Why “Follow Your Passion” Is Bad Advice

I use Dr. Cech’s research in one of my classes, and this article is a nice summary by her on how it can be perilous to “Follow Your Passion.” I wish we could scrub the advice from every graduation speech given every year. There are better ways to inspire the next generation.

Yet, what I found is that following one’s passion does not necessarily lead to fulfillment, but is one of the most powerful cultural forces perpetuating overwork. I also found that promoting the pursuit of one’s passion helps perpetuate social inequalities due to the fact that not everyone has the same economic resources to allow them to pursue their passion with ease. What follows are five major pitfalls of the passion principle that I discovered through my research.

5 drawbacks to following your passion | Cech


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Aaron Miller

Aaron Miller

Provo, UT