"Find Your Passion"
By Jo Parfitt
The idea that you can find work that makes you happy seems
to be catching on. Only last week, I heard that a local
insurance company was running a series of 'Engagement'
seminars for its staff. It was hoped that the training
would teach the employees how to connect with each other and
build stronger relationships.
We tend to make friends with people with whom we find a
common bond or a shared interest. If we care about our
colleagues we should be more motivated at work and thus more
Donna Messer, the Canadian networking guru, suggests that
the best way to build stronger relationships with both
colleagues and clients is to find not just a shared
interest, but a shared passion.
'One of the secrets of networking,' says Donna, 'is not to
talk about business at all, but to talk about your
Whether you run your own business, or are employed by a
company, finding a way to do something you are passionate
about, is key to success in the workplace.
Maybe you are passionate about self-development, being
creative or working in a team? If so, then it should not be
too difficult to find or create your own niche at work in
which you can really thrive. But for most people, it is
just not that simple. Through conditioning, the need to be
financially secure and the fast pace of life, many of us
have no idea how to work what we love to do or even remember
what we used to enjoy doing before life got in the way.
In her inspiring book, 'Work With Passion', Nancy Anderson
explains how you can write your life story in order to see
patterns emerge that will help you to dig up your childhood
dreams. Anderson suggests that you start this autobiography
beginning with your grandparents and continuing for up to 50
Many careers counsellors encourage clients to examine their
childhood to excavate their passions. And while not
everyone may relish the idea of writing as much as Anderson
advocates, putting to pen to paper is one of the best ways
to discover more about yourself.
What did you used to want to be when you grew up? What did
your parents want you to do and what kind of work did they
do themselves? Consider too, what work they did not want you
to do. As soon as you begin to be influenced by the dreams
of others you start to conform and put your own dreams aside
in favour of convention. Sometimes too, you end up working
in an area in which you are skilled and experienced, often
relating to the subject you were best at in school.
Unfortunately, what you are best at, is not always the same
as what you love to do.
Think about what you do that fills you with energy, makes
you want to get up in the morning and causes time to fly.
Conversely, think about what makes you feel tired, bores
you, or you always leave until last. If you know what you
don't like to do, maybe you enjoy doing the opposite?
Why passion matters
Anyone lucky enough to really enjoy the work they do, will
be enthusiastic about their career. That enthusiasm will be
evident to clients and colleagues, and in turn, will lead to
When you do something you love this enthusiasm keeps you
motivated through the bad times, but maybe, more
importantly, it allows you to be authentic.
Kathleen Bader, is the Business Group President at DOW.
'Unless you work according to your passion and your values
you have no hope of living authentically,' she said.
Bader is passionate about equality and has used her strong
beliefs to initiate such changes within the company that it
now boasts a range of women friendly policies relating to
maternity leave and flexible working among others.
'Leadership is action, not position,' Bader continued,
advising that we care deeply, listen, act according to our
passions and tell our stories. These days we are encouraged
to admit to a private life and a family outside work.
Talking about them shows that we are whole and normal human
beings, not automatons.
As we move from the age of technology to the age of
spirituality, more and more individuals and companies
recognise the value of authenticity, energy and engagement.
The success of a business depends on the personal success of
its employees. Be good to yourself and your company and
find your passion now.
Are You Really Doing What You Were Put
On This Earth To Do? Do you love your
work or hate it? Find Your Passion when
you buy the book by Jo Parfitt here...
About the Author
That Jo is a prolific and successful author, publisher and journalist is not in dispute. And since 2002 Jo has formally offered her services helping others to get in print.