I recently heard an extremely gifted CEO share, "God's given me this company and I'm really grateful ... but this isn't my passion."
I've been thinking about his comment and realizing just how many people are "in his boat." People with opportunity to make a living, credentials and even gifts - but like him, if honest, they would say, "This isn't my passion."
So what then? What if..... the work you do isn't your passion?
I realize if given the choice, the knowledge or the opportunity most, would be thrilled combine work and passion. They would want to be BOTH extremely skilled and gifted in their work AND extremely passionate.
And yes, passionate working people actually exist in the world and they're often very happy and typically successful when they've found that combo.
BUT - what should y you do if, just hypothetically of course, your work's NOT your passion? If you can't give yourself a "10" on excitement, enthusiasm or extreme love for your work or how you earn a paycheck, then what?
Here are some ways you might look at it:
Few enjoy practice as much as the game. But, practice is practice.
I spoke to a brand new 40-something year old doctor a few weeks ago who shared that his work in pharmaceutical sales, chiropractic and then residency prepared him for today. "I feel like I was being shaped, even though none of those was "it" for me."
To use a Biblical analogy, might this season be "Joseph road" preparing you for greater responsibility or opportunity? By working "in Pharoah's house" are you getting to see how things get done?
Two people in significant positions in the business community recently shared with me that their business leadership gives them credibility in their passion areas. One told me, "I don't think my opportunities for community leadership would have happened had I not been doing what I'm doing."
It's why most people shouldn't leave their jobs before having another one. It's also one of the reasons why many's of today's new leaders in churches, non-profits and community leadership often come from the pits of business instead of the "ivory towers" of higher education or even seminary.
In today's world the greatest desire all over the world, identified by the Gallup Organization: a job. Gallup Organization,
Feel like you're chronically under-performing
Can't see doing this another year, not to mention 5 or 10!
Passionless work over time may destroy great souls. That's typically not a "good thing."
Seventy percent of U.S. employees are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work, according to Gallup’s 2013 State of the American Workplace report.
52% of employees says they are basically “checked out” at work
18% say they’re so unhappy they’re actually acting out their unhappiness in the workplace.
If that's the case, then your journey may involve just starting to ask the question and do some exploration: "What am I passionate about?"
In doing so, you may want to start with taking the assessment I created called Passion Finder 2.0. I have little doubt that you will EVER regret at least knowing what you're really passionate about.
Here's the linkfor it.
No, there's no promise that it will all work out neat and clean... especially if you seek to combine your passion with a paycheck or make a change... OR realize that your current scenario is pretty awesome.
But, as my friend Lori Peterson once shared, "I want to live my life ... not let life live me." Why not "lead our callings and careers... not let our callings and careers lead us?I recently heard an extremely gifted CEO share, "God's given me this company and I'm really grateful ... but this isn't my passion."
But, as my friend Lori Peterson once shared, "I want to live my life ... not let life live me." Why not "lead our callings and careers... not let our callings and careers lead us?"
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