is it possible to balance passion and prudence?
Somewhere in between prudence and passion lies the point where each person finds their professional future. I’ve learned that there’s a smattering of different ways one can hit that point, most of which start with a prudent nature, but then move towards passion. How many young college students pick a major, and grow to love it, ya know? However, people who still haven’t settled into their selected careers do well to realize that the process is dynamic and ultimately different for everyone.
In fact, finding a career I think is a lot like reading a good story for many of us.
Usually there’s a problem that has to be identified. We see some sort of need or discrepancy in the world that needs to be supplemented. Before that still is an identification of a skill or talent that we feel strongly about. In fact, we’re less likely to recognize problems with things we know little about. Essentially, it’s like a knight in shining armor noticing that there are princesses to save… it’s what he does, so he’s tuned in to that particular issue.
Now, ultimately this is where things veer in different directions for different people. There’s a whole legion of young Americans whose stories are nothing too fancy. After recognizing needs and problems, they train for them and ultimately spend a life chipping away through gradual training and experience. Some reach great heights, others settle into a portion of their story that is comfortable and consistent.
Yet others of us choose to tell more varying tales. Here’s a bit how mine goes. I’ll try to write it like a blurb on the back of a novel designed to give enough of a gist to lure someone in for 500 pages.
Growing up, Collin never knew he had an illness that would haunt him many years into the future. Now, with the rest of the world with him and against him at the same time, he races against prudence in a battle to justify his passions. Every day, Collin fights with ambition and creativity that is both empowering and disabling at the same time. One day, shortly after he decides to take a path against his and his loved ones better judgment, something happens and his life is changed forever. This is his last chance to become a name of recognition and achievement, or be lost in his own dreams forever…
It’s almost painfully awful and yet so true. I don’t know many people like me. We’re a fairly rare breed these days. We can’t shake the feeling that doing what we want is the most important thing. There are a few out there, and they would be the types to read this book. They would likely somehow do whatever it takes to justify their commitment to heed their passions at the cost of the typical life choices that makes someone, well, reliable.
Hanging in the balance of those two things, I can’t stop myself from doing what I love and somehow making it work. I’ve learned that confidence in who you are and what you can do is key. It most often gets you to where you’re going before you are actually responsible for achieving success in your endeavors. People are willing to take chances. Ultimately, however, you have to decide to make things happen.
In the meantime, I just work on being confident and powerful with some odd hope that a few people who may see me that way can spread the word and turn my dreams into being a self-made man into realities.