Part 2 of our guidance on following your passion as a means to finding your career.

The most quoted speech in the realm of 'follow your passion' is Steve Job's Stanford graduation commencement speech. He said: I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. And don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don't settle.

What isn't often quoted is another part of the same speech: It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the $0.05 deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.

Follow your passion is put out as generic advice as it if applies to everyone in every circumstance. It's said as if there is no down side to it. If Steve Jobs recommended it, it must be right, right? Wrong.

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  • Can I follow my passion and be successful?

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