I have put off this review for far too long. I received an electronic copy of Wisdom Meets Passion by Dan Miller and Jared Angaza some time ago in exchange for reviewing it, but I could not bring myself to write the review. Why? I really wanted to love it, but I did not!
I have been familiar with Dan Miller for several years, and heard him talking about his son Jared and the things he was doing. When I heard Dan talk about the book that they had written together, I was eager to read it. I have a lot of respect for Dan’s wisdom, and was ready to hear about that wisdom meeting his son’s passion. I did enjoy reading Dan’s part of the book, but I don’t think I learned anything new.
On the other hand, I found Jared’s “passion” to be unrealistic for most of us. His portions of the book showed an unwillingness to do anything he did not want to do. I felt like it came across as an immature life view. I realize that the whole idea of the book was to look at combining the wisdom of an older generation with the passion of youth, but it seemed to me that there was more of passion being used as an excuse than a willingness to learn wisdom.
I have to wonder if Jared’s life had been different if he would have been able to be successful just following his passion. If he had been born into the typical American family that doesn’t have a lot of financial wisdom, had $50,000 worth of student loan debt, and a wife and 5 children, would he have been as easily able to follow his passion?
All in all, the idea of finding “work you love”, as Dan has long taught, is a worthy goal. However, I would hesitate to give this book to a young person just starting out, because it might give them an unrealistic goal for life. For most of us, there will always be things we have to do for which we have no passion. For some of us, there will be more of that than for others. If we can recognize and accept that fact, it can build us into stronger people in the long run. 🙂