13 Sep 12 4:04 pm
I will have to agree with jimcoe on his answer, but I would also like to add something from personal experience. Keep in mind it is only my experience and personal observation, so it might not be true for everybody.
To me, passion is something completely relative, so I cannot rely on it completely in life. It might be a fad I am going to give up after a week or two. It also might become a 24/7 obsession that burns out my health. In my case, usually both turned out true. I'd get fired up on a topic, research it and explore it while sacrificing my sleep and diet, and I would eventually sacrifice a lot of my health for a fading interest that seemed to be a passion at first.
After a few painful lessons, I stopped following my "passions" and started following my interests instead. I was always a perfectionist when it came to my passions, so I could never get anything done, my expectations were too high, and my stress levels were the highest. Following interests is easier than following passions because it keeps my head cool from making irrational decisions in the heat of the moment or making unrealistic expectations for myself.
In my experience, passion usually became my master while I always remained a master to my interests.
That's just me, of course. Being an impulsive and unfocused guy, I had to learn to deal with my urges to get involved in anything I found interesting and neglect my health. Passion easily throws me off balance in life, and it does the same to many people with a similar character to my own. Knowing yourself makes it easier to know how you should deal with your passions.
Sure, it's inspiring to hear stories about people following their hearts and succeeding, but nobody unfortunately ever does stories about people following their hearts and failing. I believe you can shape your life the way you want it and follow your passions, but there are just too many factors that define success (including hard work, communication skills, personal development, and so on), so it is not possible to bet all of your money on passion.
Oh, and money comes when you get an audience. If people care about what you have to say, money might follow. Unless you have an audience, you can have all the passion in the world, but it won't bring money to the bank.
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