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Sep 26 2012

Passion

After Academe has an interesting poste uppe about “finding your passion” or whatever.

The relevant kind of passion is the slow burn that keeps you calmly going about your business pursuing your goals on a daily basis for years or decades, and is rare. People who yap excitedly at cocktail parties about how passionate they are about their important goals are a dime a dozen, and tend not to make sustained progress actually achieving them.

3 comments

  1. 1
    recent Ph.D.

    Thanks for the linke and mention. Passion was nice while it lasted. Which wsa most of my life up until that point. I think I’d gotten used to it and begun to take it for granted … until it turned sour and poisonous. Now I’m learning how to get on without it and maybe figuring out what it’s really worth being passionate about in the first place. We’ll have to see where that leads …

  2. 2
    Chebag

    Wait…I thought you just posted about how fine you’d be with getting run over by a truck?

  3. 3
    blindrobin

    I was always envious of the sense of purpose that seemed inherent in the truly passionate ones. I settled for being proud of skill in my craft and the cynicism brought on by working in the intersections of governments and industry.

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