Pursuing your passion will not help you find a job

Cal Newport’s advice on having a remarkable career is based mainly on the philosophy that passion will follow after you are really good in a field – and you should not try to find a career that you feel passion for in the first place – because longing and searching for a “dream job”  is meaningless – nothing will ever truly be a perfect fit – and it also can turn out to be not so rewarding as we might have thought.

He recommends instead:

1) deconstructing the field in which you are trying to achieve success:
*who are already the best out there?
*why did they succeed?
*how can you leverage your skills and knowledge to surpass them?

2) keeping a highly-focused approach to your work and ignoring the urge to have multiple projects at once.

There is one more question left – the most important one for me – which field to choose?

Unlike most high-performers, I didn’t start early in life with something that could be the field I choose to specialize in for the rest of my life. Actually, I’m clueless about it – and strength finder tests are not helping much, and trying to figure it all by myself is painful as hell.

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