“Follow Your Passion” says the media and common popular culture.  It seems so simple: If you follow your passion in life, you will gain happiness and fulfillment.

But life is not as simple as that saying.

The first priority should be to gain financial security and physical safety first.   If there is any time left over, then you can follow your passion.

People can define financial security and physical safety differently.   In this article, financial security and physical safety can be defined by having enough monetary resources to be able to have a roof over your head, have the capacity to pay current and future bills, be able to feed yourself and potential dependents, be able to not be too cold or too hot at your place of lodging, have some level of confidence that you’ll be able to pay future bills, and be able to live in an area where you don’t have to worry about being mugged or shot.

So financial security and physical safety doesn’t mean that you have to be rich.   But it can also be achieved by other means such as having a paying job, or being supported by a family member, parent, or spouse, or even by taking a loan that you feel confident will be paid back.

But after this basic level has been achieved, then you can choose to follow your passions.  People are then free to choose how they can allocate their time and resources to achieve their life goals.

Opposing View: Don’t Follow Your Passion:

However, there is also another point of view.  There’s a Fast Company article which says that following your passion as it relates to a career is the wrong thing to do.  Cal Newport also has a book: “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” which explains the Passion Trap.

Follow Your Passion: But Financial Security and Physical Safety First
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