Research suggests the following about following your passions and finding your calling:
- There’s a difference between a harmonious passion and an obsessive passion. Obsessive passions can have negative outcomes as you become dependant on them. Harmonious passions are more in your control, reflect your better qualities, and complement other important activities in your life. So align your passions to your goals in life and your philosophies of living.
- Having a calling is only a benefit if it is met. “If you already have a burning ambition or purpose, do not leave it to languish.”
- Perseverance and hard work without passion is mere drudgery but with passion they propel you forward. Do not work too hard on those activities that are not part of your callings.
- Conversely passion can result from hard work. If you don’t have an obvious calling, you would benefit from experimenting with different activities and pursuits. And if that doesn’t yield a result, many different kinds of activities can result in a passion after hard work is rewarded by progress.
- Doing work you enjoy may seem a sensible way to follow your calling but you’re more likely to reach your desired level of passion by working towards what you care about. Pursuing what you care about, rather than what you just enjoy, can stretch and sustain you indefinitely.
To summarise what’s key for me: pursue what you care about in a way that positively complements other aspects of your life and don’t let you callings languish.