Two days back a girl messaged me on Facebook '
Is passion and skill both are the same? How will I realize that what is my skill and what is my passion?
I think these are the questions that we all can relate to.
And it's really not easy to answer these questions. I think this passion mindset became profound after the industrial revolution.
If you read about the time before the industrial revolution, especially the time during the renaissance era (the period between 1300-1600) in Europe, people in those times had a different approach towards passion.
Leonardo Da Vinci, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, William Shakespeare, etc lived in that era.
Today most of us believe that each one of us has a predefined work that is our passion and once we find that life will great from there.
But look at the lives of the abovementioned people. Do you think they did just one specific work in their lifetime?
Most of them had multiple interests and skills throughout their life.
I think the best way to find out what you really love doing is to explore things. Maybe there is a great artist hiding inside you, pull that out. You don't know what you are good at until you try enough things persistently.
You won't find the work you love by seeing it in your dreams or it will come to you like deja vu. At least, there is very little chance of happening that.
I read a great book named 'So good they can't ignore you' by Cal Newport. The author described wonderfully about passion. He phrased the term 'passion trap'. The author said
"so many people are miserable at their work is that they have ascribed to a misguided expectation: that once you find your passion everything will fall into place, it will be a smooth ride from thereon. Whereas the reality is not that smooth."
He further suggests to develop a craftsman mindset instead of a passion mindset.
Passion mindset thinks like what can the world offer me. But a craftsman mindset thinks like what I can offer to the world.
Rather than thinking hard over what is your passion, it is much better to develop rare and valuable skills that might help you identify your passion. I have written an entire article on this previously. Read that here.
There is no doubt that life is magical for people who are doing the work that they truly love (passion). It is usual for people to look for passion.
But just thinking about passion can be counterproductive, rather spend much of your time in developing rare and valuable skills.
Newport says 'Telling a young person to follow their passion reduces the probability they will end up passionate'.
Therefore, develop a craftsman mindset that will help you to find the work you truly love.