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Why Following Your Passion Is the Worst Kind of Career Advice

Published October 14, 2014 by eqoxa

TIME

Standard advice on how to pick a career? Find one that amalgamates your key skills, interests and values. Alas, that too often doesn’t work.

The standard advice often fails for one or more of these reasons:

  • You have too many interests but none stand out.
  • You have many abilities but none stand out.
  • You think you have no worthwhile abilities.
  • You can’t come up with a career that amalgamates your skills, interests and values.
  • You come up with too many careers that amalgamate your skills, interests and values.
  • Your skills, interests and values are common, so you end up wanting a popular career, for example, ahem, journalist.

The irony is that even if you find a career that fits and you actually land a job in it, that’s far from a guarantor of career contentment. Let’s say you pick a popular career like the aforementioned journalist. Employers know that, with…

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