Don’t always follow your passion. “Follow your passion” is one of the most common pieces of career wisdom. “It’s also wrong.” If you study people who end up loving their work, most of them did not follow a pre-existing passion, he says. “Instead, their passion for the work developed over time as they got better at what they did and took more control over their career.”
Job seekers should not completely disregard their passions–but challenging this conventional wisdom is vital, especially since studies still show most Americans are unhappy in their jobs.