I hate it when a truth get’s lost in the shuffle, diluted or dissed. And I see so many folks getting soured and disillusioned with the constant influx of hype on:
- “Follow your passions!”
- “Find your calling!”
- “Know your purpose!”
- “Follow your dreams!”
Two days ago my friend Jeff Jones (drummer for Big Daddy Weave) sent me a blog from biz celebrity Mark Cuban titled “Don’t follow your passion, follow your effort”. He knew it would rile me up. Truthfully it just saddens me. If your goal is money and power and the American Dream and you’d rather not get into the introspective, meaningful, heart realities of existence, you’ll dig it. Otherwise, you may throw up a little in your mouth like I did.
Then yesterday my friend Jon Dale (co-founder of Moolala) posted a blog on Facebook from a friend of his, Aaron McHugh, titled “Passion and the probability of success”. It’s solid! But I fear too easy to discount in the sea of content on the subject.
Can we just be real together, you and me? Use some logic and common sense and dispel with the hype and overused verbiage?
Have you ever done something you were good at, but didn’t care about? How’d that go for you? Then, ever do something you truly cared about? Not something that was merely fun, but something you fervently believed in?
Look, for the sake of my family’s welfare, if their provision rides on it and you give me something I’m competent in to do, I’ll do it. I’ll work hard, do it well, get the job done, maybe even excel a bit. And for a good while. But there is a cost when your heart isn’t invested in the task that you do day in and day out over a long period of time. That is just truth. Other parts of me will decline and they will manifest in multiple ways, and my family will be affected by it. If you disagree, then share. State your case. But I’ve done a lot of things, and I’ve walked with countless numbers of people and I know of what I speak here.
You give me something I care about though? Something I believe in? I’ll endure hell to see it through, and though I may be tired at the end of the day, my heart, soul and mind will be inspired, alive and tireless! I’ll change the world and bring others with me.
Again…two tasks. One you care about, one you don’t. Which are you going to do better at over the long haul? It’s simple math.
Why then, except for a short spell if you’re in survival mode, would you devote yourself long term to a task you don’t care about?
Show me a current or historical person that has made the world a better place, inspired others to positive things, and been a true blessing in the lives of anyone…and I’ll show you someone who devoted themselves to a vocation they truly care about. Were ‘Passionate’ about. Felt ‘Called’ to. Found ‘Purpose’ in. Fulfilled the ‘Dream’ of their heart.
What say you?!
*Photo of Jon Dale and myself in the early Moolala offices. Jon cares about his work!
Free Agent Underground Show – “Sick of Passions, Calling, Purpose, Dreams?”