On networking sites like LinkedIn, and in biographies for keynote speakers – and in way too many other work-related contexts – it’s now almost obligatory for people to state their “passion”. However, these “passions” are, in many cases, so generic as to be meaningless – seriously, who doesn’t want to do something like make other people happy? And many statements of “passion” are often so jargon-laden that it’s difficult to tell exactly what the person gets excited about.
I was going to write a post about the awful superficiality of this expectation to be “passionate”. But then I came across a post on the same topic by Mark Manson. He says everything I was going to say – and he expresses it with genuine passion. Enjoy!
Thank you SO MUCH for sharing Mark Manson’s blog! I’ve read a zillion pieces on passion (finding it, losing it, getting it back) but none as down-to-earth as his. It was exactly what I needed to read today. Thank you!
It took me a long time to get to the place where I am comfortable not knowing, even enjoying not knowing. He is right. It’s the whole point.
Spot on. If someone tells me on LinkedIn that they are passionate about data workflow management, the only reaction I have is to make a note not to invite them to the pub.