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Skill vs. passion: What’s better for your career?

Unsatisfied and desperate  --  a tale of two agents
  • Agent A has made a million dollars and is miserable.
  • Agent B is broke but brimming with passion.
  • The Bill McKibben story gives insight into the ultimate solution.

Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

Skill versus passion -- it's a topic I've thought about and applied to real estate often. There's a quote that has stuck in my mind for days, and it comes from Scott Adams, the creator of the long-running comic strip Dilbert. In his book, "How To Fail at Everything and Still Win Big," Adams said: “If you ask a billionaire the secret of his success, he might say it is passion, and that sounds like a sexy answer that is suitably humble. "But after a few drinks I think he would say his success was a combination of a desire, luck, hard work, determination, brains and appetite for risk. So forget about passion when you are planning your path to success.” What? Forget about passion? How could anyone say that? Most of us have been taught our entire lives to pursue our passions. Follow your dreams, and everything will fall into place, right? Well, not always. Adams has a point. Rarely is success based on either pure passion or solid skills. Most often, it comes down to a combin...