A million people have probably told you to “follow your passion.”

So much so that you want to drop your current job and set out to chase your dreams of becoming a 5-star chef.

While that may be thrilling to think about—it may even be a more fulfilling career option—you can’t afford to gloss over the rough parts.

Yes, you should follow your passion, but here’s what every person who sets out on this journey should be ready for: the consequences.

Going after your dreams is beautiful and natural and deeply satisfying, but you mustn’t forget that passion and dreams, just like everything else in life, don’t come without risks.

When people dish out the ‘follow your passion’ advice, they fail to factor in three major truths that you need to accept. Let’s look at them in a little more detail.

Passion Will Not Guarantee Ease—You Might Even Have To Work Harder

“Oh, it’ll be easy because I love it.”

Sound familiar?

Most people follow their dreams, thinking it’ll be a walk in the park because at least they like what they do. What they don’t realize is that even doing something you like doesn’t mean it will be easy.

Sometimes, following your passion even means working harder because it’s something that’s completely new to you. You might have to invest time in learning it, get used to its mechanisms, and put in extra energy for you to do it right.

So if you decide to embark on this journey to follow your dreams, be ready for all kinds of unpredictability.

You Might Have To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

With passion comes compromise and sacrifice. That means you’ll need to borrow time and energy from other parts of your life.

This could be your job, family, education, or even your finances.

You might have to shuffle your routine around a little bit, tone down your lifestyle, or even give up your sleep.

Most successful people who chose to answer their calling go through a very tough struggle to get to where they stand. Even though this isn’t necessary, and you might NOT have to go through it, being informed and prepared is always great.

You Might Lose Friends—And People You Love

When you decide to do something you really enjoy but you’ve never done, many close friends and family will consider it their responsibility to tell you that you’re not making the right decision and that you should reconsider it.

So if you’ve decided that 2020 is going to be the year you start doing what you truly love, you need to be okay with hearing negative things and having the courage and emotional stability to cope with it.

But In The End, It Will All Be Worth It

Even though these truths might sound harsh, and following your dreams might get difficult, in the end it’s all worth it.

There’s no greater satisfaction than doing something that truly feels right and fulfilling to you. So no matter how exhausting it gets, or how much effort you need to make in order to achieve it, things will eventually turn out in your favor.

If you’re currently in the process of achieving something you’ve always dreamed of and it’s getting a little overwhelming, try the NIKU app to help you resolve your issues and get through the tough time.

The app was created using the principles of neuropsychology and functions as an online psychological counselor or an online coach to help you expand your own vision. It also enables you to become a better, more stable person.

The app is available on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.