What is You Passion?
Far too many people are unable to identify their passion- either in life or work. It is there, it just requires a little work to put a label on it sometimes. Passion is that feeling you get when you talk about something that is important to you. It is that warm sense of pride when you recall certain achievements. It is what you do and who you are.
Often, passion is so close to us, we can’t see it, but others do. They see these strengths clearly and we take them for granted.
Identifying and labeling your passion is key to finding fulfillment in work and life. This will allow you to create the balance to stay energized. When you look around at the people you know, who are happiest? Who are the people you work with with a bounce in their step and a smile on their face? Most likely, these people know their passion.
A Story of Discovering the Obvious
I met with a laid off insurance professional years ago. When I asked him what he wanted to do next he said he had always loved tinkering with cars. He also confessed he had never really liked being in “white collar” jobs, but his father had insisted he hold the right type of job many years ago. I asked Mr. White collar why he couldn’t work with cars now. He asked for my permission and I gave it to him. He went on to drive a tracker trailer and last I heard was really happy. So, the moral of the story is to do what you love- despite what others may say or think.
Work on Giving your passion a label
The realist in me knows that with tough economic conditions, it may be difficult to pursue passion. Maybe, but maybe not. First label it. Then research it in the workforce. Could you be doing it in other ways or roles or jobs? If the answer is foggy, ask again later (magic 8 ball), also ask those around you who know and care about you. Don’t give up. It may also be possible to use your passion outside of work. Volunteer. Take classes. Whatever it takes to use and nurture your passion.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.