Words on Wednesday – The Problem with “Follow Your Passion”

What’s wrong with “follow your passion”?
problem with follow your passion
Another related quote:

The most fulfilled people I’ve encountered in the marketplace approach their work, in any context, with the question, “What can I add?” rather than “What can I get?”

Both quotes from Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Dayby Todd Henry.

What I’m Reading:

april 22 stack

Recently Added

The Classical Music Experience: Discover the Music of the World’s Greatest Composers Im previewing this one to see if I’d like to have our oldest daughter work through some of the lessons from Harmony Fine Arts, which use this book as a spine.

Recently Finished

Who Buries the Dead: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mysteryby C.S. Harris. The mystery of Devlin’s origins is being slowly unfolded. I have to say, there was a death in this book that shocked me, because I thought Harris would want to string that particular mystery along for more entries in the series. Frankly, the parts of this book that dealt with Jane Austen and her family took me right out of the story. I’m not an Austen purist, but she just didn’t feel like an organic fit in this series. Still, this was a decent entry in the series.

Princes at War: The Bitter Battle Inside Britain’s Royal Family in the Darkest Days of WWIIby Deborah Cadbury. Well written, on a subject that fascinates me. (Plus I enjoy a book that references other books I’ve read, like a biography of George VI). The only decision I don’t understand is the fact that Cadbury completely ignores the Princess Royal and her affect on her brothers. The fact that she was an apologist for the Duke of Windsor, and was one of the few members of the royal family to seem to accept Wallis Simpson, ought to have been included in this story of a divided family. (Only the title “Princes at War” wouldn’t have worked any more, I guess.) The extent of the Duke of Windsor’s involvement with the Nazis is a truly treacherous tale.

If you liked the movie The King’s Speech, or you’d like to know more about the royal family in the turbulent WW2 years, you will enjoy this book.
Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literatureby Lisa Borgnes Giramonti. Some of these rooms are so lovely I wanted to climb right into the pages.

Recent Kindle Additions


Current Read Aloud

All-of-a-Kind Familyby Sydney Taylor. This series about a family in the early 20th century in New York City was one of my favorites as a child. My 13 and 10 year olds have already read it for themselves but they listen in as I read to their 8 year old sister.

Current Book to Review

Savor: Living Abundantly Where You Are, As You Areby Shauna Niequist. This one is hard to review because it’s actually 365 daily devotionals. It’s a lovely book though, so watch for a review soon.

Go Ahead & Like Itby Jacqueline Suskin. And this one is hard to review because it’s kind of like looking at someone’s personal scrapbook. But as someone who keeps little scraps of paper and lists, no matter what they might be, I do like the look of this book. Complete review coming Friday.

So, what are you reading now?

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  1. I have read two books this week which have pulled me out of my reading slump. I just finished Sara Gruen’s At the Water’s Edge. I enjoyed it more than Water for Elephants. I also read Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell. It was a bit gruesome, but I liked the mystery which is unusual for me. I picked up Pioneer Girl after reading your post from last week. That is a monster! I am probably just going to read sections. I enjoyed the introduction.

  2. Our sense of individualism and satisfying the individual is so strong in the West. I really like your quotes … especially about serving others rather than serving self. Not that I’m any good at it, mind, I just like the ideas.

    I’ll have to re-check out the Harris book. I don’t like it when real people invade stories like that, and I am a bit of an Austen purist, so that may be interesting.