Why Not Following Your Passion is Dangerous

by Daniel Batten on October 12, 2010

A study of 1500 people was done a few years back. If you want to look it up, its on page 35 of “The Attractor Factor” by Joe Vitale. In summary, there were two groups:

• Group A said they would pursue money (1245 people out of 1500 decided to do this)
• Group B said they would do what they loved and trust that the money would come (255 people out of 1500)
20 years later there were 101 millionaires from the entire 1500 people.
• 1 came from group A.
• The other 100 came from group B
That is an incredible statistic. It means that if you do not follow your passion, you have a less than 1/1000 chance of achieving millionaire-status: but you have an almost 40% chance if you do what you love.
It means that it isn’t a choice between love and money, it is a choice between both and neither.
But what if you are thinking “I don’t even know what my passion is?” Then

1. Ask 3 other people what they think you are good at and enjoy doing.

2. Write down hobbies and pastimes that you enjoyed (maybe from very early in life). Look for patterns.

3. Ask yourself this “Please allow clues about what my passion is to start revealing themselves.”

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Pat Armitstead October 13, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Good one ..i will let you know ok???…:)

Matt Wegner October 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm

I love that study! I refer to it from time to time because it’s so telling about why so many people are miserable in their careers. Keep up the great blog!

Chris Walton October 26, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Whilst the message of helping others first and following your passion is certainly a good thing – think about the chances of 101 millionares coming out of a sample size of 1500, unlikely ! Another Joe buy my stuff Vitale story…

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