Career, passion and Karma

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Most of us want to have it all: Great careers, balanced family lives sparked with travels and hobbies, maybe even passions.

Since I’m currently on a gap year, it seems like a good time to reflect on a few things. Today, I do feel that Career, Passion & Karma are like three legs of a stool. Check this out:

♦ Career

University students are hardwired with the belief: Work hard, pay your dues, you will have a great career. But you will fail to have a great career: If you love what you do, you’ll have a passion and not a career. If you don’t, you can still have a career but I won’t be great because you will be working hard for something you don’t love.

“Like” and “Love” aren’t the same: think relationships, if you simply like it, keep looking. Hey, it’s fine not to know what your passion/calling is from day-1, my point is that you better enjoy yourself at all stages of the process of finding out.

> More on this on “Why you will fail to have a great career.”, a brilliant TED video. Very unique speaker as well, comes across as a bit socially awkward yet still manages to convey a brilliant message


We all grew up with many interests (sports, music, arts…), and we look up to those who live up to their passions (athletes, artists…): It’s well accepted that passions can be the highest expression of ourselves. Aren’t passions what you love doing everyday?

So, I’ve kept asking the same question, over and over: “What would you do if money wasn’t important”? What would you do with your life? More Flyfishing, more family time, travelling?

It’s not about winning the lottery, it’s about knowing where you want your time and energy and how you will get there.

Let’s pause at this stage, you might think “Yes, it’s easy to encourage people to quit their jobs and go play, but we all have blablabla….”.
Some commitments we have cannot be altered, but most of them can. Waiting for a promotion, or the end of the crisis, paying your dues at work, getting more experience… aren’t good excuses.

> More on this on “The 4-Hour week” blog. Tim – the author – is all about simplifying and regrouping: less work, more efficiently.


I like Karma, in and outside business: What goes around comes around. I’m reading Guy Kawasaki, Shawn Achor, Derek Sivers, Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss… They all support the “pay forward” mentality that fuel many entrepreneurs.

It’s important to make time, share and help others, if being a nice person is not enough of a reasons, the strength of your social relationships is the single characteristic that distinguishes the happiest 10% of the population from everybody else.

More on Karma with Reid Hoffman, PayPal/LinkedIn exec’, he uses Georges Clooney as an example. Georges came to Hollywood in ‘82 and landed his ER gig in… ‘94. Talent and connexions will help you, but only your attitude and persistence will help you truly accelerate what you do and seize opportunity when they arise.

Be your nice self, look into a direction you love and keep at it, good things will happen.

> More on this in “Enchantment”, Guy Kawasaki, Karma List by Derek Sivers
One more before I go:

“Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted”, Larry Smith.

-Rodolphe (initially published on


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