What fascinates you drives your passion

To answer this question, one must first ask how one actually finds passion. Let's start from the thesis that passion leads to success and success in turn guarantees a fulfilling professional life. But there are two different views: The first is based on “follow your passion”. This means that you look for something that you are very interested in and then do everything to get better at it. This is usually associated with a high risk. What if it turns out you're just not good at it? Or if the supposed passion turns out to be an unsuitable career choice? Do I have to become a karate teacher just because I'm passionate about martial arts? Or an astronaut because I'm fascinated by space?

Passion drives us and ensures that we grow beyond ourselves. In the best case scenario, it helps us to go to work (almost) every day with joy. The reward for this is both material (in the form of money) and psychological (in the form of recognition). Both should motivate us to pursue our work even more passionately and thus to become even more successful.

The second view takes a different approach - first comes success and then passion. We discover that we are good at something. The sense of achievement that follows motivates us to try harder. The likelihood that we will be successful with this is much greater. And that in turn leads to more passion. The self-made billionaire Mark Cuban therefore said: "Don't follow your passion, follow your effort." Do what you are good at. Just think about yourself: what was your favorite subject at school? The one you liked to deal with or the one you did your best at?

Some even go a step further and advocate the thesis: "Screw finding your passion". Which means like, the passion is looking for you, not you for it. It's not so much about finding one great passion, but more about doing things that you are good at and that also give you pleasure at the same time. Best of all, of course, when you find something that you can also earn money with.

The problem with “follow your passion” is that we lack the childlike spontaneity to just try things out. Everything has to be thought through, considered, planned and the risk carefully weighed up. It's okay for children to change their areas of interest, play basketball for a month, and tennis the next month. This behavior is unacceptable in adults. One is quickly labeled as “inconsistent” or “too poorly focused”.

But are people happier who only pursue one passion and align their entire life with it? And how many of us are actually passionate designers, thoroughbred designers through and through, even in our free time? Can't look at a menu without thinking about revising the restaurant's logo or sitting on the bus without thinking about what to photoshop on people's faces. Perhaps it would be good for one or the other to have more than just one passion in life and to expand one's horizons with ever new impressions.