Rethinking Passion and Info Overflow

Yesterday night while doing some online reading of some Art of Non-Conformity, I stumbled upon some posts in Cal Newport’s blog Study Hacks–specifically, one of his posts in his Rethinking Passion series (I don’t remember which post I first read).

Perhaps it was the Passion Trap article. Or maybe the Danger of the Dream Job Delusion article.

In any case, the ideas that Cal puts forth for rethinking the idea of “finding and following your passion” mentally rocked me, in the way that a different and unexpected viewpoint can.

So, some serious planning and consideration to be done.

May thoughts

I’ve made some progress this last month in terms of my life, I think. I feel like April was somehow packed with forward motion, in short bounds, at least–I’ll definitely take it over the alternative of stagnation.

Mondays and Wednesday nights have mostly been spent doing some combination of reading, planning and considering. Tuesday and Thursday nights have been more focused on Muay Thai than reading, depending on how energized I feel. The Friday nights of the past month have been fairly productive as well.

Change can be difficult, but now that I’ve been learning more about the 6 sources of influence that affect any change effort (in another excellent book by the authors from VitalSmarts), my eyes are more open when attempting any change. I’m currently reading more about the specifics of each of the 6 sources of influence and intend to have the book finished by the end of this week. Needless to say I’ll be looking for ways to apply any lessons as soon as I’ve been informed of them.

I need to surround myself with passionate people whose thoughts, motivations and actions aren’t limited by preconceptions of possible or impossible.

  • Where do I begin to find the people who aren’t afraid to think big, think for themselves, pursue their dreams and achieve the “impossible”?

Today is 1 day before a full 3 weeks of trying to follow the framework suggested in the FranklinCovey FOCUS workshop. The most difficult part for me is probably tackling tasks in the priority that I understand them to be, which is naturally one of the most important parts of achieving one’s highest priorities.

Work has been busier.


And the improvement process continues.