Jobs v. Passion, (2011)

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Having “a job” vs “a passion” is like speed dating vs marriage.

What do I mean?

A few people shared some thoughts on my tweeted opinion (above), so I decided to elaborate.

One of my favorite quotes, perhaps a movie line, goes (not necessarily verbatim): “Find what it is you love to do, and then get paid to do it.”

Are you passionate about what you do, or are you simply in-at-eight, out-at-five?

I don’t view my job as a task. You shouldn’t. Again, just my opinion. If I viewed my job as a task, my mouth would resemble ( and, I would rather my mouth resemble ).

It’s unfortunate when people complain about what they do for a living. I believe that if you don’t like what you do, then be assertive enough to try and fix it, or, if that fails, find something else.

To segue further into my explanation, I’m going to pose two questions:

  1. Why do people speed date?
  2. Why do people change jobs?

I’m not saying speed dating is like having a job. I’m saying the relationship between speed dating and marriage, is similar to the relationship between a job and doing something you’re passionate about.

I define passion, in this case, as: “a strong emotion, or feeling of love.”

When people are passionate about what they do, they don’t think of it as being a job, and they translate that passion into every aspect of their career. Customers can sense their enthusiasm, co-workers can see it, and the bottom line will reflect it.

Just my opinion on something I hope to be as passionate about in thirty years.

For a full dose of inspiration, read Steve Jobs’ commencement to Stanford University on June 12, 2005. Pay particular attention to his analogy in the fifteenth paragraph, (the ending of his second story).

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