OK, the passion needs a comment.
It’s ball and chain because at first, it consumes money and time, and the only thing it gives back is pure joy. Imagine yourself studying to get a degree and also working at the same time, but you can give full attention to neither of these activities because you have passion. And a passion is a thing one does not simply stop doing.
Later it might even prevent from finding a job, because “how will I find time to do what I am passionate about?”.
And how can I study to get necessary life skills if I want to study things related to passion?
That is the STARTING POINT, as bad as it could be.
However, your comments are welcome!
I’ve heard both ideas many times. So, which way to exercise is the right one – with the gym or without?
The question is what problem are you solving? If it’s money – find a way to exercise without a gym. If it’s motivation – a membership will help you.
No advice is universal, that is why I always try to raise a question first, and only then to look for an answer. Answers without questions are only for entertainment.
Both quotes are common, the first being more rational, the second being more spiritual. So, no contradiction here, just different fields where they apply. If we want to give material things, we must have them first, if we want to teach, we must know first. But if we talk about spiritual things, like love, support, inspiration, then the more you give, the more you get back.