Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Interests Blossom Into Passion

Barefoot enthusiast. College dropout. And commune hippie. Three phrases that describe a person who would eventually change the world.

Steve Jobs.

Although Steve Jobs wasn’t passionate about technology or entrepreneurship, the spiritual young man would eventually leave the commune and create Apple Computers.

Not because he wanted to advance mankind, but because he saw an opportunity to make a quick buck.

In the 70s, Jobs noticed that the new model-kit computers were selling like hotcakes.

Knowing an electronic wizkid who could build circuit boards, Jobs reached out and pitched him a business idea [and I’m paraphrasing]: “Build me circuit boards, so I can sell them to a local electronics store and make us a thousand dollars.”

Steve then contacted the store owner who turned down his offer.

“I only buy fully assembled computers,” said the owner. “If you can get me 50, I’ll pay you $500 each.”

This proposal blew Jobs’ his first business idea out of the water, and gave him a much more lucrative one.

Jobs jumped at the opportunity and eventually, with the help of his friend, took over the world.

Apple Computer was a lucky break, not a result of passion. Although Jobs did eventually grow to love his job.

The point?

The path to a great career is more complex than “Follow your passions.”

For starters, not everyone has a passion that’s valuable in a knowledge based economy. 

A survey by a Canadian university revealed that 96% of the identified passions were related to art and sports. Only 4% had a shot at a viable career.

Plus, there’s zero evidence that our DNA or personality decides what we should do for a living. Probably because our biology predates jobs.

So how do people fall in love with their work?

One part is the lifestyle it offers—status, power, creativity and autonomy.

The other part that creates job satisfaction is mastery.

Put simply, we like to be good at stuff. So if you put in the hours, an interest blossoms into a passion.

What does this all mean?

Rather than focus on the specifics of a job, find out what you want your life to look like.

Next, recognise opportunity and build the appropriate skills. 

You don’t want a job, you want a way of life.

P.S. This is simply a bad retelling of Cal Newhart’s So Good They Can’t Ignore You. If you want a remarkable career, I highly recommend you read it.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach