Passion in one’s career can lead to exhaustion and burnout, challenging the belief that “doing what you love” always results in a fulfilling and effortless experience.
Recent research by the authors challenges the notion that passion is always beneficial in one’s career. While passion is often praised as the key to success and fulfillment, their studies with over 700 participants reveal potential drawbacks. Feeling passionate about work can lead to exhaustion and burnout. This suggests that the popular belief of “do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life” may not hold true for everyone. The findings raise questions about the balance between passion and well-being in the pursuit of a fulfilling career. It’s important to recognize that passion can have negative consequences and that individuals should be mindful of their energy and overall well-being while pursuing their professional goals.