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Forbes: Is ‘Follow Your Passion’ A Good Idea Or Dumb Advice?

Forbes contributor Jacob Morgan writes about and explores the future of work and collaboration.

We’ve long heard the platitude of “follow your passion” when considering a career choice, but is this really the best advice? Should we really be following our passion? I’m a big fan of Mike Rowe (the host of Dirty Jobs) because he has a lot of non-conventional ideas about work, specifically his advice to “not follow your passion but to bring your passion with you to work.” In fact, before going on, read this post from Mike Rowe where he responds to an Alabamian who asks why he shouldn’t follow his passion.

Mike cites several examples from septic tank cleaners to pig farmers, none of whom were passionate about going the routes they did, but they learned their craft and because they were passionate people they learned how to love their jobs and made a good amount of money in the process; some of them became millionaires.

A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that there are around 5 million vacant jobs in the United States as of the end of October (not seasonally adjusted which brings these numbers down a bit). Over a million of these jobs are in trade/transportation/utilities, another million plus are in professional and businesses services, and hundreds of thousands of non-filled jobs exist in manufacturing and construction. Is that because we just don’t have people that are passionate about these jobs? Perhaps it’s because employers are too picky? Or maybe there really just aren’t people who can do the jobs that are available.

Mike Rowe does have a very good point though, many people see jobs such as: electrician, plumber, construction worker, and the like, as being beneath them. After all, who wouldn’t want a more glamorous job somewhere in Silicon Valley right? So what do we do?

I wanted to share a bit of a personal story which I think helps add some color to this subject.

I graduated from UCSC with a double major in business management economics and psychology. I was passionate about finance and business in general.

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