Everyone keeps telling us ‘Follow your Passion’ and ‘Follow your heart’ and things like this. People tell us to make our interests our passion, but hardly has anyone told us what the difference between interest and passion is. There is a fine line between Interest and passion and we all need to understand that to make better choices for our careers.
Interest means a topic or an area which helps you prevent from getting bored or helps you occupy your time well. Interest develops as a hobby. When one is spending time in honing the hobbies or other various skills, he is just developing his interests. He is only making firm grasp on the interests which make him utilize his time well. On the other hand, Passion drives a person and makes him lead his life.
John C. Maxwell said, “Passion gives you an advantage over others because one person with passion is greater than ninety-nine who have only interest!”. He was correct saying that, as passion is a feeling of intense enthusiasm towards or compelling desire for something. An eager interest can lead to passion. A passionate person doesn’t fear failure, because he knows, he will anyway make it to reach his goal.
An Interested person is not inclined to make anything happen. Passion drives a person to accomplish great heights and never stop in between. While interest is just followed to gain happiness. Interest can be temporary, while Passion is the ultimate goal and it makes one happy. A passionate person can be interested in various other things, while an interested person requires so much will and determination to be passionate about something.
At the end, it is important to realize one’s own potential. It is important to realize what makes us full of energy and enthusiasm. It is believed that if you don’t know what you are willing to die for, you are not fit to live. This is passion and needs entire dedication into one thing. Interests can be many and can be managed in a little time too, but Passion needs all efforts.