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To start with, I’m not going to be posting anymore fiction here.  It’s obvious (at least to me) I have no talent for it. so you won’t have to suffer with any of that drivel in the future.  That being said, here is some “drivel” of a different sort.  To wit:


       Find your PassionWe’ve been hearing this advice, doled out by business leaders, successful artists and entrepreneurs, for years.  “Do what you love, the money will follow”, they tell us, or “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”  Jeffrey Katzenberg (yes, that, Pixar, Jeffrey Katzenberg) thinks we should stop (at least temporarily) following our dreams.

          Addressing an audience of several hundred at  the Milken Global Conference in Los Angeles recently, Katzenberg said, business leaders “talk to kids today about following your dreams, but I’m not actually sure that’s such a great idea.  How about follow your skill?” he asked, then added, “I believe every human being does something great.  Follow that thing you’re really good at and that may become your passion.”  Here was a successful business leader, one of the “movers and shakers” of the film industry telling hundreds of people, “don’t follow your passion”.  I was stunned.

          At first, it sounded as though he was saying, “forget passion, get a job”.  But then I thought about it for a couple of minutes and I realized he was really explaining, in a very succinct way, how to find your passion.  It starts by being good at something; and everybody is good at something.  It’s in developing the skills that enable us to do what we’re good at that allows us to find that passion, that joie de vie that urges us from “good” to “great”.  There are other advantages to developing skills.

          Unless you’re independently wealthy, with no need to generate an income (and I don’t know of anyone in that situation, especially in today’s economy), the necessity of “gainful employment” is one that can’t be overlooked.  Skills are marketable: passion, not so much.  You may be passionate about climate change or painting or marine biology or baseball; or all of them for that matter. No one said you can’t be passionate about more than one thing. But it you don’t possess the skills necessary to pursue those passions, it’s unlikely you’ll find employment in any field other than fast food. 

(Thanks to gapingvoid for the graphic)



Written by stevewthomas

May 6, 2014 at 12:43 pm

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  1. Excellent post. Develop your skills and the passion will follow. It’s a cycle. As your skills grow, so does your confidence. Skills – passion – confidence – repeat.

    Mike Thomas

    May 10, 2014 at 8:51 am

    • Mike, thanks so much for the comment. I agree it is a process, and one that should be encouraged and developed. Passion does not spring full-blown from. . .wherever, it is nurtured, Often, when we find something of interest, we fail to delve into the subject examining it only in a cursory way, then move on to something else. You can’t develop passion, or even an abiding interest, without deeply engaging in something. You have to trust the process.
      Thanks, again, for the comment. It’s nice to know somebody is paying attention.


      May 10, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      • I posted it on LinkedIn and good a few ‘likes’ and comments. It also got favorited on Twitter. More folks read it than you think. (It’s nice when it happens, but don’t let it drive why you post).

        Mike Thomas

        May 11, 2014 at 2:10 pm

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