Your work is more than just a mechanism intended to deliver a paycheck at the end of the week. It should be there to drive you out of bed every morning in search of something. What do you create? Answers? Solutions? Products? We all create something. The individual who is passionate about their work is the one who treats it as if they were a craftsman about to apply their maker’s mark to let the world know it was their hand that created something.
Entrepreneurs already have this figured out. They understand that by following your passion and working on projects that fuel that passion, there will never be a shortage of energy to complete the tasks that are required. When you have passion, everything becomes easier. Almost effortless. It also makes decision making easier. Entrepreneurs know that they cannot afford to work on projects that they aren’t passionate about.
If you apply this thinking to your work, regardless of what you do, you just might find that things will start to change. Work becomes fun. When work is fun, it starts to become easy to do. When it’s easy to do, you get in a flow and you don’t want to stop. This has been my experience during my career. My most fulfilling assignments were projects where a team of like minded individuals came together to complete a project. Sometimes we would spend days locked in a hotel conference room, only coming out when we needed food. Nobody cared. They didn’t care because it didn’t feel like work. It felt like we were creating something cool.
Here are three questions taken from our Career Coaching Starter Pack that might help you think about your passions:
1. At work, time passes most quickly when I’m doing _______________________________.
2. The challenges I get most excited about have to do with__________________________.
3. I might do _______________________ even if I didn’t get paid.
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