Finding your passion

Part of the New Guinea Commerce Winners Don’t Cheat Series.

By Sean Jacobs

‘Well we sucked,’ says the musician Dave Grohl. ‘But we loved what we did so we kept playing. But we always found ways to improve… we kept sucking but eventually with improvement we became Nirvana.’

Grohl’s simple approach highlights the value of sapping some enjoyment from what you do and how important this is to propel to new heights. I use the term ‘some enjoyment’ because finding your passion is not always an easy or complete endeavour.

Many of my young friends, for example, studied law with ambitions of prowling around the courtroom but ended up ‘hating it’. Others started with hands on professions but found that, with experience, they’re more cut out for the corner office. Many successful people also say that they ‘still don’t know what they want to do’ even after rising to the top of their professions.

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