Follow your passion.

Nothing wrong with it.

Except as with all good things, when they get “parroted” by dumb people, they become clichéd or hackneyed.

I personally prefer this Japanese word: ikigai – the reason you get up in the morning.

Less used, but its “similar” with passion.

But if a famous author or big time motivational speaker starts to use ikigai, then everyone and anyone will start to put ikigai on their lips.

Ikigai this, ikigai that.

And if I want to attract your attention, what do I do?

Write a book and titled it: Don’t follow your ikigai!


In marketing, we call it Product Differentiation. In investing, we call it being a Contrarian.

Yup, its all bullshit. A rose by any other name is still a rose.

Don’t follow your passion is a winning strategy?

You know and I know the majority of readers and bloggers in our community are seeking financial freedom to escape from their dreary jobs.

If we love what we do, and we are having fun, why would anyone want to retire from it? Duh!

So how is not following your passion working out for you?

Not much good as the opiate for the masses, does it?

Everyone wants to open a café

Notice this trend?

For those not in the financial freedom community, who do you do when you hate your job?

Open a café!

Be your own boss!

If anyone quotes Rich Dad Poor Dad about being a Business Owner, I’ll put my middle finger into my mouth.

I tell you, sooner or later some snake oil will start to run workshops or seminars on how to open your own café with no money down!

Nothing new. Old wine in new bottles.

Those with more experience in life may laugh off the silly “distractions” we lived through…

Remember MLM – Multi Level Marketing? You smart; others not stupid.

There were a time when our classified pages were filled with ads screaming you can become a millionaire by becoming an insurance or property agent – build your own “business”!

Clever right? You are “not” working for others.

Like that, are taxi-drivers also “business owners”?

Now what has replaced those classified ads of yesteryears by social media?

You tell me. LOL!

Follow or not follow our passion?

If you have to ask or get your answer from others, then it doesn’t really matter. Does it?

P.S.  A special shout out to Passivepeon who’s comment in my previous post was the catalyst and inspiration for this Roar of the Heart post.

Singapore Man of Leisure (welcome to my blog; just google it!)