Oftentimes, people may not feel excited about the work they do. When it comes to their jobs, the excitement is not always there. Maybe it is early on, but it does not last long. But if you’re someone who’s excited about it, what are you most passionate about at work? There can be one thing people enjoy the most, but often not much. In this article, I will discuss the meaning of passion, and what really makes someone passionate about work.
What is your passion? Is it meaningful?
Passion is a term that’s thrown out very often in life. We hear the common saying “Follow your passion”, or as Steve Jobs once said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” There are a lot of quotes about passion and work, but these are a few of them.
However, not everyone agrees on the idea of following your passion. It seems to be contradictory these days. Even entrepreneurs such as Mark Cuban think it’s one of the biggest lies to believe in that concept.
But here’s the reality: Not many people follow their passion in life. Instead, they end up doing work that’s not fulfilling. That can easily be at a job they don’t enjoy doing that much.
So what can be done about it? If people are not following their passion, then it’s a bigger problem that needs to be addressed.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”Steve Jobs (Former CEO of Apple)
What makes people passionate?
Sometimes, it’s not about the job title or responsibilities that people find intriguing. For sure, one of the biggest reasons is money, especially if individuals make a high salary.
Money is a big reason, as everyone needs it to pay for the necessities in life (i.e. living expenses). People will take jobs because it can be high-paying, and they’re going to work hard to earn the money.
Another one people may feel passionate about is their family. A lot of people care about their children, and will support them regardless of conditions.
If they have to make sacrifices every now and then, they’ll do what it takes to provide for their children. For example, they’ll work extra hours to earn a little extra income.
That may be something to do every now and then, but it can take a toll on them if it means taking time away from their family. Someone who works up to 12-hour workdays means less time spent with family.
Why else would people feel this way about work?
On the other hand, some people enjoy doing the work at their job. If they happen to love doing repetitive, mundane tasks, then that doesn’t present a problem for the job they perform.
If the work is not challenging, that may be something people don’t mind doing at all. I know some people who like doing that type of work, and they have no issues handling it.
What I think passion should be at work?
When it comes to what makes you passionate at work, it all boils down to one thing: Helping others. When you have the “helping and serving others” mentality, it makes your job so much easier to do overtime.
Doing work should be about serving others. Now, there are many types of services we can do these days.
For example, there’s community service which is usually voluntary for the most part. That’s something most people have heard of in recent years. Of course, then there’s paid service where we perform jobs in return for a salary.
But when it comes to what your passion is about work, it should be first and foremost, helping others fulfill their needs and wants. If you have that characteristic in mind, not only will you do well in that job, but you’ll enjoy it even more.
What it means to me the most
In my years of working several jobs, I’ve grown to become a customer-centric type of individual. So when I’m performing, it’s always the customer first and foremost.
Now not everyone may think of it that way. Some people might have a “company first” mentality.
That’s ok as long as you’re balancing it out with the needs of the customer. But if it’s not prioritizing the customer, then that can become an issue.
When putting the customer first, we need to provide outstanding service as much as possible. Having the “customer first” mentality can ignite that passion, and it can bring great results down the road.
What to do about it?
Going back to the question of what makes you passionate, do you really enjoy the work you do? Do you find it fulfilling and enjoyable, while also having a service mentality?
If not, then it’s time to reevaluate the job you have. Sure, maybe it helps pay the bills and support your family.
But if you don’t find yourself happy, then it’s time to think about going into another direction. It may be hard to leave a job that pays well (i.e. where you feel comfortable). But making a change can turn out for a better outcome.
If it’s a job with lower pay (but allows more flexibility), it’s something to keep in mind. Especially if it’ll make you even happier, then it’s worth giving it a try.
Overall, there are various factors when it comes to feeling passionate about a job. Whether that’s supporting family, or money for that matter, there are good reasons for doing some type of work.
For those who are not passionate about what they do, it’s time to reconsider a different direction. A lot of people don’t feel that way, and they’ll end up finding themselves staying in the job they have.
If you have a “help and serve” mentality, you’ll find the work much easier in the long run. Also, it’ll energize and motivate you to go the extra mile if you enjoy doing that work.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article. It’s not a subject that is discussed very closely, but it needs to be brought up sometimes.
If you’re someone who’s not doing something you’re passionate for, then consider a different direction. I’ve taken an alternative path to doing work I enjoy and find the most fulfilling. If you would like to learn more, please shoot me an email via the contact page.
Your Turn: What are you most passionate about?
I would like to know your thoughts about this topic. What do you find most passionate about at work?
Do you enjoy what you do for a living? If not, does it hurt to maybe consider a change in direction? If you had to change something, what would it be?
Feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. I look forward to reading your responses, and I’ll gladly respond promptly.
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