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Cubicle Smarts | Why passion & profession don’t mix

Cubicle Smarts | Why passion & profession don’t mix
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First Published: Tue, Jul 26 2011. 11 58 PM IST

Hobby vs job: Find something you like that pays.
Hobby vs job: Find something you like that pays.
Updated: Tue, Jul 26 2011. 11 58 PM IST
Making what you love into your actual work can inspire great dedication and a sense of meaning, but sometimes that passion can make you miserable, or worse, says the Harvard Business Review.
Hobby vs job: Find something you like that pays.
“It’s common wisdom to do what you love. Management experts usually promise that happiness and fulfilment will follow. But that’s not always the case.
Here are three reasons you may want to avoid pursuing your passion:
•It’s not your strength. You may love to do something you are just not good at. Because it can be hard to self-assess, ask for frank feedback from those around you to know where your strengths are.
•You’re too emotionally attached. Passion may cloud your judgement. When you care deeply about something, it can be hard to take criticism or let others get involved.
•It’s a hobby, not a job. Sadly, you can’t get paid for everything. What you love may not be lucrative. Instead, find something you like that pays.
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First Published: Tue, Jul 26 2011. 11 58 PM IST