This is such a powerful quote as it very nicely encapsulates the thesis of Cal Newport's excellent book So Good They Can't Ignore You, why skills trump passion in the quest for work you love. Cal Newport makes a compelling case for why the "Pre-Ordained Passion-Hypothesis", although it produces nice sound bites, is not only unhelpful but also can be harmful to individuals who incessantly search for their 'true passion' . Watching Lebron James dismantle the Boston Celtics in Game 7 last night, and talk about how his love for the game drove him through fatigue, pain and adversity to lead his team to his eighth straight NBA finals seems to perfectly illustrate the validity of the "Pre-Ordained Passion-Hypothesis." However as all NBA fans already know, Lebron is a true anomaly and the real unicorn in the NBA. Therefore trying to model your career trajectory after Lebron's is of suspect value. I am an unequivocal hoops junkie, who can watch and discuss hoops all day, but even I have the perspective that while basketball is a sport I am infatuated with, it is just a hobby. That is why major professional sports jobs are so incredibly difficult to land.
If you have been following this blog or my Youtube Channel for some time, you will surely know how much I absolutely love reading, and if you haven't it is never too late to start. But in all seriousness, reading is the superpower of the 21st century. I had recently just watched the Avengers: Infinity War movie and the superpowers exhibited by both the supervillian, Thanos, and by all the Avengers are remarkable, but they truly pale in comparison to the superpower of fostering a true love for reading and continuous learning. What makes reading such a game changer?
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