Why You Should Not Follow Your Passion with Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist at Canva

Why You Should Not Follow Your Passion with Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist at Canva

Guy Kawasaki

Episode Summary

Time and time again, we always hear the phrase “follow your passion”. Even when we were younger, we were always told to follow our passion, because that’s what will make us happy. But according to Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist at Canva, you should pursue your interest, not our passion. Here’s why:

“If you love doing something you're uncomfortable doing, then you may have found your passion” - Guy Kawasaki

Don't Follow Your Passion

Guy believes that at a young age, we are not supposed to know what we are passionate about. It’s wrong to fix our minds into something that we love doing at the age of 5. Our interests change a lot in our lifetime, and we should always be open to trying new things. You should always pursue your interests and hopefully some of those interests become passions.

The problem with most people is that they expect to be instantly good at something they haven't done before. And if things don't go their way, they instantly give up. The only way to find what you’re truly passionate about is if you have tried a lot of things.

Keep showing up

However, trying is not enough. If you quit anything that you try, you will never be good at something and you will never find what you're passionate about.  You have to keep showing up and do the work because most people are not going to be good instantly. Showing up has to be a habit, it's not something that you decide to do every single day. 

Don't underestimate the power of luck 

“If you don't keep showing up, you're not going to get lucky because you won't even be in the game.”  - Guy Kawasaki

Whether you believe in it or not, luck has a lot to do with success in life. But it's not just about relying purely on luck. It's impossible to get lucky if you don't take your shot.  So in order for luck to be on your side, you have to keep showing up and take more chances. Stop waiting for the perfect chance because that may never come.

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