Should You Follow Your Passion


At a time when there are many courses and careers on offer, should one choose a career based on passion and interest, or settle for a ‘practical’ option that promises a good salary? The answer is crucial and not always clear. According to a recent MTV survey, today’s youth is ambitious, but looks for a purpose. Eighty percent of young Indians say that they are in constant pursuit of their calling. The biggest fear in life is to be stuck in the wrong job or wander aimlessly without purpose, shows the national survey of 11,000 13-25-year-olds.

Here are a few pointers on whether it is a practical idea to choose a course and career based on one’s likes and instincts or on factors such as employability and market demand:

  1. Life is like a prism: no matter which way you turn, there will always be at least a single beam of light which shines out. In our age of cut-throat competition and fast growth, it is important for young people to be stable and alert to cope with life. It is in times of stress that their true spirit is tested: while they have to remain positive and pragmatic about their decisions, they must also always know that it is human to make mistakes and that it is never too late to make amends. With supportive parents and a healthy learning atmosphere, nothing is impossible. Every person can do something of significance, to illuminate his/her life.
  2. “Follow your heart… follow your passion” is the mantra more and more parents and students are endorsing. Many students think this gives them flexibility, a good pay package, a ‘cool’ status and freedom at work. There is nothing wrong with this, but many do not know what their interests are. Passion is to be found within and pursued as a life journey. It has been unfortunately confined to creative and offbeat careers. But the truth is, one can feel passionate about any job. In today’s world, students’ choices are often driven by the media, not realizing that a dream career would involve various struggles. For example, some wish to become wildlife photographers without knowing the pros and cons of the occupation. Students have a wavering interest in offbeat courses and find it difficult to work on or study anything relentlessly. To achieve one’s dream, one must be ready to give it everything and accept whatever it comes with. Along with passion, hard work, skills, abilities and a positive attitude determine success and satisfaction.
  3. Focusing on passion can promote the idea that there’s an ideal path for you — one you are enthusiastic about. We are often told to follow our passion and make a career out of what we love. In theory, turning your interests into your calling should be easy and lead to financial nirvana where money flows and happiness prevails. Reality, however, is that few who act on such advice reach their desired destination. Many people have no clue what they are made of. For example, people love to sing (especially in the car, when they are alone). However, for many, a successful singing career is unlikely. Distinguishing between what you believe your passion is and what your innate gifts are is the key to cultivating a career that lets you to do what you like, what you are good at and what others will pay you for. Moreover, courage matters. Be brave in looking at all alternatives that can allow you to achieve your vision.


Source: The Times of India

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