So how’m I doing in my quest to re-invent my life, follow my evolving Blisses and create the life I really, really want?
I had a couple of different conversations this week which clarified a few things for me about passion.
The thing is, it’s easy to get seduced by the draw of what you’re good at, or what you kinda enjoy. I know: it happened to me.
It’s why, in fact, I started this blog: to figure out what, exactly, my evolving Blisses are, and to follow them.
This is not always as easy as it sounds.
Or maybe it doesn’t sound easy. In any case, here’s the important question: are you following your true passion, or just your your skill set?
According to Geoff Colvin, author of Talent is Overrated (affiliate link), what really separates world-class performers from everybody else is not talent.
What is it? Deliberate practice.
And what makes someone persist with that deliberate practice, even when it’s boring, or hard, or so frustrating you could scream?
Passion, that’s what.
Which is why it’s so important to follow your bliss. Not what your friends or your parents think you should do. Not what you’re good at.
What you’re passionate about.
Why? Watch the video for a few thoughts (plus, at 8 minutes in, a rare glimpse of my early attempts at playing a new song on the ukulele – blunders included – after several hours of practice, but before I’ve mastered it).
Then let me know what you’re passionate about, and what you’re doing about it.
Mentioned in the video: Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success and The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (affiliate links).
The song: Goofus, music by Wayne King and William Harold, lyrics by Gus Kahn, 1930.