What’s the biggest secret to success in my life?

My biggest success secret comes after I found my true mission in life, and today I can’t wait to share it with you.

If I will be given a chance to hand this piece of article to my younger self, I will definitely do. But my past learnings contributes on where I am now. The most important advice to my younger self might even save you a decade or even less.

If you are thinking to shift from a day job you hate TO pursuing the passion that you love I would like to first recommend a book called, “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” by Cal Newport is the best starting point to read.

There are 4 key points from the book that any passionate individual needs to understand. I personally got involve with what I call “passion compulsion revolution” on the early stage of my career. This kind of thinking leads me to a lot of trials and mistakes. But eventually, I finally figured out that being so good and impossible to ignore is not a quick formula, and this missing link helps me restart my quest again to my ‘passion’ journey.

“Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it.”

After reading the book it became so clear to me the most critical link why a lot of people unfortunately ended up on the result that they didn’t want, even if they choose what they think is the BEST for themselves. Whether it’s staying with their full time job, OR shifting into their desired passion, as Cal Newport explained, “No one owes you a great career, you need to earn it — and the process won’t be easy.”If you've been thinking ways how to pursue your passion lately, please PAUSE. Instead used that time and energy to read this 4 important learnings you are about to discover below:

1. A premature pursuance of passion can lead you to a dangerous path.

“Follow Your Passion” Is Bad Advice

We are asking the wrong question from the very start. What is your passion? — In this question, a lot of people will definitely choose their hobbies, activities that gives them freedom to think, things they enjoy doing since childhood. These are the sets that can be considered we have less practice. With less practice it means that these are the underdeveloped skills, and as we all know, little skills can lead to mediocre results.

How to achieve quality results?Instead of asking that question we can ask “What skills I can build around my chosen career in order to give positive impact to others?”

2. Having CONTROL needs time, rushing it makes you totally out of control!

“If your goal is to love what you do, you must first build up “career capital” by mastering rare and valuable skills, and then cash in this capital for the traits that define great work.”

“Doing what you love” is a very brave but ambiguous move.

We live in the age where everyone seeks freedom and control in front of them. This is where the ‘courageous passionate’ leads to probable failure. Freedom is something you earn, it is something you invest by building career capital firsthand.

A lot wish to escape the first trap of cubicle world to do what they love, not knowing a more bigger trap awaits outside.

The second trap is following passion without an ally.

If you achieved freedom and control without enough fund + career capital, sustaining this passion is not as easy as we all think. On Cal Newport’s book he pressed on “Control that’s acquired without career capital is not sustainable.

This is not to encourage to give up passion, because passion should be always in you. It will be your guiding torch to reach your ultimate happiness. But before diving make sure to invest time and gain some expertise. This is more about giving impact using the career that you choose. In the long run the longer you invest honing your skills the stronger the impact it’ll take affect to you and to others.

Instead of aiming to be passionate, aim to be a craftsman.

3. Building a career capital leads you to being a craftsman.

“Craftsman mindset focuses on what you can offer the world, the passion mindset focuses instead on what the world can offer you. This mindset is how most people approach their working lives.”

What defines a true craftsman is the number of countless hours of practice with the skill that gives value to other.

People who build their skills that cover the bills, are the ones who is more likely to have less stress in terms of financial stability. We‘ll all agree that the less people think about money and survival the more creative they are.

Decide on something you can offer to the world to give positive impact to others by:

  • honing your skills

  • gaining hours of experience

  • Investing not just time but also money on learning

  • investing on key relationships

4. Great work leads to a mission, which on later part defined as “Calling”

“If life-transforming missions could be found with just a little navel-gazing and an optimistic attitude, changing the world would be commonplace. But it’s not commonplace; it’s instead quite rare.”

If we can notice, “calling” comes on the later part. It is the product of great work, a life-transforming mission. And as Cal Newport emphasized “mission is HARD” — A phrase that gives me an idea that everyone should be prepared for hardness. Invest their strength and patience, pay the price on gaining skills, and reaching on key relationships.

Ultimately passion will follow your path. An adventure worth pursuing.

Premature Passion Vs. Mature Passion

Premature passion if pursued — the survival rate will be very low. The essential parts should be fully developed first before it could work. If not, mediocre works are anticipated.

Premature passion can be often destructed in terms of finances, taking almost all the opportunity that arises just to cover the expenses, which leads to losing track of the original focus. The phrase “earning doing the things I love” is so popular on premature passion stages. Their effort is on things that they preferred, and often avoid areas that is hard and frustrating. A habit that will lead them far from building a true career capital.

Mature passion on the other hand, comes after earning enough expertise. It is the stage where essential parts are fully develop. Personal and financial confidence are present. This is where control happens, from the book Cal stated that “..people with more control over what they do and how they do it increases their happiness, engagement, and sense of fulfillment.”

Mature passion results to quality after quantities of experience, the right stage where you can achieve the freedom of control.

Mature passion won’t take forever to bloom. As long as it’s fully formed, honed and prepared. Then it’s ready for delivery.

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