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Don't Follow Your Passion. Follow Your _______________

I left the title blank at the end for a reason. You can fill it in with the word of your choosing. For Mark Cuban, that word is "effort."

In fact, Cuban says that following your passion is some of the worst advice anyone could give or get. Just because you are passionate about something doesn't mean you can make a living at it.

Remarking about his own passions, Cuban said:

"I used to be passionate to be a baseball player. Then I realized I had a 70-mile-per-hour fastball. Competitive major league pitchers throw fastballs in the range of 90-plus miles per hour."

(He felt similarly about basketball but only had a 7-inch vertical. So, instead of playing, he bought the Dallas Mavericks.)

Cuban's advice is if you really want to know where you destiny lies, look at where you apply your time.

"Time is the most valuable asset you don’t own," Cuban says. "You may or may not realize it yet, but how you use or don’t use your time is going to be the best indication of where your future is going to take you."

He backs his assertion with this reasoning:

  1. When you work hard at something, you become good at it.
  2. When you become good at doing something, you will enjoy it more.
  3. When you enjoy doing something, there is a very good chance you will become passionate or more passionate about it.
  4. When you are good at something, passionate and work even harder to excel and be the best at it, good things happen.

Perhaps Steve Jobs got the cart before the horse when he said, "You've got to find what you love. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking."

According to Cuban, it's the other way around. Putting in the effort will lead you to your passions, a job you love, and success in whatever way you define it. In his mind, effort trumps passion every time.

(Do you agree or disagree? Reply with a comment.)

Photo by Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America - Mark Cuban, CC BY-SA 2.0

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