Find your passion, they say. As if it were easy. As if, just by looking around the place, you might stumble into what you love – a glimmering spark hidden, just out of sight, until that very moment.
Consequently, it doesn’t work that way, psychologists say in a new paper examining the basis of people’s interests. And while people might mean well when they tell you to ‘find your passion’, the advice isn’t just a cliché, the researchers explain. It’s bad advice.