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Episode 87: Future Mistake #2 Neglecting Interests

“Follow your passion, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” - Every Graduation Speaker Ever.

You’ve heard that advice before, right? Probably given it a couple of times, too, I bet. I know I have. Well, maybe not exactly verbatim, but something along the lines of: now is the time to figure out what you enjoy and what makes you come alive, then find a career path that suits you. Or, I’ve said contrary advice: whatever you do, don’t do something that doesn’t bring your energy or life.

Either way, the message is the same, and yet it’s notoriously difficult to follow.

  • What do you do if you don’t feel ‘passion’ towards a work activity?
  • What do you do if something trivial interests you, like In-n-Out or chasing girls?

It’s not a helpful thing to say because it adds stress to an already stressful decision process. Not only do you have to pick something that will pay the bills, but you also need to choose a path that won’t lead you to drudgery or destruction.

It’s not helpful advice, but it doesn’t mean it’s untrue. As my son asked me recently, “How do I figure out what I want to do?” He’s asking for help, guidance, and support—not a blanket platitude that actually brings more anxiety than clarity.

That’s where interest discovery comes in—an iterative process to grow in self-awareness.

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