Do any of us need to feel genuine passion for the jobs that we do in our everyday lives? More importantly perhaps, how does being passionate about what we do change our behaviour both at home and in our workplace?
Well, I unreservedly believe it does, but the question is how? Well, my Collins dictionary definition defines the word “passion” as being (amongst other things!):
1. an ardent desire; 2. any strongly felt emotion; 3. a suffering (easily moved by strong emotions).
This would surely suggest that feeling passionate about what you do involves conflicting emotions that can be both pleasurable and painful, which at first glance might appear a little confusing or counter intuitive. Yet, many of us that feel naturally passionate would not have it any other way, as pain and pleasure are counter balancing, like success and failure or wealth and hardship, and help to keep our feet on the ground.
Being passionate requires both commitment and purpose, which in turn provides natural momentum and direction in whatever we do. I would argue strongly that all great leaders are instinctively passionate people for precisely that reason, and whilst their achievements may have come to define them, it is their passion, vision and belief that drove them on to their success.
In business, and more pertinently self- employment, I believe such qualities are a pre-requisite for ultimate achievement, even if quite naturally (from time to time) your passion for what you do is temporarily quelled by the events of the moment! That said of course, passion can be an “uneasy bedfellow”, as without some level of restraint, it can have the effect of blinding you, from which poor judgement and poor decision making usually follow.
So, don’t be afraid to be passionate about what you do and the way that you do it, as without your passion, you, your business, your staff and your clients’ experience of your company will all be diminished.
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