The most common misconception about the Passion First Mindset is that simply having passions and thinking about them will bring them into your life. It’s important to start there, but to truly live Passion First, you need to be willing to make sacrifices and take risks when you’re pursuing what’s most important to you. This may involve doing something out of your comfort zone and going against the advice of others, even if they have your best interests at heart. Or, if you ask Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban, it might mean living on ketchup and mustard sandwiches while everything else goes into pursuing your dream!
If the path to your dreams requires a college education, a significant track record doing a particular job, or twenty hours a week at the gym, then get the most out of every minute you spend whichever of those you’re doing, and leverage the experience to bring your passion into alignment with your life. If you're just following along and doing what’s expected without a clear idea of what you want from life, think about whether your time and actions are really getting you where you want to be. You might need to take a different route, one that involves risk, sacrifice, and uncertainty, in pursuit of what you’re most passionate about. That is, if you’re ready to put your Passion First.