Passion is for fruits


People say you have to follow your passion. Everybody says that. I swear, I almost saw a 15 mo. old baby saying that one time. Just kidding, but you get my point. 

I don't want to be cynical, and some people might say I'm far too young to conclude this, but I think passion is one of the most overrated and misused terms out there. Why? because it draws people's attention and is very good at taking money from their pocket. 

I think most people, including me are led to think that there's some magical thing called passion that helps them get out of their bed, with excitement. But what are the odds of people waking up so excited in the morning because they can't help but think about XX? I'd say for most people, the first thing that comes to their mind is... WHERE IS MY FREAKIN COFFEE!

We are also led to believe really really successful people like Zuckerberg and Musk are at their place because they found something they are *truly passionate* about (they always seem to come in pairs). Yeah, this might be true, but this often undermines the effort, and most importantly *time* they put in their work to get to where they are. Of course, luck is also a huge factor. 

For me, passion is more like a multiplier. Not in terms of 15x, 40x, but more like 1.5x. It's a thing they don't want to give up too easily and want to put more time in. I think passion without resilience is nothing, just like 50000 x 0 = 0. Passion is just a hyperbole of interest. Without interest, you wouldn't be spending much time on one subject. Without paying your dues, you aren't going to make any progress.

So, a note to myself and other people: if you think you aren't going anywhere don't blame your lack of passion. blame yourself for not finding where your true interest lies and putting enough time on something. (this basically means, Tae go study like, right now)

passion is not a secret magic pill. It is just a multiplier.





Taeyang You