(Don’t Just) Follow Your Passion

I love this video. Cal Newport, a professor at Georgetown, suggests people shouldn’t just “follow their passion,” as mainstream media would suggest. This is too abstract, he says, as it suggests that people should first discover their passion without any real experience. In this video, he presents a much more concrete solution to obtaining a life you’re passionate about –

1. Pick an interesting field and start working in it
2. Discover through experience what you really want
3. Gain rare and valuable skills in your current position
4. Leverage those skills to get what you want 

And that’s it, folks. Trade your skills upwards for a life you want.