There’s this constant drone that you need only follow your passion, and you won’t have to work; you have your reasons, results will follow; you set priorities, and everything just works according to plan.

That’s not how life works. Looking closer, we can get to reality, out of the ideology that keeps us blinded.


We only need to look at the root of the word “passion.” It comes from the Latin word for “suffer,” and that’s what a passion will often mean: It is something that you suffer from, but you also choose to suffer for.


Yes, following a passion should make it easier to actually get started working on the thing you are passionate about.

Getting started is generally the most difficult thing to do, time and time again. (We should have a look at how action leads to motivation, not the other way round.)

So, that helps.

Passion Needs Productivity, an Outcome

Putting your passion to work, especially when it is not just something like going out drinking and dancing (which I would hardly count as a passion; it’s a pastime–but then, I am an intellectual person), still means work.

You need to translate your passion into something productive.

Learning is necessary, improving your skills, practicing–but then you also need to produce something of it all.

The passion itself will not always be easy to follow, to put into practice.

Getting a book written about it, making a business out of photography (or at least getting a nice body of work together and presenting it), publishing (even if “only” online)–it will all entail work.

Work, Work, Work

It is work in and of itself to do something productive with a passion, and it can certainly entail work, aspects that you do not feel quite so passionate about.

You’ll have to accept that and decide how far you want to go, you are willing to work hard, for it. Or how much you care about those aspects that are work, and decide to be happy with only doing those that are fun.