.

It wouldn’t make sense.

Day trading from home is something many people are interested in.

Are you one of them? 

Math proficiency is a must if you are.

If you do not have a natural aptitude for numbers, you may struggle. 

Your dream job cannot be based on a weakness, as previously mentioned.

You might be tempted to enrol in a course to improve a weakness in order to increase your chances of landing your coveted dream job.

I don’t recommend that. 

Various studies have shown that we grow faster when we focus on developing our strengths rather than trying to improve or “cure” our weaknesses.

People who use their strengths in their day-to-day job are also happier, less stressed, and more confident.

Therefore, we have to define what our dream job is, based on reality.

With that being said, let’s examine the key components of a dream job.

  • Since it is based on your strength, it is something you naturally excel at. You are able to complete tasks quickly and without difficulty.
  • It pays well and provides enough to support your family and live comfortably.
  • It offers opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  • You find the work engaging, enjoyable, and meaningful.
  • Thanks to the high level of skill you possess in your job, other people constantly compliment you with 5-star reviews. As a result, you become happier and more self-assured in your abilities.
  • It allows you to make a positive impact on other peoples’ lives.
  • It provides the opportunity to explore your passions and interests in your spare time.
  • It contributes to job satisfaction. It feels good every time you accomplish a task.
  • It helps you maintain a healthy work-life balance. You can live a great life with your family outside of work since it fits in with the rest of your life.
  • The work challenges you, and when you overcome the challenges you feel great. Since you are naturally good at your job, there is no challenge you won’t be able to handle.

Wrapping up

Rather than “following our passion”, let’s flip the script.

Here is more practical career advice:

Discover your natural talents and use them as the foundation of your dream career.

When you have a job that allows you to use your strengths each day, you’re more likely to live out your dreams.

Instead of:

Follow your passions, and success will follow

How about:

Figure out what you’re good at, and success will follow

It’s possible to follow your passion as a hobby or interest outside of your primary (dream) job.

You do not have to make it your career.

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