The first thing to understand about passion is that not every passion translates into a happy career or into a good sustainable business.
It’s important to realize that often times, careers and hobbies are meant to be distinct from each other, not intertwined with one another.
For example, I love to read and talk about books. It’s one of my favorite things to do.
But I have to ask myself: Do I really want to listen to the people who say that you should just “Do what you love”?
If I choose to listen to that advice and combine my love for reading with my career, then my love for reading could easily become an obligation instead of a fun hobby that I love to do when I’m relaxing.
Choosing to make my career the same thing as what I love to do could make reading feel like a job more so than a passion, which is counterproductive to creating a life that you enjoy.
This is why I recommend that people shouldn’t do what they love, but instead should do what they like.
Mark Cuban said something similar to this. He says,
“Don’t do what you love. Do what you’re interested in.”
This is how Mark Cuban became a happy billionaire. Mark Cuban became successful through working in tech, but Cuban didn’t love tech when he first started out. He was, however, interested in it and he was good enough at it that he eventually became a billionaire doing it.
In the book “The $100 Startup,” Chris Guillebeau, who is an entrepreneur and author, says the same thing.
“There’s an important point you have to consider: You may just not want to combine your hobby with your work. If the hobby or passion serves as an important stress reliever from your day job or other commitments, are you sure you want to assume full-time responsibility for your hobby? Some people find that it’s better to keep their passion separate from their work.”
I would agree.
This is going to be an important question that you’re going to have to ask yourself at one point in your life, which is, if you love to do something, are you sure that you want to do that thing full time as a job?