Passion is overrated! There, I’ve said it. I am in the camp that says that, in life and in your career, you create your passion, not the other way around. Whew, just to get that out feels so good!
Just like you can’t pick your family or the color of your eyes, you cannot choose the day when your passion will find you. It is not a secret to be revealed or a treasure to be uncovered. It is a desire to be developed. Every choice, career and otherwise, helps you mold your passion, building block by building block. One opportunity taken and desire fulfilled leads to another and another until you clearly see what it is that you most want to spend your time doing. It will take the time it takes and the outcome will be what it is.
Often we are surprised by the final product. I know I was. You may be too. You may find it is closer than you think. That it is something familiar, not hiding behind a curtain or springing from deep reflective work from one of the many books or professionals that promise to help you “find” your passion. It could be an aspect of something you are already doing. That is the way it was for me.
I worked in corporate America for years. The last two decades of that work were in management roles. When I reflect on that time and the role I most enjoyed, it was clearly coaching and mentoring others, helping them to reach their full potential and clearing a path for them to grow and develop. That is exactly what I do now! The only difference between then and now…. then, it was called management and I performed for the benefit of stockholders. Now, it is called coaching and I draw all the benefits each and every day in joy, satisfaction, and in a sustainable income.
Our Passion is Born Out of the Total Sum of All We Have Experienced
I believe that we all must have certain experiences before our passion can be revealed. I simply could not have been a great coach before having had many years of experience as an employee, a leader, a manager, a wife, a mother, and more. We draw from the best of all experiences, personal and professional, and if we allow it, the result is a commitment to living and working our passion. It is the choices that we make that move us along the path to a fully developed passion.
So, what am I trying to say? Here is my advice:
If you do not know your “passion” don’t worry, it will find you if you will let it!
Follow the green lights
All experiences lead to a fully actualized life. Take chances. Accept opportunities. They will drive you to your destination.
Have lots of experiences
Every role you play will contribute to who you become (My first job – a sewage treatment plant test assistant – really! You can guess what my job was.)
Always be in a place of discovery
Learn from everything you do. Ask yourself what you should learn from where you are right now. Set goals for what you can learn before you move on.
Don’t be afraid to move on
There are no rewards for 30 years’ service. What was once the goal of the American workforce is now a distant memory. Company retirement plans are dead. Plan your own retirement and have all the experiences you can.
Trust your inner voice
It knows what you need and what you want.
I want to stress that there is not right or wrong passion. Many of my career clients apologize because they have chosen to be the best mother or a stay-at-home father or followed their desire to play music or act or be a student. Your passion is your passion. No apologies ever needed.
Once you find it never let it go!
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