Well, that and “the network.”
And maybe “business acumen.”
Here’s a great explanation of why “passion” is not the most important thing in your career, courtesy of (surprisingly) Mashable . They’re a little overenamored of their witty alliteration and use of other “P” words in their article, but they cite some respectable thinkers and the points they raise are valid.
We get BSers talking about their “passion” in their MBA apps All. The. Time.
And All. The. Time. it makes us roll our eyes.
If you don’t have time to read about why, then just take our advice today and don’t talk about “passion” in your essays.
If you want to read more, you can check out these prior posts on the subject:
- “Passion” might work in certain situations (just not essays): Context matters: Presentation and content in interviews
- An oldie but a goodie: “Your thoughts on ‘passion’ essays?”
- The one that started it all: Punt on the ‘passion’ please
And oh yeah this one too:
- One of our many pet peeves Business Acumen