Are you passionate about your job?

SHARE   |   Monday, 16 May 2016   |   By Isang Lekhutlile

Happy belated Mother’s day to mothers and mothers to be! Special thanks to mothers who contributed to my growth and career. I love choral-classical music. In fact I am a huge fan of choral music. The passion I have for the music will move mountains. This is the reason I went to church this past Monday for a choir practice at one of the main line church. Don’t judge me and don’t get me wrong here. I do go to church but music draws me near to the Creator. My visit this past Monday reunited me with friends with whom I parted five years back and what humbled me was the passion they still uphold for choral classical music. Some of these guys have sung in the church choir for more than two decades. What can you say about that? Is this not the passion for music?

My passion for music is as equal to my passion for my job. My job means everything to me and that is the reason I wake up in the morning. Of course days are different but my passion for the job overcomes the challenges I meet daily. After watching the Steven Jobs movie, I completely agreed with the gentleman when he said, "the only way to do great work is to love what you do."
Passion is an emotion that comes from within you. It is your enthusiasm, your zeal, your drive and your motivation. You don’t want to just feel passionate about your job, you want to put passion into it. You want to apply all of your skills and all of your energy into your work. We are all enthusiastic and passionate about something, whether its finance, food or a favourite sport. That enthusiasm is very powerful. When we can combine it with our work, we are setting ourselves up well for achieving true success. Also, the more enthusiasm we have, the more inclined we are to work harder at improving oursel

ves. This will allow us to continuously get better at the work we do. The better we get at our work, the better we can get paid for doing it. Passion is the energy that keeps us going, that keeps us filled with meaning, and happiness, and excitement, and anticipation. Passion is a powerful force in accomplishing anything you set your mind to, and in experiencing work and life to the fullest extent possible. Ultimately, passion is the driving force behind success and happiness that allows us all to live better lives. If you want to be successful at your job and move up the company ladder you need to be passionate about your work. You need to be motivated and driven to be the best you can be regardless of your job or your work.

Passion, drive, motivation, zeal, call it what you want it is the self-driven attitude about your job and your work that can help lead you down the path to success. Passion does not go unnoticed. People will see how well you do your job and your attitude towards it. They will see even if a task is hard you don’t give in, you apply yourself even more to overcome it. They will notice your drive and your motivation and consider how you would do in another position. Passion also brings energy to your work. Instead of getting the work done just in time, turn it up and deliver it ahead of schedule. Instead of watching the clock for the time to go home, stay later and use that energy to drive yourself to do more.

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The idea of being passionate about your career is great, but in reality, it often plays out differently. After all, we can’t all be the ballerinas and cowboys that we dreamed of being as children. If you focus on engagement instead of passion, though, you’ll have better luck finding the satisfaction and success you’re looking for. In conclusion, true success is much more than having a lot of wealth and fame. Enjoying the work you do is, in some ways, more important than having a large bank account. -T. S. Eliot said "nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate."