Steve Martin’s Advice for Building a Career You Love →

Cal Newport—

To simplify things, I’ll use the “passion hypothesis” to refer to the popular belief that the way to end up loving your career is to first figure out what you’re passionate about, and then pursue it (a strategy often summarized with the pithy phrase, “follow your passion.”) The more I studied this hypothesis, the more I noticed its danger. This idea convinces people that there’s a magic “right” job waiting for them, and that if they find it, they’ll immediately recognize that this is the work they were meant to do. The problem, of course, is when they fail to find this certainty, bad things follow, such as chronic job-hopping and crippling self-doubt.

Yep. And this can happen even when you find the work you were meant to do. I’ve been learning who you are is so much more than your current profession.

Steve Martin’s advice to aspiring performers—

Nobody ever takes note of [my advice], because it’s not the answer they wanted to hear. What they want to hear is “Here’s how you get an agent, here’s how you write a script,” … but I always say, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

Newport again—

If you’re not focusing on becoming so good they can’t ignore you, you’re going to be left behind. This clarity is refreshing. It tells you to stop worrying about what your job offers you, and instead worry about what you’re offering the world. This mindset–which I call the craftsman mindset-allows you to sidestep the anxious questions generated by the passion hypothesis—“Who am I?”, “What do I truly love?”—and instead put your head down and focus on becoming valuable.

This is sound advice as long as you don’t lose yourself in the process of becoming valuable. Balance. It’s all about balance.

The whole article is interesting and worth checking out.

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