Since I talk a lot about dreams and becoming the best, you ask me a lot about how to find what you’re passionate about. Fair question. But you know what? I never go down that road. I just don’t.
I don’t know who made up, “You’ve got to do what you love,” or “You’ve got to follow your passion.” I’ve never really done that. I commit somewhere and then I find my passion. People will say, “Bo, you’ve got to follow your passion. You’ve got to do what you love.” And I say, “No. You’ve got to commit and then you’ll find out what you love and what you’re passionate about. I don’t follow my passion. My passion follows me.
Whether that was playing in the NFL or writing a play and performing it in New York City or being a speaker, I’m not following my passion in those areas; my passion is following me. I commit to those areas and the hard work it takes and then my passion follows me.
The problem is that most people think they’re going to make a mistake. They think they’re going to choose wrongly and waste 10 or 20 years committing to something.
You’re not going to waste those years.
You’re going to learn the principles of what it takes to be the best. You’re going to learn the principles of commitment. You’re going to measure yourself and see what you’re made of and that translates to any occupation, that translates to a good marriage and that translates to great parenting.
All you’ve got to do is commit. If it’s the wrong thing, that will reveal itself to you.