When you reflect on the years gone by – how has your passion flowed ?Chances are , when you began your career, the passion was so high that you wanted to win the Nobel prize and plant flag on the moon. However, by the tenth year of your career your passion has hit the rock bottom of an empty beer bottle! You feel like a drifting coracle on a waterfall, flowing with the tide sometimes, banging against the rocks or maybe even have periods of smooth non eventful flow.
How do you therefore sustain passion ? You know that it forms the core of success. I’ve rarely come across people who have been extremely successful with no passion at all. There always are surprises though. But for the majority, sustaining a career without passion is tough no matter what the extenuating circumstances are. Finding passion, nurturing it and getting paid for it is a tough ask in todays world.
Most people land up choosing a job that pays more….rather than that fuels more passion. My view is, if we invested more time in finding passion in the right job then money would automatically follow. Passion draws money and not the other way round. More money does not always translate to more passion. But more passion has a high chance to monetize.
A note of caution though : passion can also come across as being emotional, or unrealistic or unreasonable to some. It is therefore important to tag logic and objectivity to passion. Bringing in objectivity to passion might sound like an oxymoron to some. But the point remains, what good is passion if it is illogical or emotionally swayed? Therefore it is critical that the foundation of passion has to be objectivity, logic and clarity of thought.
Once you have these tenets in place, the job then focusses on articulation , communication and simplification of that thought for mass consumption. If you manage to do that then your passion becomes someone else’s passion as well. That in turn fuels and sustains your passion. Needless to say, when you start out on this journey, the torque will be the highest, just like the pressure you exert when you ride a bicycle, the first push is the hardest. Your inherent passion has to sustain that time period on its own. It will also test your resolve, clarity of thought, intent and execution capability Remember what you put in your resume? Hard-working, self starter etc. Well that’s where it gets tested.
This distributed passion frees up your time to find a new bell curve for you to sustain and grow. Most successful leaders will tell you that sustained passion made them what they are today. The question to ask is where is your passion and what are you doing about it today?