Some of you are taking issue with my recommendation to forget your "passion" and to take the highest paying job.
Allow me to explain why "Follow your passion" is dangerous advice and what you should do instead.
Reason #1: Preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work.
There's a multitude of reasons you may end up liking your career, but "passion" is rarely one of them.
You often become passionate about what you get good at.
If you're part of the 3-5% of 18-25 year olds that *actually* knows what your passion is, and you are making enough to meet the basic needs of you, and your family (if you have one), fine, go ahead, but you're the exception to the rule.
When you start letting outside influences determine how you feel, you're abdicating your personal responsibility.
Research shows that changes in our circumstances only give us a temporary "bump" in our happiness level.
Happiness is created through intentional attitude change.
You can definitely be happy "In spite of..." whatever circumstances life throws at you, but there are things you can think about, actions you can take, and habits you can create to elevate your happiness.
Here's a tweetstorm featuring 25 things I intend to teach my 2-year old son.
[Spoiler Alert]: A bit of a surprise for those who make it to the end...
1.) You should always try to go to bed smarter than when you woke up.
For the best way to get smarter, see #2.
2.) You should read a lot. Reading makes you more empathetic & this world needs more empathy. In our house, you’ll always be surrounded by books
"In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none. Zero." - Munger
3.) Sleep more. You sleep more than 11 hours a day right now. As you get older, there will be more demands on your time and it’s tempting to sacrifice sleep. Don’t. People who sleep more have better health, sharper thinking, improved memory and many other benefits.