Find your passion at work

by Jeff Hilimire on March 24, 2011

I posted a while back about people with passion and why it’s always inspring to be around them.  And being passionate was one of my 12 keys to being excellent at anything.  I’m a big passion guy, for sure.

I’ll be completely transparent on this point: in my new role at Engauge one of my top priorities is to work with the amazing people that come to work every day for this agency and do what I can to help them unlock their passion.

That might be helping them find a way to work on that new technology they’ve been dying to get their hands on, or giving them the opportunity to work with a client that they’re already passionate about, or putting them on a team that aligns with their goals and aspirations.

If you don’t come to work inspired and passionate about what you do, I believe there are only two options: change the place you work or change the place you work.

Life is too short and we spend too much time at our “jobs” not to love coming to work.  If you’re not getting that at your job, raise your hand and start making change.  Be an entrepreneur within your company.

Gandhi has a quote that I freaking love: Be the change you want to see in the world.  If you know me then you know I subscribe to that philosophy with everything I do.  Everything is in your control.  Complaining and not doing anything about it is the worst thing you can do.

Have the confidence to stand up and start talking about the change you want to see.  What’s the worse thing that can happen?  You’ll be let go. Listen, if you are at a company that let’s you go because you suggested ways to make the company better, then you just did the best thing you could have done by getting out of that place.

I know a guy that works at a small company and he felt like he could do so much more to help the company by being involved in the operation side instead of the client side.  His passion was in helping solve the problems, improve workflow, find efficiencies, but he was on client business and could only make an impact with his specific accounts.

So I asked him if he talked to the owner of the company about this and he was hesitant to do it because he didn’t want the owner to think he didn’t like his job and wasn’t a “team player”.   Even though he had the best intentions, he was too worried to bring up his aspirations.

Turns out, he finally did talk to the owner and wouldn’t ya know it, he now runs operations for the company.  He digs coming in to work every day, bounces out of bed on Monday mornings and can’t wait to go after it with passion and energy.  And his boss couldn’t be happier.

I’m currently reading Poke the Box by Seth Godin (it’s only $7.60 for the hardback, you should check it out).  It talks about the very same concept that this blog is based on, beginning the begin.  Get started.  Make change.  And I think that’s a critical concept in striving to make your job align with your passions.

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