BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 04:  (CHINA OUT) Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi attends a press conference to promote his album 'In A Time Lapse' on June 4, 2013 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

Why you should never follow your passion:

Find your passion may be the very thing holding you back from power or induce or accomplishment.

The burning passion and unbridled entheasm and thirst to achieve these vague ambitions is so far from the right track it hurts. You want to become dispassionate, as in not passionate. Do the work and be in control. You do not want to be a passion slave. Passion typically masks a weakness. Passionate people can tell you all the things they are going to do, or have begun but they cannot show you their progress because there really isn’t any.  Dogs are passionate. What humans require are our two agents: Purpose and realism.

The purpose is to and for:

  • I must do….
  • I was put here to accomplish………
  • I am willing to endure…….

Realism is where do we start?

  • What do we do first?
  • What do we do right now?
  • How are we sure what were doing is moving us forward?
  • Wha are we benchmarking ourselves against?

On the contrast: Passion is about. and going to be.

I am so passionate about……..I am going to be………..

It is far better if you were intimidated by what lies ahead. Humbled by its magnitude and determined to see it through regardless. Leave passion for the amateurs. Make it about what you feel you MUST do and say, not what you care about and wish to be.

To do – rather than be.

Greatness comes from humble beginnings, it comes from grunt work. it means your the least important person in the room until you change that with results. Say little do much. Be lesser do more.

Say little do much. Be lesser do more.

Be lesser do more.

The above notes were compliments from Ryan Holiday, Ego Is The Enemy.