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Bridging the Gap between Passion and Profession

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Bridging the Gap between Passion and Profession

Zahra Abdullah shares a short post on the relation between passion and profession.

Are you happy with your job? Do you know when to grit and when to quit?

We are wired to seek safety; we look for jobs that pay the bills and grant us a good life. Most of us even attend schools that our families think will help us find a decent career. I remember a lady who one morning worked out next to me at the gym. She had spent more than 24 years working as a call center agent, and she couldn’t stop talking excitedly about her upcoming retirement plans. Later that same day between my coaching sessions, I was on a call with a senior executive. He confided in me that he had completely lost interest in his career after being in it for more than a decade. 

 After these encounters, I found myself asking, Should we only take on a job or career that we’re passionate about? Or is work just work—and passion just a side gig or hobby?

Here are some lessons I’ve learned regarding the relation between passion and profession: 

1) Passion fuels creativity and satisfaction. People who are passionate about their work tend to be more creative. I remember once hearing an interview with Steve Jobs in which he said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” Moreover, people who are passionate about their work are generally happier and more satisfied at work, according to research by Dr. Julia Moeller.

2) Passion evolves. What you’re passionate about changes over time. If your interest in your present career has faded, it’s okay to rethink what field you should be in and look for something that energizes you.

3) Passion has become a priority. Post COVID, employees around the globe are more aware of their personal well-being, and many have had the chance to reflect more deeply on what it is they actually love to do. Many have decided they want their work to be characterized by a state of flow, a term created by Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi that refers to a state of mind reached when a person is fully immersed in an activity.

 

Read the full article, “Do what you love”: A recipe for misery or success?, on LinkedIn.