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The Path Towards Passion: How miserable are you? How happy do you want to be?

Please help me. I want to know more about where you are on your path towards passion. I want to know what drew you to this newsletter and how this newsletter can better address what you’re looking for. I have a taxonomy of career misery and happiness that I find helpful in my own life and wanted to share, here. I would like to ask that you let me know --in the comments below or at if you prefer some privacy --which of these categories describes you, now

I dunno what my passion is, but I figure I should have one.

I might call folks at this stage the Passion-curious. I talk to people, often, who have a vague sense that they could feel more engaged with the work they do. They see others who seem powerfully connected to their careers and businesses, and they want that too. If this is you, you should take that vague feeling very, very seriously. It’s not going away; it’s not silly; it’s not self-indulgent. It feels that way, often, because a passion is a quiet, whispering thing at first. For many people in the past, it was absurd to think that work life could be deeply satisfying. But we’re lucky; we’re alive now when this is an attainable goal. It might take some work and some time. But it is doable, and you should do it.

I know for sure that what I’m doing NOW is not my passion.

Your job sucks. Maybe you are realizing that your whole industry sucks, at least for you. You have been on a path, and you are realizing it only leads to misery. You want out. I think of this as the Rip-cord Stage. (I also sometimes think of it as the Lawyer Stage, since I’ve known so many lawyers who hate being lawyers.) This can be a risky moment. You can be so anxious to leave one bad situation that you don’t take the time and planning that will help you land somewhere else. This can also be a fabulous moment. So many people make a series of decisions --school, grad school, first job, etc. --by following plans laid out by others. Sometimes, you just need to jump and provoke the crisis of uncertainty, to find the right place to land.

I know what my passion is, but I don’t know how to make a living at it.

This is when the Passion Economy starts to be real fun (and, also, more serious and, sometimes, more frustrating and hard). You know what your passion is --there is some physical product you love to make, or some kind of service you want to provide --but you don’t know how to make a living doing it. There is no single, easy answer. You can spend a lifetime refining. But there are some clear tricks and tools that can get you further down the road more quickly and with less wasted time.

I know my passion, and I know how people make money doing similar things, but what are my next steps?

To me, this is, truly, the best part of engaging the ideas in the Passion Economy. It is about refining the value you are providing, figuring out who you are providing it to, and honing in on what that value is worth. There are no quick, easy answers. But that’s what makes it fun! The answers lie in better knowing who you are, who loves what you do, and how best to connect with them.

I have a Passion business, and it’s going pretty well, but I think I could take it up a few notches.

This should be true of everyone with a Passion business. The goal is not stasis and final maturity. The goal is to constantly refine what you are offering, whom you are offering it to, and how much value you are creating. You change, your customers change, and everyone’s sense of value changes. So, your business has to constantly evolve.

Where are you on this path towards passion? Or are you somewhere else that I haven’t described? I want to know! Please comment below or email me. And let me know at if you want me to keep what you share with me anonymous.