A Little Passion Can Go A Long Way

grantdee Careers February 12, 2011 9 Comments

 A Little Passion Can Go A Long Way

By Donovan Grant

"Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your mind. Put your whole soul to it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

Ralph Waldo Emerson


You’ve probably noticed that Passion is in the air. More and more lunchtime conversations are tackling the subject of loving the work you do. The question is do you have to love what you do to be an achiever?

The two gentlemen on the table next to me obviously had differing views on this very topic. Both employees had been with the firm for just over six months. One was about 25 years old, young single and free. While the other chap looked at least 48 years old and married with children. The debate got hotter during this little exchange:

Younger man: “Are you telling me that when you wake up at 6:00am on a Monday morning, you feel passionate about coming to the office?”

Older chap: “Yes that’s right! I have been in the IT field for over 25 years now and I love it to bits.”

Younger man: “Even on a Monday morning?”

Older chap: “Yes I do thank you very much. Every day.”

Young man: “I refuse to believe that. I like my job and the firm a lot, but passionate? No way. I love my girlfriend and my family and that’s it! Oh, and maybe my iPhone.”

That last comment made me giggle. Sadly, I had to get back for a meeting, so I don’t know how they ended up.

I guess in a way they both had a good point. So maybe it is just a case of beauty in the eyes of the beholder? And it is simply a question of semantics.

For example, some say love my job, some say like my job.

Some say do my work with passion, some say I’m enthusiastic about my work.

Some say I love Monday’s; some say I wish every day was Saturday!

I would love to have been able to ask Leonardo Da Vinci a question: “Excuse Leonardo my friends would like to know, do you feel passionate when you sit down in front a blank canvas?”

Maybe this quote by Da Vinci can give us a clue… Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.”

From my 20 plus years in the corporate world I have seen that most people like what they do, some tolerate it and there are a few that really love what they do. So does it mean that most people are secretly displeased and dreaming of the day that the perfect job will show up for them? Maybe.

As you might imagine we all have different motivations for why we go to work. Money is obviously a big one! But no matter what the other motivators are, it must be possible to find enjoyment in your career without being in love with it.

So what can you do if you really want to increase the love factor in your current job and achieve more?

I am inviting you to try these two ideas…

1. Start looking ahead. The leaders across society are all visionary and they are able to see a brighter future for themselves, their family and their organisation before it happens. People who are not visionary tend to see the day to day mundane stuff. By creating a vision and working towards that now you could bring the experience of the future into the present.

How will you know if you have created the ideal vision? Answer this question:

It is three years from now and your life is truly great, what does your ideal working day look like?

When you answer this, imagine that you are Da Vinci in front of the blank canvas and write or draw without editing. Take your time and try to make it as clear as possible, so that if someone were to stop you in the street and ask you, you could give them an immediate and clear response.

2. Commit to becoming the best You. By upping your game and holding yourself to a higher standard, this could create a massive shift in your attitude in work and in life.

Becoming the best you could be achieved by becoming a specialist. Gaining a deeper rather than wider background in the field of you choice. This could be achieved just by turning of the TV for an hour a day and reading the top three books in your field of interest. Try this:

What one skill, if you developed it in an outstanding manner, would help you the most in your career or business?

You may need to ask your friends or colleagues to assist you with this one. Many times other people may have seen something special in you that you have never seen in yourself.

So, do you have to love what you do to be an achiever?

I will let you answer that one for yourself.

What I will say is that life is a treasure and a treat and you owe to yourself to enjoy every single day. Remember that you have the power to create a bright future and your ideal working day, even on Mondays.

Are you ready to become the best you that you can be?

I believe in you and I am grateful to you for allowing us to serve you each and everyday!

Donovan Grant is a "Honest and True Step By Step Career change" expert. His systems help the average career changer as well as high flier get extra-ordinary results quickly. www.donovangrant.com.

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  • Donovan,

    This article got me really thinking. I believe passion is important, but we don’t always feel passioante about what we do. Working with excellence and having a vision for where we are going is key. That has always helped me stay focused and productive in reaching my goals.

  • Great article. Shared with others. Being the BEST “you” is key to much. Thanks Donovan.

  • Michele M Tremblay

    Hey Donovan,
    Thoughtful article. That is an topic I often think about myself. I always think some people get their joy from doing any job as best as they can. Their passions is to apply themselves completely to any task. Others are passionate about what they are doing and get their joy from the exact activity. Both points of view are valid and necessary.

  • Thanks Carol. That’s right Carol, when you are being your best, there is no competition!

  • So true Michele, that’s what makes life so good – the fact that we can choose what fires us up, because we are all different.

  • Hey Antoine, thanks for that. I think you’re right about having a vision, goals and excellence. When we wrap those together with a compelling reason, we become unstoppable!

  • Jill Taylor

    I like what you’re doing, Donovan! If I was looking at a career change, I would DEFINITELY want to talk to you!

  • Jeannette Webb

    Donovan, I love your focus on being the best you in the current situation. That provides hope and stabilization. Great job!

  • Thanks Jeanette, Let’s keep the hope alive.