As much as people like to talk about being passionate about their jobs, some of the most successful leaders () agree that following your passion can be some pretty terrible career advice.
Therapist, author and speaker Esther Perel agrees. The relationship expert, who has a new podcast called “How’s Work,” says those who focus too much on finding passion through their work may be doing themselves a disservice.
“First and foremost, work is not passionate for everybody,” Perel tells CNBC Make It. “Work can be really satisfying. Work can be rewarding. Work can be meaningful.”
However, she says having a job that supports a lifestyle — in other words, one that pays the bills — is also a perfectly acceptable, not to mention common, reason to have a job.
“Work can be solving a problem because you have huge debts, or because you’re taking care of people that rely on you,” she continues. “There’s a lot of other meanings to work that don’t have just to do with our passion.”