Follow Your…What?

JoAnn KawamotoFollow Your Passion!” Throughout the years, this advice is a well-worn one in the world of careers.

The assumption is personal passion will motivate an individual to focus on a career goal and sustain him or her until it is attained. It’s a step by step planning, preparation and growth phases, which could take years. As we all know, anything of value is worth working for.

However, what if a person is passionate about many things? How would they choose? Once a choice was made and the passion wanes, should they still continue on the same path or find another passion to pursue? Should the pursuit of a career last only as long as the passion?

Conversely, if there is no passion about any specific career? Does one sit and wait for it to occur…or perhaps continually search the world of work until a passion is found? What if it never comes? Does one just exist in a joyless job?

There must be another perspective, a more robust paradigm to be considered. How about the one offered by the successful businessman, Mark Cuban, on his blog, “Blog Maverick” in which he proposes, “Don’t follow your passion, follow your effort.”

Cuban had observed that when one monitors how and where he or she spent time or effort, this proved to be a better indicator of success in finding one’s path than passion alone. Time is considered a most valuable commodity. So if one spends a lot of time and effort in becoming good at something, he or she will find that this excellence leads to success and enjoyment…and passion.

Hence Effort becomes the motivator and Passion is the end result…an interesting proposal.

JoAnn Kawamoto is a Workforce Solutions Regional Facilitator in the Houston – Galveston area, conducting job skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region. She applies her B.Ed. and over 10 years of workforce development experience, HR, education, employment, training and contract management to assist potential employees identify, refine & connect with employers.

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