You guys all know Mike Rowe. He's a really great, down to earth guy. He's pretty wise as well, and I think the video below, made for Prager University, is a valuable counter response to popular "follow your passion" theories.
We've all seen people who have tried follow their passion, but have fallen flat on their face. It's so sad and painful to watch. To add even more insult to injury, their financial future is often jeopardized because of their experiment. They are sad and discouraged because they failed, and they are also extremely stressed out because of their finances. It's such a demoralizing and hard place to be.
What are parents and teachers to do? How do we guide our youth? We want them to realize their dreams, but we also want them based in reality. In my post Sentence Your Kids to 10,000 hours and They'll Be Happy, I laid out my philosophy about preparing our children for their future in the workforce. It has a Venn Diagram that I think is super valuable in this discussion.
In this video, Mike focuses on the green part of the diagram that many people forget as they try to follow their passion: What does the world need or want? You can't make any money if no one wants what you are selling. Or, maybe you don't have a grand passion. In that case, fill the world's needs that no one else is. I don't think you don't need to love every job that you do. Maybe you just have to put food on the table, or work two jobs to get through college. Hard work that is effective and in the right direction is the secret to success. And sometimes, that's all that matters.
For example: the secretary at my dentist's office is amazing. She makes our visits so much nicer, she handles our paperwork and payments smoothly and there are never any hiccups. My life is better because of her. What about the people who come pick up your garbage? The landscapers who keep our parks and other public areas beautiful and well maintained? What about those gas station attendants who work late hours for those of us who are traveling at night and need a bathroom and snacks to keep us awake? What about construction workers and other tradesmen who build our homes and make sure they function correctly? These people may or may not be passionate about their work- I don't know. But...think about a world without these people. Life would get really hard, really fast. I am so grateful for people who do jobs that I am not personally passionate about, and that sometimes don't get the respect that they deserve.
Come listen to what Mike has to say about it to new high school graduates:
Family Discussion Guide
-What jobs does no one like to do?
-Can you learn to like anything, and be happy anywhere?
-Could our world still function if everyone had high level jobs? CEO, lawyer, doctor, ect?
-How do you "bring your passion with you?"
-What are you passionate about? What is the need for it in the world? Would it make a better career or hobby?
Hi, I'm Jen! I adore chocolate, I'd rather read than clean my house, and I haven't seen my abs in I-don't-know-how-long. But I love my husband and kids to death and try to Raise The Good within myself and my family by making wise and uplifting media choices and having a deliberate family culture. You are probably doing the same thing. Let's share what works with each other!
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