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    I’m sufe it’s great to have the mney and freedom to do so.
    " Do something, even if it's wrong."

    " I don't wanna have to but I will, if that's what I'm supposed to do
    We don't wanna set up for the kill, but that's what I'm 'bout to do."
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    I think this advice is somewhat misguided if it is applied to careers. It's great if someone can make a living doing something he or she is passionate about, but that's not the case for a lot of people. I see people going into huge amounts of debt for an education toward a career field that doesn't make much money and I think it's a poor decision. For instance, I know of a kid who is very good at math and wanted to go into engineering but changed his major at the last minute to art, because someone encouraged him to "follow his passion." The chances of him having a good career with a BA in art are not really high. And he'll probably have to get his Master's degree so he can teach art, and who knows if he even enjoys teaching. So then he may be stuck in a career with low pay and tons of student debt. I think he would have been a lot smarter to pursue the engineering degree and pursue art as a passion on the side--a hobby but not a way to make money.

    Sometimes, maybe a lot of times, it is sufficient to find something you are good at and can enjoy or feel challenged doing, and can make a comfortable wage doing. Steve Jobs sort of bugs me because he gives this elitist advice about following your dreams, while tons of people had to work in factories at non-satisfying jobs to make his products. It's inspiring when people are passionate about something, and I think that's a great part of life, but I don't think that necessarily has to translate into a career every time. Sometimes you just have to work, and it's not your favorite thing or the way you would choose to spend your day if you could. That's life. Not everybody gets to do everything they want. It's not even practical to assume that everybody could.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Generalist View Post
    Hi, thanks to anyone who responds. So what do you think? Good advice? Cliche? Bad advice? Personally, I don't like it, but has it worn out its welcome? Thanks again to anyone who responds.
    Depends on how lucrative it is. Passions can sometimes be pursued as hobbies
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    Meh. The chances of you getting screwed are high and the phrase itself looks like something from a shitty self-help book. But alas, do what you want and be prepared to deal with the results.
    "If the truth shall kill them, let them die"
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    I think once you are at a certain point where you know exactly who you are, what you want, and what your overall ability/drive for it is, following your passion is probably the better option. Some people, however, would rather take security over risk, and that's totally fine too. I would say in most cases people tend to be geared toward the former, probably because they either don't know what they truly love and/or they're uncomfortable with uncertainty. For me, I blame it on being too idealistic, yeah, but I already know the alternative of what would happen if I never follow through with it, and in the end it would be a much worst-case scenario than had I ever attempted it in the first place. Once you get to that place of knowing, doing any alternative becomes unbearably soul-sucking.
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    don't follow a passion. just go through life without EVER following your passion. and then die. the end.
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    If your passion is money, then do it!
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    The word 'passion' is now a cliche, and is used in almost every resume.

    A cliche we remember has been in too many mouths and has become stale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mole View Post
    The word 'passion' is now a cliche, and is used in almost every resume.

    A cliche we remember has been in too many mouths and has become stale.
    Its something how I’m always a few years ahead of the curve of social trends.

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    Depends on the time, place, person, and the passion. In general, if you are young, fairly disciplined and motivated, and living in the USA today, sure...go for it. On the other hand, if you want to rescue cats out of your apartment and you're a slob, then maybe you should find another passion.
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