Ramit Sethi is getting ready to launch his dream job course.
Ordinarily leading up to their product launches I temporarily unsubscribe from even my favorite bloggers because I get tired of the ‘hard’ sell; HOWEVER, lately Ramit’s free stuff has been superior to most people’s paid products so I’ve consumed and bookmarked as much I could.
I wish I could print it out, get it bound and give it to my friends currently job searching or trying to upgrade their current job situation. More importantly, I wish they’d read it and take action.
One of the most frustrating things for me is hearing many of my friends (mid-late 20s, well-educated) complaining that they’re not getting jobs they’re passionate about.
I’ve been fortunate thus far in my (short) career to find work I’m passionate about doing, but I’m not an expert. Ramit is.
Here’s two good quotes on passion from Ramit that I wish I would’ve wrote:
Ramit On Passiveness:
Most of us approach our passions in a passive way. After all, we don’t know any other way. We go through school, taking classes someone else prescribes for us, doing the same 5 activities, passing the tests, getting decent grades, and then we’re thrust into the real world. The only thing is, there are no “grades” in real life, and there are infinite paths we could take.
It’s no wonder we’re bad at finding our passion. Nobody taught us how to make conscious, strategic choices — sometimes unpopular choices. Instead, at every step, we were encouraged to take the safe, prescribed route.
Look, nobody expects you to have found your passion at 25, or 30, or even 35 — but I do expect you to be taking micro-steps to discover it. When you use phrases like “I want to find something I love,” you’re betraying yourself: Instead of actively seeking out what you’d love to do, you’re waiting for your passion to somehow magically fall from the sky.
Forget for a second how modern-day education teaches that mediocre obedience is the key to success. Cowards point the finger and assign blame, but high performers actively (and strategically) acquire more skills and seek to learn more about themselves.
How many people do you know who went to law school just because they didn’t know the hell they wanted to do when they graduated? What steps are you taking today to discover your own passion(s)?
Ramit On Finding Your Passion:
Most of us operate with the Invisible Script that we’re waiting for our passion to somehow materialize. That’s why we use code words like “I need to find…” and “I really want to…” instead of the words that top performers use: “I’m so excited about ___” and “I don’t know if this is what I’ll do forever, but right now I’m learning a ton.”
I have a different view of passion. It’s a messy, circuitous process. You have to dig through cobwebs and explore a kaleidoscope of patterns, getting your hands dirty in the process of discovery. It’s like shopping at Ross.
Compare this to the dainty idea most of us have of waiting under a parasol for the rain clouds to clear and a ray of passion to warm our bodies. Not gonna happen.
I love this because, like so many other things we try to categorize and nail-down, passion is fluid. One day you’re passionate about photography. Years later you’re burned out and you’re passionate about running, or cooking, or landscaping.
Your passions are going to change so find something that makes you happy right now (or involves doing some tasks that you’ll acquire energy from) and do the best you can at that until you’re ready for the next logical progression.
Stop looking for the all-encompassing job that meets all the criteria you’ve set forth in those imaginary check boxes. It doesn’t work for significant others and it won’t work for a job.
Have you found a job you’re passionate about? If so, how did you go about acquiring that job? What percentage of the tasks you do on a daily basis align with your passions? What advice would you give to someone trying to find their passion? A job that they’re passionate about?