Interesting insight at the end of a year. Theo Priestley made me aware of the attached citation, which was provided by Prof. Scott Galloway in a panel discussion of the New York University Stern School of Business with Stephanie Ruhle on May 31, 2019. You can watch the complete 1 hour 20 minute video under the headline „The algebra of happiness“ here: https://youtu.be/-gfEjOgxBfI?t=1311. The interesting sequence, which I quoted in the following chart comes at minute 21:50.

What do you think about Prof. Galloway’s point of view: Don’t follow you passion, but find something instead you’re good at and become excellent there? It doesn’t really fit into the common nice career advice mantras stating: „You have to find something you’re good at, you’re passionate about and what people are willing to pay for.“

Was I passionate about IT? Honestly: Not at the beginning. When the former CEO of the German sales&service organization of Siemens Private Communications wanted to make me head of one of the largest SAP projects at Siemens almost 25 years ago, I resisted and said, „You and the CFO know why I’m doing this, and the 8,997 other people in the organization will think this is a punitive transfer.“ He looked at me, grinned and said, „You just have to know who you want to rely on.“

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  1. Just stumpled into this post and I think the quote is 100% accurate on this topic.

    There is even a whole book on this topic from Cal Newport, it’s “So good they can’t ignore you”. Almost a one sentence summary. Good read.

    Also a, in my opinion, great quote on this from James Clear: Motivation evolves from action. You first have to act, and see you acting, to be motivated.

    In some way I think we use passion and motivation interchangeable.

    Best
    Erik

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