I recently received a comment on The Survival Podcast blog in response to my advice to “always follow your passion” where the commenter stated.
“In my opinion “following your passion” is bad advice for most people. To say that everyone should follow their passion is like saying that everyone should go to collage.”
This actually concerns me a great deal that many people think this way. I want to be clear that I have no issues with taking a hard and even shitty job to pay the bills when you have to. I have nothing but respect for tough jobs that really take a lot of work for very low pay, if that is where you are in life.
I was there one time myself, I worked in a turkey farm cleaning up the kill and processing rooms at 15. When I first got out of the Army I worked for just over minimum wage in a ware house packing boxes 10 hours a day, the temperature during the summer was about 130 degrees, no exaggeration.
To earn a living we all do what we have to, when it is required of us. That beats the hell out of living on welfare like a sponge. I don’t have any problem with people working in tough even soul sucking work when required.
What I have a massive issue with is people doing it with a belief that it is their limit that it is all they will ever have. When I say follow your passion I mean chase it, believe you can find it and believe you can make it your life’s work. It may take a long time to discover it, longer to make it what you do as a living but never believe it is beyond you.
The big thing is don’t forget your true nature, who and what you really are as a human being. Work for the sake of work is a toxin, hard work is fine just make sure you are doing it in a way to build your life and make it better.