Why ‘Follow Your Bliss’ Might Be the Worst (or Best) Advice in the World with Javan Bernakevitch

When you go home at night after a long day’s work what do you do?

Do you find yourself getting lost in something?

Maybe a task or an activity that causes time to just disappear. One that you do for hours and hours never glancing at your watch, thinking about food, or checking your phone. An activity which you wake up excited to do, knowing that it’s 6AM and you won’t get a chance to do it until 6PM. Maybe it’s a hard activity that takes a lot of time and keeps you up late at night. And despite that maybe it’s an activity that you just can’t stop doing. One that you think about throughout the day, and one that you think about lying in bed making it hard to fall asleep.

What is that thing that you get lost in? Is that your bliss?

It might be.

And if it is, are you following it, because it might put your life on a different track…

As Joseph Campbell, the originator of the follow your bliss concept stated…

“if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.’  When you do learn to recognize it and when you do find it, Campbell contents that it put’s your life on a different track…”  The Power of Myth

Should you walk into the unknown following your bliss with the hope that it will lead to open doors?

In many ways yes and in many ways, no…

Because your bliss gets you started on the journey, but that journey may or may not lead to livelihood and opportunity…

Bliss is just one part of the journey, one tool to use along the way…

Given that, should you simply follow your bliss, and is that the best advice in the world or is it the worst advice in the world?

One of the many ideas that I’ll explore in today’s show with Javan Bernakevitch…



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Notes from the conversation with Javan Bernakevitch

  • “It’s very hard to discovery something when you are in a comfortable space.”
  • “If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.”
  • “You have to do it by yourself, but you don’t’ have to do it alone.”
  • Why are you doing it?
    • Make sure that you keep focus of that.
  • “The key to being interesting in your work is being interested in your work.”
  • Whats the minimum amount of work that you could do to test an idea to see if it’s viable and if you like doing all parts of it consistently?
  • Are you arguing with reality?
    • What is the situation really saying?  Would it be easier and better to listen to that?
    • What are all of the signs saying and are you pay attention?
  • Danger of following your passion.
    • There might not be long term fulfillment there and livelihood.
    • You might enjoy it sometimes, but not all of the time.
    • You might not be good ad it.
    • The world might not want or need it.
  • The importance of identifying your why.
    • What do you want out of your life and the situation?
  • What are you inherently gifted at?  
    • Don’t just let the gift/passion or just the opportunity guide you.
  • Try to combine solving problems, your innate gifts,  your passions, and opportunities to create a path.
  • “Keeping an eye on the horizon, but feeling your feet.”  
    • Know what’s possible, but realize where you are at.
  • As the late Joseph Campbell said… “We are having experiences all the time which may on occasion render some sense of this, a little intuition of where your bliss is. Grab it. No one can tell you what it is going to be. You have to learn to recognize your own depth.”

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