We always hear we must be passionate in order to be successful… That we must follow our passion in order to be happy.
The creator of Dilbert has a different take:
It’s easy to be passionate about things that are working out, and that distorts our impression of the importance of passion.
I’ve been involved in several dozen business ventures over the course of my life and each one made me excited at the start. You might even call it passion.
The ones that didn’t work out – and that would be most of them – slowly drained my passion as they failed. The few that worked became more exciting as they succeeded.
As a result, it looks as if the projects I was most passionate about were also the ones that worked. But objectively, the passion evolved at the same rate as the success.
Success caused passion more than passion caused success.
-Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert