Developing a Passionate Career

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15 thoughts on “Developing a Passionate Career

  1. I know this chart intimately through my own experiences with theatre. I am just realizing that the first few steps happened in childhood and being involved in after school programs. Sadly, a lot of kids now a days aren’t on the same level of active as the kids I grew up with and might be missing finding their passion from the very beginning.

  2. I think passion is about feelings. You can transform these strong feelings with productive activity into things society or humanity can benefit from. Passion and feelings are inseparable. What makes you great within your passion-profession is your professionalism.

  3. this tactic I applied, Steve, to my passions, those people I’ve loved, make myself indispensable to them, I told myself, and it often worked, to them I became indispensable, but then you need to suffer the affronts, however, eventually ephemerally, worthwhile – but, hey, it’s a passion, it makes you feel, even often want to be, alive

    1. You’ve encountered both sides of passion, meaning you’ve developed a degree of depth. I talk about this “suffering” aspect in a previous post where I get into the etymology of passion.

  4. This looks like a great way to develop a career path. I’m not sure whether that’s the same as a “passion” though. I can see this as increasing one’s chances to become adept and even financially and professionally successful. But is a passion about becomeing financially and professionally successful?

  5. I think for most career paths this outlines the basics of what people need to consider. Definitely areas of concern that should be kept in mind. It’s important too to be honest though about the less straightforward nature of some of the more creative or subjective disciplines. I’m thinking mainly of arts and literature. In these, history shows us that even the best talent can go unrewarded. Some of the greatest cultural contributions have been made by those who toiled and died without gaining much materially in their life. Of course the success that people like Dickens and Hegel achieved in their own lifetimes conversely provides counterexamples to this but still it should be recognized that there is a serious and unique risk entailed in trying to do anything monumentally original. I don’t say this to discourage anyone but people should be aware of the risks entailed when they follow certain passions. Some are safer than others. That said, I suspect that anyone who arrives at these kinds of passions, what might be called passions of genius, is probably so completely invested in them that they have no hope of pursuing anything else. Their hope and their hopelessness become almost one and the same. It’s no longer a matter of choice.

    1. PHALANXEDNOISE, you are a wizard, a very oracle, your pronouncement, “That said, I suspect that anyone who arrives at these kinds of passions, what might be called passions of genius, is probably so completely invested in them that they have no hope of pursuing anything else. Their hope and their hopelessness become almost one and the same. It’s no longer a matter of choice.”, is utterly transcendental, you have changed my life

      1. Well, I still haven’t mastered the art of levitation yet but thank you. I should also add too that I think the difficult thing is not simply arriving at the truth in a moment of insight but absorbing it so fully that you can live it every day. This is still something I myself find challenging.

    2. “Their hope and their hopelessness become almost one and the same.”
      Thank you for sharing this brilliant piece of insight. I never thought about it that way, but I think it’s very true in some cases.

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