The Follow-Your-Passion Myth and What’s the Truth

The following article is based on a quote from Roy Williams' Monday Morning Memo; always an inspiration. This week especially. This week even I need it... lol

Why am I not explaining it myself? Because he is a better writer. Because he says it better than I can ever say it: you need to bring your passion, your love, your happiness to everything, instead of waiting (hands out) for it to be provided.

And, of course, this includes raising your vibration, transformation, healing: pretty much all the things you expect someone or something to provide.

Human Being is powerful, is meant to be powerful. Waiting for something to be given to you is PRETENDING TO BE POWERLESS. Not a human being. Raising your vibration is a function of your starting to use your Human Being capacities, instead of settling for the status quo, resigning to living a hum drum life.

One of the books I'll write someday is a collection of true stories gathered from extremely successful people.

My business as an advertising consultant and seminar speaker has put me face-to-face with many of the brightest stars in the entrepreneurial sky. And rarely do I miss the opportunity to ask them,

"Can you recall that fateful moment when you chose the fork in the road that led you to where you are today? How did you first get into this business?"

Never - not once - has a successful person said to me, "I followed my passion."

But this is the answer you will hear again and again from people who are serving time in prison.

The world is full of rich people who are not, and never were, successful. People who stole the money, inherited the money, married the money, won the money in the stock market or in the lottery, cheated others out of the money or were awarded the money in court, do not qualify as "successful" in my admittedly subjective opinion.

The "Follow-Your-Passion" myth is pervasive because successful people are usually passionate. But those people would have been passionate about whatever they chose to do.

Their jobs don't give them passion.
They give passion to their jobs.
The same is true in successful marriages.

Moon-eyed dreamers who say, "I just can't find my passion" always act like I kicked their puppy when I tell them that passion is not a magical ether that can be located and tapped into. Passion is the shrapnel that flies from a three-way collision of determination, commitment and action.

While we're at it, let's pull the mask off a couple of other myths:
(1.) Passion doesn't always manifest itself as happiness. Passion is also behind deep grief. (2.) Passion isn't always confident. Worry is misguided passion, fearful passion, but it is passion nonetheless.

Don't do what you're passionate about.
Be passionate about what you do.
Don't follow your passion.
Let your passion follow you.

Passion is created when determination and commitment are joined by the nitroglycerin of action. Leonardo da Vinci said it 480 years ago and he said it in Italian. Here is the clearest translation:

“People of accomplishment rarely sit back and let things happen to them. They go out and happen to things.”

Listen to Leonardo.
Go out and happen to something.
When we hear the laughter and the dancing,
the crying and the grief, we will know the shrapnel is flying.

Roy H. Williams

Now, how do you do that? You see, one of the problems with teaching anything that is an "inside job" is that talking about never taught anyone DOING anything, or BEING anything.

So how do you bring passion to what you are doing? How do you bring happiness to life? How do you bring connectedness, and intimacy to your relationships? How do you bring trust to life... instead of waiting for life to give it to you?

Let's start with passion... it will shed light to the whole phenomenon, I hope.

When you want to experience passion, when you want to experience loving the thing you do, you need to bring energy to it. Energy in every action you do. Energy and full presence.

Wallace D. Wattles says it best in his The Science of Getting Rich. 1 He calls it these principles "Certain Way" and "Effective Action"

You should read and re-read the book, but here are some excerpts:

You cannot act where you are not; you cannot act where you have been, and you cannot act where you are going to be; you can act only where you are.

When you act and be, when your eyes and attention is on what you are doing, not what you are not, you start building the foundation of success and power.

It is really not the number of things you do, but the EFFICIENCY of each separate action that counts.

Every act is, in itself, either a success or a failure. Every act is, in itself, either effective or inefficient.

Every inefficient act is a failure, and if you spend your life in doing inefficient acts, your whole life will be a failure.

The more things you do, the worse for you, if all your acts are inefficient ones.

On the other hand, every efficient act is a success in itself, and if every act of your life is an efficient one, your whole life MUST be a success.

When you put all power in all action, considering every action a task on its own, and you do it to the best of your ability, you won't waste time with mundane actions that you don't need to do. You will drop those ad put all power in actions that are effective, meaning they take you where you want to go, and you do them efficiently, meaning that you don't do them as long time as you have, but as fast and as expeditiously as you can.

When you bring these two principles to your work, to your relationships, to your workout, to your learning, you'll fall in love with them.

Each successful action will provide you with the return energy you need to keep your power and energy up, because each action is a success. Success feeds you back with energy, and you'll experience yourself powerful and successful. Guaranteed.

If you need an activator to support you in this, the "All power in all action activator" is pretty great, and now you have the capacity to fully use it. 2


  1. If you need a copy of this book, you can get it here:
  2. on September 4, one of the capacities that were included in the DNA upgrade is the capacity to put all power in all action.

Author: Sophie Benshitta Maven

award winning architect, magazine publisher, transformational and spiritual coach and teacher, self declared Avatar

4 thoughts on “The Follow-Your-Passion Myth and What’s the Truth”

  1. ‘Following My Passion’ excused all kinds of flaky work habits and dissatisfaction. I am slowly being made aware that I have to bring it TO what I am doing, Seeing The Big Picture of developing a mindset that digs in and does the dull, hard, frustrating work of my path and values the experience for what I learn through doing it.

    PS: I really get a lot from the book titles mentioned from this site… just finished the book ‘Thou Shall Prosper.’

  2. It’s a powerful article. I’m starting to see that I’ve been used to honoring the distractions for most of my life, letting my mind wander somewhere else while as I was doing something… not seeing the mechanism makes one think that he can’t help doing even mundane things 5x slower than everybody else, it simply makes you give up doing them, so you’re running away from action, not letting the energy circulate.

    I also find planning the action difficult, almost impossible ex. when it comes to playing the instrument – I remember deciding upon choosing an instrument that is unfamiliar to my father, so he cannot judge me as much, so I can practice and progress totally on my own… and here I am now, without a teacher and a clear goal, not sure how I can get better, which would be totally different if I continued musical education (go out and happen to things, so to say). I guess the joke’s back on me.

    I’m on it though!

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