Thursday, May 24, 2007
It May Not Be Your Passion If:
#10: It's more about seeing your name connected to an outcome than your deep down enjoyment.
Also known as "Name in Lights" syndrome. A few years back, I was walking through Broadway (NY) with a friend. I pointed to the marquees of the famous theaters we passed. "One day," I said, in almost mock seriousness, "my name's gonna be up there!" My friend still speaks with me to this day, after I subjected him to this obvious behavior, considering where we were. It wasn't until years later, when I actually had "my name in lights" (although not in NYC), that I realized it wasn't all that it seems in the movies. Nothing magically changed. I still had all my old fears and insecurities. I just had a few more people telling me my writing was fantastic. There was a quick learning curve after that, as I understood exactly how awards and recognition (even just a little) can't take the place of just getting out there and living life.
#1: You're in love with the idea of your passion, but you can't stand the component parts.
#2 - You and your passion have a long distance relationship (and you aren't willing to move.)
#3 - Pursuing your passion clashes big time with your personality.
#4 - In pursuit of your passion you end up doing things that might be hazardous to your health.
#5 - You say it's your passion, but you spend 100% of your "free," non-work time doing just everything else BUT working on what you say you love.
#6 - In considering your passion, you experience "Klondike Thinking."
#7 - You go into debt because the financial costs of practicing it are way too high.
#8 - You don't believe your passion's barriers to entry pertain to you.
#9 - Pursuing your passion cuts you off from family and/or friends.