A prudent response from Mike Rowe on not following your passion

I was inspired this past weekend reading a prudent viewer response from Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe about a comment he made in recent video special suggesting that you shouldn’t follow your passions.

It’s not often these days that we get such a thorough, measured response to a viewer from a famous person and I applaud Mr. Rowe for taking the time to do it, it’s absolutely worth the read.

The part that really struck me was this:

Just because you’re passionate about something doesn’t mean you won’t suck at it. And just because you’re determined to improve doesn’t mean that you will. Does that mean you shouldn’t pursue a thing you’re passionate about?” Of course not. The question is, for how long, and to what end?

You can find the full text of Mike Rowe’s response here:


I’ve adopted the WP Hide Dashboard plugin

I adopted a plugin this week. WP Hide Dashboard.

Normally when somebody adopts a plugin it’s because the original maintainer doesn’t have the time, or just doesn’t feel like pursing it anymore.

Unfortunately for everyone, the reason I’ve adopted this plugin is because the author — a dear friend of mine — Kim Parsell passed away a couple of weeks ago.

I wanted to make sure that the plugin she took so much pride in having written didn’t fall by the wayside in her absence. So, the good news is, I’m not planning drastically change the plugin — outside of changes she’d previously expressed to me but didn’t have the time to implement.

I made the changes and tested against the latest stable version of WordPress. I think it’s going to be pretty light-touch going forward.