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"Find Your Passion" is Bad Advice

"Find Your Passion" is Bad Advice

If you’re waiting for the appearance of a passion that leads to career happiness and success, stop—and get busy instead.


The misguided mantra to “find your passion” distracts people from actively cultivating interests, say researchers from Stanford and Yale. They claim the word “find” suggests a magical process uncontrolled by the individual. However, the research showed that passions or interests are developed by investing time and energy into discovery rather than waiting for the proverbial lightbulb to appear.


The study measured mindsets linked to “theories of interest,” specifically the effects of fixed mindsets, or the belief in innate interests, versus growth mindsets, or the belief that interests are acquired. The study revealed that people with a fixed mindset who have the belief that passions simply appear tend to be less curious than people with a growth mindset, who view acquiring interests as a process that unfolds. This more take-charge process is more likely to lead to a satisfying career.



From Quartz Media