Everyone’s talking about passion.
Find your passion, pursue your passion, monetize your passion, share your passion, build your business and life around your passion.
What about this…be done with passion?!
There. I said it. It’s out there.
What a word. I used to love it. I still love what I see it standing for.
But it’s become so loaded. And so watered down.
It’s the new NEW authenticity.
Does anyone really know what it means any more?
Pop-psychologized, over-hyped, commercialized, productized and maybe time to be eulogized.
Seriously wonder if it’s officially jumped the shark.
Why? Because I can’t say it in conversation without cringing and feeling like my credibility in the presence of hardcore visionaries, makers, creators and seriously kick-ass entrepreneurs and business people just plummeted. It’s a visceral thing.
Yet that’s the word everyone uses. Maybe it’s because that’s the word everyone uses that I’m now having so much trouble keeping it in my lexicon.
Well, today that stops.
I’m not using passion any more (okay, maybe on occasion).
I’m switching to something else, dunno, maybe “driving interest.”
What is that? It’s something that keeps you up at night. Something you do in your down time from a place of pure intrinsic motivation. It fascinated and engages you. It makes you come alive. It’s the thing you can’t not do. For money or not.
Maybe you’re saying, “this is just semantics.”
Maybe it sounds a whole lot like your understanding of passion. Maybe you’re right. But words matter. Language matters. So when a bajillion passion pushers hurl the word around as justification to buy their product or start a blah blah blah, it loses what made it magical to start with.
In making this switch, I get to create a different term. Something far less slathered across the world of personal development. And I get to define exactly what I mean by it.
At least to me, that matters. I feel good talking about driving interests. I’m not concerned about rolled eyeballs or being viewed as a dreamer or huckster when I use that phrase. Not true when I talk about passion these days outside the already indoctrinated woowoo crowd that I know and love, but also don’t want to represent the boundaries of my reach.
Curious, am I the only one who’s done with passion?
Or is this the bleeding edge of a movement?
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