Do both, but know when to focus on one or the other and in which capacity.
Following passions is great, but if it’s in a business sense, you could ruin your passions. For instance: someone loves to paint, so they leave their full time job in banking to “follow their passion” and paint full time. 6 months later, they’re broke, and hate painting. Extreme? Maybe, but you get the idea.
Following opportunities is great, but following blindly could lead to some pretty awful places. Example: you’re great at making money doing XYZ, but you say yes to every opportunity to do so, and become overworked, burnt out and have zero time for passions.
Follow both – decide what’s important and don’t get too caught up in either.
Here are some interesting pieces on the topic:
- This one references an interview with Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs, which I also loved! http://yellowhammernews.com/faithandculture/alabamian-gets-schooled-mike-rowe-dirty-jobs/