“Dont Follow Your Passion, Follow Your Effort.” – Mark Cuban
I, like most guys here in the Philippines, watch the NBA. I love the games, and watch because of the players. But sometimes the off-court action can be interesting too. Which brings me to Mark Cuban.
He is my favorite NBA owner – by far. He is very vocal (less so now, but quite so a few years ago) and can be obnoxious, but most of the time he has a point. Up until he decided to talk less, he was the most entertaining off-the-court NBA person.
But more interesting for us, he is a self-made billionaire. But with regards to entrepreneurship he had this to say: “Dont Follow Your Passion, Follow Your Effort.”
At first read, it’s confusing (How come everybody tells me to do so?) and seems like a put down (Don’t bother with your passions, they suck).
And interestingly enough he is putting down your passions. He argues that everyone is passionate about something, usually more than one thing. But those passions won’t amount to anything. It’s the effort you put in that determines your success. And if you put in the effort, you become good at whatever it is. And the better you get at it, the more you enjoy it.
Of course, we can only give so much effort at something we don’t care about.
But my interpretation is that our passions can help narrow the choices of where to focus our
efforts, but we need to realize that we also have to commit. We need to focus and exert effort, if we want to achieve any kind of success. We can’t get sidetracked and pursue everything we love or are passionate about.