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What's your excuse for not pursuing your passion?

Mr. Smith talked about all kinds of excuses we are making for not going for it in life. I have many tiered dreams in life, and while some are checked off (like working abroad), others still need to be (like changing the world). I find myself thinking that there are too many gatekeepers in the world and too much potential for environmental destruction (i.e. putting out a certain product), so I am always rethinking my "passion", and hoping that I don't come across something where others or the world have to suffer just because of my own ego / narcissistic need to self-actualize.

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    Mar 19 2012: Following a passion does not have to result in plundering the earth. Following a passion does not have to mean a strive for significant profit. But I don't think earning a profit from hard work should mean that a person is no longer following a passion.

    I think that some of the comments below reflect society's built-in "programming" that stops people from stepping away from the obvious, risk-free path. "It is bad to strive for profit". "People who follow their passion plunder the earth's resources". "You are too young". "You need more time/money." Sorry, these are all excuses. You should not feel bad about not following your passion (or starting a new business, whether it is a "passion" or not) - you are no less a person. But you should not use these excuses to stop you from doing something that you would actually like to do. Most "successful" people ("successful" by almost any definition) fail a few times before they experience "success". Treat the failures like stepping stones.

    These comments may reflect Western culture, but I think it has more to do with what your passion is; meditation, raising children, creating great artwork, writing software, training people - whatever.

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