Follow your passion?
Today is Sunday and I don’t want to think much about my study, sometimes I need to take my mind off research. So, let’s talk about passion.. Many people say that we should follow our passion, do what we love and the money will follow.. Well.. some people think that is a bad advice.. I didn’t say that.. but Cal Newport (a computer scientist, avid researcher, prolific reader, author) mentioned that in his book entitled ‘So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love‘. I have not read this book yet, but my husband and brother-in-law read it, and enjoy his writing.. they really like all his books. These are some opinion of Cal Newport, read his book to discover more about his thoughts/idea/opinion 🙂
- Most people who end up living passionate lives, didn’t start by following their passions; instead, they focussed first on developing rare and valuable skills to a very high level.
- While they ended up living unconventional lives, many of them often followed conventional paths, like college and grad school, followed by a career.
- “The path to a passionate life is often way more complex than the simple advice ‘follow your passion’ would suggest.”
- Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it… So.. what is your opinion??
I read his previous book on study skills (recommended by my husband and his brother, Amchik); ‘How To Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less’. This book is really good for university students, so to those who are studying, go and grab one! There are lots of brilliant ideas, tips, advice and many other inspiring words from him.. so what you need to do is to apply and practice it! I am sure it will help you a lot in your study! I guarantee it can lead you to be a top university student, not only in academic, but you will also enjoy your university social life and perhaps become a leader in a society/clubs/etc or involve in many campus activities.. in a nut shell.. you will be doing great and have an amazing university life! What you need is a positive thinking and attitude! My advise is, be proactive, and enjoy your university life, you will have an amazing journey of 3-4 years of your study life, without realizing it! Enjoy it as much as you can..’enjoy’ here means, do your best in your study and yet get involve in many campus activities which are very exciting and fun! I did it and I really had fun during my undergraduate study in UMS, Sabah and my postgrad study in Massey Univ, NZ. And now here I am.. doing research in UCL, and enjoy my study here and love the research environment in my institute, Institute of Child Health, UCL. Alhamdulillah. Well.. it will be a long journey for me. What I really need now is ‘persistent and perseverance’, that is the most powerful tools for PhD student.
Alright, enough about academic.. he he he… my friend, Faiz posted an entry about ‘your dream job’ 2 years ago : If money didn’t matter.. what jobs would you consider pursuing?
I would like to add more; if location/family/whatever_that_you_think_you_need_to_consider did not matter as well.. so what would you love to do/be? Here is my so-called ‘dream jobs’ hihihi..
1st) I would love to be a diver, a master scuba diver! I wish I can dive in all beautiful dive sites around the world! I should study marine biologist! It is not too late, am I? So that I can become a diver and also a scientist/researcher!
Photos by David Doubilet
2nd) Expedition leader/organizer/guide (related to nature and outdoor activities only!)
Hee… my friends said that I am good in organizing and planning outdoor trips. Am I? Lakshmi, you there? hehe I guess I really want and really hope that everyone enjoy the trip/activity.
Left : Tongariro crossing trip! Right: Photo from HERE!
Hehe.. need to be tough I guess.. and have good skills!
Well.. did you expect that? those ‘dream jobs’ of mine? hehehe.. So.. what is yours??
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