The advice “do something you’re passionate about” has been repeated in graduation speeches across the country. But when we start with passion, we’re leaving out the first part of the process.
Passion starts with caring. Without caring, there can be no passion. If you don’t care about something, you can’t develop a true passion.
“What’s your passion?” is an overwhelming and misguided question. Start with caring. Passion will come along later. The first step is to care about something so deeply that you need to take action. It might take a long time, but that’s why it’s like a seed.
Plant it now and one day it will grow into something amazing.