Food for Thought on the Debate on Work and Passion

Can your work lead you to discover a passion if you don’t already have one or can’t find a job that aligns with your interests?

Our colleague Sarah Streit recommends this piece from the New York Times, written by Cal Newport:

Today, I’m a computer science professor at Georgetown University, and I love my job. The most important lesson I can draw from my experience is that this love has nothing to do with figuring out at an early age that I was meant to be a professor. There’s nothing special about my choosing this particular path. What mattered is what I did once I made my choice.”

To other young people who constantly wonder if the grass might be greener on the other side of the occupational fence, I offer this advice: Passion is not something you follow. It’s something that will follow you as you put in the hard work to become valuable to the world…

What’s your take?

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