This might be of interest for some. I will formulate it in this way:
The more emphasis you place on finding magic you love, the more unhappy you become when you don’t love every minute of the magic you do.
How many times have you heard magicians say: “I love magic, it’s my passion.” That is often only the justification for the never-ending search for “new” stuff, props, gimmicks, videos, DVDs, and so on. Their justification is: it’s their passion.
The same principle applies to people and their jobs. The urge to find a job that fulfils passion is paramount. We have hundreds of unfulfilled and unhappy early twenties. People in this age often define their personalities through their careers. They strive to find that one job that is their passion.
The problem is, as with every job, art or in fact, activity, that there certainly are things which are not so nice, fulfilling, or pleasant, but still have to be done. Going through these means to be prepared for boredom, and sometimes shallow things.
In magic, one of these things is practice. Repeating a move or routine endlessly can be boring. Most magicians don’t have the patience and endurance to go through it. For them, it is better (and maybe more satisfying) hunting for new tricks. Finding out how the thing is done gives pleasure and a happy feeling. It’s their passion...
So, if you just base everything on your passion, then the moment I described in the beginning of this article will arrive very soon.
Mastering magic (as any art) has a lot to do with boring things that demand your endurance and perseverance. It has less to do with passion, but with discipline.