First of all, can we agree that this is just a first world problem? I mean, does a middle-age woman in Bangladesh really have the freedom to follow her passion to make a living? Is it even always feasible for people in developed countries like ours?
HoneyMoneyMakers, being idealistic creatives, always believed following your passion is the ultimate authentic act that we can do for ourselves.
But then I came across something one of my heroes, Anthony Bourdain, suggested … that it’s not always the best thing to blindly follow our passion – oh how I miss Tony.
Bourdain said, “It’s not always a great idea to follow your passion. If your passion is something that you will never be good at, at some point, you’re going to have to recognize that. But if you feel in your heart, if you know and if you have reason to believe that you can be awesome at something, if you could be better at something than anybody else, and you can do something unique that will shock and astound and terrify people and bewitch them, then do that.” On the other hand, my other hero, Joseph Campbell, who famously coined the phrase, “Follow your bliss” had this to say: “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.” But Joseph, what if following your bliss and making money are mutually exclusive? The cast from Crazy Rich Asians may have the answer. They are actors, but armed with medical, law, accounting degrees. Not bad for a backup plan.
What do you think? Should we always follow our passion?