Monday, April 21, 2008

Drive vs. Passion

For me, I have to have a lot of passion around my work, which is why I jump around so much in my jobs.  It's something that I'm sure is difficult for some people (especially hiring managers) to understand.  Once the passion for the product or service or organization is gone and I can't re-invent or re-summon it, I go looking for something else.   I know that I need change and continuous new challenges.  My passion lies in exploring new and innovative ideas.  There are people who can work at something that is "just a job" for a long time, but I'm not one of them.  

The reason for this post is to advise you to find a product/service that generates a lot of passion in you and then work in that area.  In the book The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar, he describes the difference between drive and passion.  Drive is something that pushes you along, a commitment or something that you do out of obligation.  Passion is something that pulls you along, a force that you can't resist.  If you really want to work in sports, you should have a passion for sports, but also a passion for your specific chosen area of sports.  If you want to work in marketing, but take a long-term job in event management because you want to break into sports, it's not going to be enough to make you truly happy.   Your passion has to cover both areas to continue to sustain itself.  

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