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Good Answer is to “Follow Your Passion”

“Following Your Passion” Is A Good Answer!

        This is a special blog family. I recently had to read two articles for English Composition class. Yes, I’m back in school after just graduating last year. This is a beginning point to the conversation I want to start. I had to read two different articles for English Composition and the subject I picked was “Following Your Passion” the best answer if someone asked you about how to choose a career path. I want to know your opinion about if “following or finding your passion”, is the right answer. I believe is it the right answer, but it is mandatory to practice your Self-Care routine regularly to go down that path.

What surprised me was both articles were against “Following your passion” because it leads the person to negative mental and emotional effects. In the article, “Find Your Passion” is Awful Advice by Olga Khazan, Paul O’Keefe an assistant professor at NUS college, stated that, “Finding Your passion left some students misplaced in their classes and having an emotional effect on their studies. “That means that if you do something that feels like work, it means you don’t love it.” He gave me the example of a student who jumps from lab to lab, trying to find one whose research topic feels like her passion. “It’s this idea that if I’m not completely overwhelmed by emotion when I walk into a lab, then it won’t be my passion or my interest.” (para 7). In Michel Bohanes’ article, “Following Your Passion” Is Dead-Here’s What to Replace It With, he stated “following your passion” is a too emotional phrase that may lead to disappointment when challenges arise. Both articles agree that it is emotionally and mentally damaging to follow or find your passion. I think this would be less damaging if the person practices Self-Care regularly. Self-Care will help the person to be more emotionally and mentally grounded. Self-Care can help in coping with disappointment in a healthy way as well as nurturing the person through that healing process. Practicing Self-Care will also strengthen self-esteem as well as strengthen the ability to make solid decisions.

Khazan‘s and Bohanes’ articles both agree to develop your passion instead of finding or following your passion. Bohanes’ article states, “Developing your passion is more exciting and positive than following your passion.” I believe if we start Self-Care and passion development in early childhood phases so that the young adult will be more solid and grounded on their passion when they have to make those big career path decisions. Practicing Self-Care will allow the person to recognize positive phrases, energy and how to set boundaries from negative people, places and things. A regular Self-Care routine practice will also help the person to nurture themselves when it is time to let go of what no longer serves you.

Family, how do you feel about following or finding your passion? Do you agree with Khazan and Bohanes articles that express the negative side of choosing your passion for you career path? Do you think that proper Self-Care practice and early childhood grooming and develop would help young adults when it is time for them to choose their career path? Let’s talk about it. Please feel free to comment below this post.


Khazan, O. (2018, July 12). “Find Your Passion” Is Awful Advice.The Atlantic. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/07/find-your-passion-is-terrible-advice/564932/

Bohanes, M. (2018, July 8). “Following Your Passion” Is Dead-Here’s What to Replace It With. Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/michalbohanes/2018/07/05/following-your-passion-is-dead-heres-what-to-replace-it-with/#5e7242087f83

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