Great ideas and passion

So, as a senior in college, I’m often told to do what I love. Follow my passion. If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. However, I’ve been fortunate enough to have started college once and had a “real” job/career and experience before my second shot at college. And I realized several times over that passion isn’t everything. At some point natural ability has to take over. I am passionate about Latin dances (bachata and salsa), but I do not have the natural ability. I can get good with practice, I can get really good. But I’ll never get great. This is the same issue I have with swimming, theatre, running, and several other endeavors that I love and am passionate about. I also understand that money isn’t everything. This why I got out of being in the Navy with an incredible sign-on bonus and guaranteed job. But I think there’s a balance. And honestly, I completely agree with Mike Rowe’s TED talk about a war on work. I urge everyone to watch it. If you don’t have time, just go to halfway through and watch to the end. I hope you enjoy and leave comments.

-Jen

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One thought on “Great ideas and passion

  1. Emm… Jennifer, I appreciate your passion and love for your job. You said you are an average girl, mean you can be good at something but cant be great, right?

    I read a book ‘Outliers’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outliers_(book) see if the link works.
    In this book authors says that everybody is genius, he has discussed steve jobs, Bill gates, Einstein, and have mathematically proved that they were normal as we are, but the only thing that makes them different than us was ‘Practice’. He is of the view that we all get get mastery on anything if we practice that specific thing, say swimming for 10,000 hours. Give 10,000 hours to anything and you will be perfect, if you have to.. 🙂

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