Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 27: Should You Follow Your Passion? Maybe Not. Here’s Why.

Should you quit your job to follow your passion? Throw caution to the wind and pursue an artistic endeavor? Worry if your day job doesn’t totally light you up inside?

These are the questions Tracey and I are addressing on this week’s episode of Curious & Curiouser, in a conversation inspired by an email from one of our listeners.

We talk about what to do if you don’t know what your passion is yet, describe our journeys to where we both are today in our own lives with regard to this topic, and explore the possibility that passion might just be overrated.

I talk about why I don’t like the word “passion” as it relates to career paths and professional evolution, and we explore different ways of thinking about these things that allow for more freedom in the choices we might make along the way.

Tracey and I sincerely hope you enjoy this discussion and that you find it useful in your own lives.

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Highlights from this episode:

  • Do Tracey and I actually have things figured out? Are we where we thought we would be five years ago?
  • How being naive about building a business allowed us to take the leap
  • What did the beginning incarnation of Tracey’s business look like?
  • Taking the leap before you’re ready and what this looked like for me in the beginning
  • Why I don’t like using the word “passion” in this context of career and professional pursuits, and why quitting your job to follow your passion might be terrible advice for most of us
  • Am I following my passion? Is Tracey?
  • What I am passionate about right now and how this relates to my current profession
  • Episode 24 of the podcast Q & A session
  • The role discomfort plays in both Tracey and my career paths
  • Body of Work:  Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together by Pamela Slim
  • Steve Jobs quote:  “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
  • What are the through lines for us in our professional lives?
  • Why it’s fine to just have a job and why passion is overrated
  • Passion is Fickle, But Curiosity is Non-Negotiable on my website
  • Passion can be cultivated through curiosity
  • My instagram post about not knowing what we’re doing
  • The importance of purpose and intention, and the power of changing your mindset
  • Why we should embrace and appreciate boredom
  • Brene Brown quote on scarcity:  “The opposite of scarcity is not abundance. It’s enough.”
  • Why I worked two other jobs when I first started my business
  • And more!

As mentioned in the intro to this episode, Tracey and I are starting a new segment in which we introduce our listeners to something about which we are feeling excited and intrigued. We’re calling it Piquing Our Curiosity, and each week, we’ll share with you something we love that we think you might love, too.

This week, our pick is Brain Pickings, which is run by a wonderful woman, Maria Popova, who essentially reads everything ever written and then writes beautiful, thoughtful summaries of these various readings and shares them with the world for free. I am absolutely in love with this website and in awe of this woman. I highly encourage you to check out Brain Pickings here and to sign up for the weekly newsletter. You won’t be disappointed. I have been introduced to countless works of art and writing and philosophy and history by regularly visiting this site. It is possibly my favorite place on the internet.

If you love it, too, you can also donate to Maria’s efforts, as she runs this literary masterpiece all by herself, charges nothing for her services, and could really use the support. To learn more about Maria, please check out her interview with Krista Tippett on the On Being podcast, one of the best podcasts out there right now.

Remember, if you have any topics or questions you’d like us to address in a future episode comment here or email us at our joint email account: We’d love to hear from you!

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