Article Analysis: Follow a Career Passion? Let It Follow You

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Amy Buell
English 110
April 29, 2013
Passion of the Career
Steve Pavlina, a self-help author, once said, “Passion and purpose go hand in hand. When you discover your purpose, you will normally find it’s something you’re tremendously passionate about.” In the article “Follow a Career Passion? Let It Follow You,” Cal Newport shares his experiences of how he came to the conclusion of his career by letting traits lead to what he loves about his work and not necessarily passion. He points out that in high school students are encouraged to follow their passion, but then comes the problem of not quite having an idea of one specific passion. The concept of having a certain passion can be quite intimidating and even leads to some people doubting if they really are in the right place once decided. When Newport considers his options he doesn’t want to focus on his passion but rather traits that he acquires like holding that sense of feeling knowing he is where he is supposed to be. I agree with Newport to a certain extent. I think that you start with a small passion and that passion continues to grow with time. My own career passion involves a major in Communications as well as an associate degree in American Sign Language and I know that as long as I strive for success and don’t give up through the difficult times I can accomplish this. ASL has fascinated me since the first time I remember seeing a person sign. ASL is an intricate language that started in 1814 with Dr. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet. Gallaudet had a nine year old daughter who was deaf and because of his determination, he and a few others were able to start the first deaf school in the United States. Gallaudet had a passion for life, family, and friends so as he began to learn more and more about this language, so did his passion. Newport advises that, “Passion is not something you follow. It’s something that will follow you as you put in the hard work to become valuable to the world.” Indeed...
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