This is a very helpful article; thank you 😊 I think what you’ve written here isn’t really about “passion”, it’s about the right course of action to pursue a passion. It’s important to be prepared to pursue a passion but I believe it’s also important to ensure it’s objectively valuable.
As a European Community scholar, I spent 7 years studying and graduated as a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. I was prepared for my career. However, I graduated into a recession. It turns out that my chosen “passion” was one of the most insecure and whenever there was a recession, architects were the first to lose their job. I couldn’t get work and ended up delivering pizzas for $2 an hour + tips.
I fell in love with computer science, but this time I did my research to ensure that this was an objectively financially viable career to pursue. In 1 year I taught myself how to code and 22 years later I’m making multiples more than architects that stayed in the field.
The moral of my story is, ensure that the passion you choose is ultimately in your rational self interest and if so, then PREPARE. 🙏🏾