Careers or Job: Follow your Passion
Whether we are thinking about starting a small business, or just thinking about what career path to choose, it’s important that we follow our passions. When we think about what is needed to be successful in life and in our work, we usually think about characteristics like value, talent, ambition, intellect, discipline, persistence and luck. What many of us often fail to include in this recipe for success is passion. The passion we have, or don’t have, for our work should not be underestimated. Sometimes this ingredient could make the biggest difference of all.
Success is usually assumed to be associated with large sums of wealth or a high level of fame, but true success is not all about money. Success is, or at least should be, primarily defined as an achievement of something desired. So, the most successful people are the ones who achieve the things they most desire. What we desire the most, even more than money, is to be proud of what we do with our lives. This is especially true when it comes to our work. A truly successful person is one who is proud of the work he or she does. That, is the true meaning of success.
When we are enthusiastic and proud of the work we do, the better equipped we’ll be to overcome the many obstacles that will surely arise in the process of starting a business or moving up in a career. Also, the more enthusiasm we have, the more inclined we are to work harder at improving ourselves. This will allow us to continuously get better at the work we do. The better we get at our work, the better we can get paid for doing it.
One of the most successful companies in the world today is Apple. When we think of Apple we also think of Apple’s ex-CEO, the late Steve Jobs. Carmine Gallo wrote an article called, “The Seven Success Principles of Steve Jobs,” which outlines seven key factors that are responsible for Jobs’ success. The article is based on multiple interviews with Apple employees and Steve Jobs himself. Believe it or not, the No. 1 principle in this article is, “do what you love.” Steve Jobs believed in the power of passion, and once said, “People with passion can change the world for the better.” Jobs claimed that the passion he had for his work made all the difference.
Ensuring we are passionate about our work will not only provide us with a meaningful career, but it will also give us a good chance of being paid well. The passion we have for our work can be the difference between making a living and making a killing.