Management Tip of the Day: Don't do what you love

Fri Jul 1, 2011 10:34am EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Making what you love into your actual work can inspire great dedication and a sense of meaning, but sometimes that passion can make you miserable, or worse, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"It's common wisdom to do what you love. Management experts usually promise that happiness and fulfillment will follow. But that's not always the case.

Here are three reasons you may want to avoid pursuing your passion:

1. It's not your strength. You may love to do something you are just not good at. Because it can be hard to self-assess, ask for frank feedback from those around you to know where your strengths are.

2. You're too emotionally attached. Passion may cloud your judgment. When you care deeply about something, it can be hard to be take criticism or let others get involved.

3. It's a hobby, not a job. Sadly, you can't be paid for everything. What you love may not be lucrative. Instead find something you like that pays."

-Today's management tip was adapted from "Don't Do What You Love" by Dorie Clark.

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<p>A sign which reads 'Love' is seen on a tree at the tent city homeless community, known as Pinellas Hope in Pinellas Park, Florida June 6, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>