Passion in the workplace doesn’t refer to illicit love affairs, slyly conducted clandestine convergences organised around the water cooler. What we’re talking about here is being passionate about what you do.
In ‘6 Top Motivations That Drive The Best Entrepreneurs’, Martin Zwillig quotes a talk Steve Jobs gave at Stanford in 2005. According to Jobs’ talk, ‘How to Live Before You Die’, “[y]our work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
There is, however, still much debate about whether one should pursue a career directly related to one’s passions, or whether one should find the internal motivation to feel love for what you do. There is no question that doing something you love correlates to the emotional enjoyment derived from it. This enjoyment – in turn – fuels motivation, enthusiasm, and the personal drive to continue in the face of adversity. The old adage of money buying happiness is true in some cases, but not in others. The pursuit of profit, therefore, does not guarantee loving what you do.
In an article published by Forbes, the question was asked whether corrolary is true – in other words; loving what you do, rather than doing what you love. In a combined study conducted by Forbes Insights and the O.C. Tanner Institute, it was discovered that those who have not followed careers in what they love have nonetheless found satisfaction in loving what they did.
In cases such as these, “work was focused on making a difference that someone else would love, instead of the person performing the work. .. on the recipient of their work – their customer, their colleague … , their leader … , the community … .” This job satisfaction may, in turn, result in derived satisfaction and a genuine love for what one does.
In the end, the best advice is: “If you don’t totally hate your job but find you’re not that happy with what you are doing, try this one little simple activity: Go and see your work being received. See how it impacts someone else”. You may find that the results are worth the effort.