‘Find Your Passion’ is Terrible Advice

Students in Singapore, whose education demands specialization from an early age, provides the setting for this chapter on brain elasticity.

According to a new study from Yale, you’re better off developing your passion instead of finding and defending one.

“Those who endorse a “fixed theory” about interest tend to think of it as something already there that simply needs to be found. Therefore, they are unlikely to stray beyond the interests they already have. By contrast, those with a “growth theory” tend to believe that interests can be developed and cultivated. The common advice to “find your passion” supports a fixed theory and may eventually be limiting.

Reason is an ought only be the slave of the passions, said David Hume. Aristotle believed that emotions were able to submit to influence from rationality despite not being entirely from choice.

For more on “following your passion,” see this excellent video by Mike Rowe with PragerU, a media company that recently lost a lawsuit against YouTube.

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