Passion in your Career

“Passion is not a plan, it’s a feeling”, according to Terri Trespico in this TEDx Talk.

We all dream of finding a career we’re passionate about, and the media sells us that dream every day on TV, in papers, on the radio. When we’re young we usually have a vision of what we want to be when we grow up. But how many people actually accomplish that?

How many people said “I want to be a bus driver” or “I want to be an office clerk?” or best yet, “I want to work at Starbucks!”

If everybody had passionate careers, society may well stand still as there would be nobody left to do the really necessary jobs – the jobs that make our society tick along.

So maybe we have to look at our dreams from another perspective. How about the dream of “living a good life?” The ambition to earn enough money to live with dignity, take care of my family, have as much freedom and choice as possible?

After all, nobody’s stopping you from being in a band and playing music. If you want to be an Artist, paint! But if your passion is making money from your art, you need to be prepared to live with the consequences of that choice, to take on the challenges and struggles that certain career choices bring.

Success fuels passion more than passion fuels success
– Scott Adams (Dilbert Creator)

The essence of this talk is to find what you can be succesful at, where you can add value to your customers, managers, employees, and be great at what you do. That success will, in turn, fule your passion at work, at life, at home and contirbute to your capaiblity to “live a good life”.

What does “Living a good life” mean to you?

I’d love to hear your comments!