Think of any successful businessman and it’s certain that they possess one trait. When the foremost executives talk about their field, they do so with an undeniable magnetism and enthusiasm. They truly and deeply love what they do. The road to success is more than just difficult -- it’s also overpopulated. Caring about what you do is necessary to successfully overcome competitors and any other adversity.
Why is passion important?
We’ve all heard the adage “love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” This saying underlines the importance of pursuing your passion, but it may also be misleading to the literal-minded. Doing what you love doesn’t mean you’ll literally work less. Quite the opposite — through loving your field, you’ll naturally want to work more than anyone else. The difference lies in the fact that, when you’re doing what you love, you can avoid a sense of monotony.
When people watch their favorite TV shows, the episodes tend to blur together and the hours slip by. Doing the work you love should feel the same. If you’re passionate, you should lose track of time and never feel like you’re ready to stop. You should unwittingly find yourself staying late and throwing everything you have at your work. If you aren’t excited to spend as much time as possible pursuing your goals each day, then you owe it to yourself to reexamine whether you are engaged in what you’re doing or you need to find your passion.
How can passion help you?
Everything in life is a competition. Failing to keep up can be fatal to your ambitions. Being passionate gives you a powerful edge that you can use to stay one step ahead of your competitors. Passion means that you’ll dedicate more time and energy to work than your competitors. That translates to learning and doing more than your less-passionate rivals and ensuring that you always come out on top. However, loving what you do entails more than just dedicating time.
One can sacrifice all the time in the world, but no business only encounters smooth sailing. If someone surrenders at the first sign of difficulty, they’ll never succeed. Caring about what you do is also important in that it creates unbeatable perseverance. When the going gets tough, your rivals may throw in the towel, but struggling against the odds is easier when you care about the cause. Passion enables you to keep pursuing success in the face of adversity longer than anyone else.
Being passionate about your field has consequences that can affect other areas of your life as well. Can you truly be a happy, well-rounded person while hating what you spend the majority of your time immersed in? You spend a lot of time working. If you love what you do with that time, a more positive, optimistic outlook will naturally follow. Nothing is more valuable than time. So, why waste so much of it on something that you don’t care about?
How can you identify your passion?
Not knowing your passion is not just a problem for adults who are beginning their careers. It is also an issue for those who are employed but don't enjoy doing their work. There are several ways to uncover your passion; once you are clear about your true passion, you can move forward. The easiest way to do this is to make a list of the jobs or tasks that you absolutely loathe. These are the things that you hate the most and that make you feel lethargic. Once you have eliminated these options, your true passion may become clearer.
Fortunately, I was able to identify my passion at a young age. My passion has always been acquiring knowledge and helping others. I never realize how fast time passes because I enjoy what I do. Ask yourself, do you enjoy what you do so much that you don't know where the hours have gone by the end of the day? Do you devote any, if not all, of your free time to that particular job? If your answer is yes, then you have already found your passion.
When you do what you love, you can not only ensure success but also go home with a smile on your face every night. Doesn’t that sound better than slaving away at menial tasks and going home exhausted? Life is too short to spend chasing someone else’s dreams. Unlock both success and happiness by tapping into the power of passion.