Passion Can Make Your Work More Enjoyable, But It Isn’t Everything

Passion Can Make Your Work More Enjoyable, But It Isn’t Everything

Passion matters. It keeps us motivated. But it isn’t everything, despite what we sometimes want to believe. Despite Confucius’ assertion that if you “find something you love to do, you’ll never work a day in your life”, it’s never quite that simple. Passion for your work isn’t a given — you have to earn it just like everything else.

In an interview, author and entrepreneur Ben Casnocha was asked how much passion plays a role in a good career plan. He gave the following answer:

Definitely plays a role. When you’re passionate about something, you tend to do better work, longer. The question is whether you find passion or develop it through competence. And then how you square passion with other considerations – such as your aspirations and the market realities. So, passion is key, yes, but it’s rather more complicated than many career writers would have you think. Passion without being good at it doesn’t get you very far; passion that no one will pay money for is also limited in scope. You need to weigh various factors, passion being one of them.

Ben’s answer points to a frequent catch-22: you often need to love your work to grow and get better, but it can be very difficult to love your work when you’re not very good. I often see people lose interest in something they love because they have passion, find out they aren’t good (or at least aren’t acknowledged quickly) enough, and subsequently lose that passion.

Love for work, for people, or for anything else isn’t a given. You won’t always have it. The only thing you can realistically expect in life is change. Passion is great when you have it, but when you don’t you have to remember the time when you did. Pushing through the hard parts and learning to be better is what helps you grow more competent in your work and get that passion back. Choosing something you love shouldn’t be so much about looking for a good feeling, but more about how you handle the bad ones.

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  • good advert for the Guy’s book.
    Lot’s of advertising on his site e.g. “USA top young entrepreneur” etc…But what has this guy actually done?

  • This is an interesting insight. My passion for the computing field definitely took off when folks around me started recognizing my talent and offering me opportunities. “Gee, this is fun” + “People like what I do and will pay me money to do it” = career passion, for me. I initially thought upon reading it that being acknowledged for your skill would only affect extraverted people, but that’s not true, because with that recognition comes opportunies that wouldn’t come about any other way.

  • I’d settle for a job that is worth doing. My current situation doesn’t offer this, and I have not been able to change jobs despite trying for a long time. Passion is just too much to hope for. If I could do anything, I would turn my abstract art into a full-time gig, but the chances of that are remote.

  • Watch the tour de france and see how the mountain climbers stay in the race during the flat stages, or how the sprinters continue through the mountains.

    find a support network (friends, family etc). take regular break (weekends, holidays….)……passion can’t power you 24/7, so you have to depend on it sparingly, use it alongside hardwork, real rewards and other factors that’ll keep everything moving.

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