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Unclassified Info: Pursue your passions, and you'll be all right

June 13, 2011|By Gary Huerta

Last year about this time, I was pontificating to graduates about setting realistic expectations and telling them to get used to a world that is going to try to beat them down. Of course, I surrounded those nuggets of sage advice by further suggesting that a good dose of lounging by the pool should precede any attempt to dive right into the workplace.

For the record, I still stand by that last bit of advice.

Now, as for the other bit of advice — the part where I told last year’s graduating class to prepare for a pummeling at the hands of a cold, cruel world.

Ignore it. That’s right. Don’t listen to me or anyone else who might want you to believe your dreams are quixotic. Side note: I could have used a more common word to describe your unrealistic desires, but since I’m speaking to people with diplomas, I figured it would be OK to throw in the literary reference.

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The fact is, I believe you can achieve anything you want provided you are willing to answer a fairly simple question for yourself: “What is it that you are most passionate about?”

In order to find real success and happiness in your life, and to silence once and for all the knuckleheads like me who tell you the world is against you, this is one of the questions you will need to know.

Rest assured, you don’t have to come up with the answer right now. And you may not make this discovery until you’ve gone down a few roads. But eventually, you will find something that doesn’t feel like work to you. That something will simply feel right. It will make you happy. It will not require a herculean effort to get you up in the morning.

If that sounds unrealistic, let me offer you a real-world example — me. The one thing that I am most passionate about is writing. I love writing this column. I love writing my own works of fiction. I love writing just about anything. I could do it every day and it would never seem like work to me even though at times it can be quite challenging. But in my mind, those are two different things altogether.

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