After reading the New York Time’s most emailed article of “Follow a Career Passion? Let It Follow You” by Cal Newport, it made me think a lot about my own career and passions that have followed. If you read the article, you find his reasoning for “Passion is not something you follow. It’s something that will follow you as you put in the hard work to become valuable to the world.” I have my own story that relates to this article that I want to talk about today.
In many things in my life, I start to do something without knowing what will be the outcome. I make decisions based on intuition and just pure trying-out-things. No, I have not fallen off the cliff so far :). This was my approach when I started running. Running was not always a passion of mine. When I started running, I wanted to try and see how much and how far I could run. I started running block-by-block and mile-by-mile. I built my running over the years. Since 2007, I have logged more than 6000 miles. I never thought that I would be running this far. At time of writing, I completed 21 marathons with a Personal Record (PR) of 3 hrs and 21 minutes, and 2 ultra-marathons. I also completed many 5ks, 10ks and half marathons. Over the years, I am also becoming a very competitive runner. Recently, I was placed 3rd overall male in a 32 mile ultra-marathon. Even though I started running without directions, I have grown into it. I have found my passion in running. I also redefined my competitive edge in-life. It has helped me as well as many others who are following me in many ways.
Running was not always a passion of mine, but I have grown into it. It does not always have to be passion that you follow. If you keep on doing something, it will eventually become a passion in your life.
What are you following? Is it following you? Is it becoming a passion in your life?
Written by: Suman Silwal, Founder marathonRuns – mRun.com, marathon and ultra marathon runner since 2007
Edited By: April Stalevicz