字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 When it comes to the task of figuring out what to do with your life or what kind of work to go into, one of the most common pieces of advice that gets thrown around is, "Just follow your passion, yeah! "Just gotta find your passion, man. "And go after it to the ends of the earth." This word, passion, it keeps cropping up again and again. And we're constantly being told that we simply need to go find out whatever ours is. No longer shall we be relegated to the work of previous generation's tedious, boring, factory work that our parents did before us. Oh no, no, no. This is the now. You can go make super hero capes for dogs if that is what your passion truly is. Actually, that's not a bad idea. But, no, "follow your passion", as inspiring as it is, is bad advice. It build its foundations off of its assumptions that everyone is just born with a pre-existing passion. It's like we're all onions and all you've gotta do is peel back the layers to figure out what's inside. Though, I don't know about you, but I'm not an ogre. And for most of my life, I would've been pretty hard-pressed to tell you what the heck my passion is. 'Cause I just didn't know. And this is the problem that most people face. Either they don't have anything in their life that they can identify as a real passion or there's a lot of things all over the place. Lots of vibrant interesting things that they could identify as passions but they don't really know which one to latch on to and pursue. This problem is all the more common for students or people who don't really have a whole lot of experience in their careers yet. I'm guessing that you probably fall into one of those two categories. Which is unfortunate because this is also the point in your life where you're being asked to figure out what to do with that life. Luckily, there is better advice that you can use. Cal Newport, the author of the fantastic book, So Good They Can't Ignore You, summed it up perfectly for me when I asked him for his advice on choosing a major. He said, simply, "Pick something you have an interest in, and then go full-bore and try to get as good as you possibly can at it." This advice, this focus on building skills and gaining experience, this is the most effective way to figure out what work truly fulfills you. You're not born with some innate thing you're supposed to do with your life. Rather you're born with personality traits and certain qualities of work that you'll enjoy. Maybe creativity, maybe working with people, or working with very logical things, autonomy or a sense of impact in your work. These specific qualities are going to be unearthed and slowly discovered as you make more connections with people, as you do more things, as you create things, and gain skills. In the book I just mentioned, Cal talks about a concept in the scientific community called the Adjacent Possible. If you think about all of our collective, scientific knowledge as an ever-expanding bubble, then the Adjacent Possible is right outside that bubble. Right within our grasp. That's where most new discoveries are made. As we continue to make new discoveries, and we continue to grow that bubble the Adjacent Possible grows as well. New things we didn't even know were possible before start to come out of the fog and start to be within reach. In an article for the New York Times, Steven Johnson states it eloquently, "The strange and beautiful truth about the Adjacent Possible is that its boundaries grow as you explore them." This concept perfectly illustrates how you can go about finding work that you love. As you learn and do more and meet new people new opportunities and possibilities are gonna emerge that you didn't even know existed before, and that were completely inaccessible in the past. Also, this focus on skills and experience, rather than passion or enjoyment, is gonna become immensely helpful when you reach the dip. A concept that the author Seth Godin popularized in his book of the same name. The dip is the point at which pursuing a skill becomes difficult or boring. Let me tell you, this always comes no matter what skill you're pursuing. At first, things start out fun. Your interest in the subject keeps your motivation levels high and you're able to grasp the low-hanging fruit pretty easily. As time goes on, though, eventually those easy progress gains stop coming and the initial novelty of the subject wears off. To give you an example, beginning weight lifters often make huge progress gains when they first start lifting. I'm talking, like, adding 50 pounds to their initial squat after just a few weeks. Lifters call these the "noob gains." They happen because beginning lifters are using muscles that they already had but in ways that they haven't been used before. Also, they're not really lifting enough weight to truly challenge their body's ability to recover quickly. Pretty soon, though, most lifters hit a plateau. A point where gains, either, really slow down or stop altogether. Even though they're continually hitting the gym as much as they were before. This is the dip for lifters. They have to do a couple of things to really push through it. Number one, they have to adopt smarter training techniques that take into account the additional recovery time needed for higher levels of performance. But number two, they really just have to adopt a lot of sheer determination to keep pushing through and making progress even though the rewards have started to diminsh. This is the exact same with any skill that you're pursuing. At first, it's going to be easy. The initial levels are going to be easy to conquer, it'll be fun. But, eventually, those rewards will diminish and to continue building that skill, to reach true excellence, you do have to adopt smarter training methods and you also have to simply have the grit to keep pushing through even though it's not fun. Once you do push through that dip, and once you do start building true excellence, this is where things actually do start to get fun and interesting because now you have the skill to start doing things that most people can't do. You also have enough experience and work under your belt that people trust you and they know who you are. That means they're gonna start bringing you more interesting proposals and projects which are gonna be a lot more fun than the grunt work you've been doing before.