This is already the second time I read something about not following your passion. After all, it's hard to define what passion is. Is it a feeling that simply fades away? Then, that means the moment your passion fades away, you stop doing the things you're excited about. Or is it something deeper than a feeling? Regardless of what "passion" is, you have to pursue something that is more practical and easier to define. It's hard to do something you cannot even describe. And as Thai Nguyen suggested, curiosity is easier to define, to describe, to pursue. And who knows, maybe your curiosity will lead to your real passion.
"The most popular life advice—follow your passion. It’s prevalent because it is wise. The only problem, it’s easier said than done. And we spend much of life on a frantic goose-chase. In order to follow your passion, you need to find it. That’s where most of us need help—try make soufflé without a recipe.
Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert gave many an “Aha moment” recently—forget about passion, follow your curiosity: “Passion is rare; passion is a one-night-stand. Passion is hot, it burns. Every day, you can’t access that…but every single day in my life there’s something that I’m curious about—follow it, it’s a clue, and it might lead you to your passion.”
Her advice comes with good company, echoing Einstein who remarked, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” The late Steve Jobs, in his commencement speech reflected on his success: “Much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.”
Curiosity is the vehicle that takes us from finding, to living our passion; it builds the bridge."
Article: 7 Ways Successful and Fulfilled People Think Differently by Thai Nguyen