I just finished creating a module in a course entitled Introduction to Humanities (online) and part of it is a TED Talk called "Stop searching for your passion." Basically, the gist of it is that success fuels passion and not the other way around. So, if you wait your whole life for passion to inspire your life, your life will not get started. I found this interesting and informative. One of my passions is arranging music and it is part of my career portfolio. Now I could feed that passion to the exclusion of everything else, but doing so lead could lead to a more difficult path in life and possibly hardship. If I struggled in life, could I continue to indulge my passion?
Now, if any future or current employer reads this, do not get me wrong. I love everything I do and everything I teach, but I could make this argument about any of the facets of my career, which I am passionate about. If I put all the eggs in one basket and that basket comes crashing down, where does that leave me? It is a bit of a different view than the one that emphasises feeding your passion and making that your life's work. Anyway, something to think about. So, I will repeat the take away from the TED talk - success (in whatever field) fuels passion and not the other way around.
Dr. Michael Kearns
Musician, educator, husband, father, web designer ... my life is like a mosaic with each piece vying for my attention.