"Follow your passion"—probably the worst piece of advice I've ever received.
I've been told to follow my passion during countless moments of confusion and frustration about my future. The words have followed me through conversations I've had, books I've read, and speeches I've sat through.
And they've stressed me out and made me feel worthless nearly every time.
That's because, until recently, I had no clue what I was passionate about. I never had that kind of heart-racing, life-expanding, lose-track-of-time passion. (If I had, I would have acted on it—believe me.)
And I always felt like not having a passion implied that I wasn't special. Like this elusive passion put those who had it in the group of fascinating people who were likely to live amazing lives.