We live in an increasingly global and interconnected world, and it can often feel like there is more to do and more places to visit than we have time for. We are all concerned about how to make the most of our limited time, including what we do for a living. The ability to work in a job you’re passionate about can have a significant influence on how we approach our lives at work and at play.
Business leaders often mention passion as a critical component to success (along with other elements such as talent, timing, and collaboration). Our thoughts exactly! In the face of challenges, passion can mean the difference between giving up and persevering. After all, this world is full of challenges, right?
When you have passion you have a feeling of enjoyment, confidence, and courage to seek and fulfill your dreams. Passion in your career can result in a high level of psychological well-being. The energy it produces is easily observed by others in your work environment.
How can passion lead to success?
- Passion drives productivity: Loving what you do makes you more productive. Passionate people enhance the success of a business, they can be the decision-makers, collaborators, and problem-solvers in a workplace.
- Passion drives knowledge: Passion feeds our thirst for knowledge. An individual who is passionate about their field has a greater desire to learn everything about it, which puts them ahead of the game and in demand. You may feel personally fulfilled as well after you have learned something.
- Passion drives leadership: Great leaders love what they do. And that passion helps foster their ability and willingness to inspire, guide, and teach others. In fact, being a passionate leader and mentor not only increases the likelihood of your own success but of the organization as a whole.
- Passion drives happiness: Ultimately, our time here on Earth is limited. Our chances of having a richer, more fulfilling life increase if we spend it doing something we love and believe in. Our professions are all important, but it extends beyond that to everything we do in the “off-time” of our lives as well.
Passion is an incredible asset for any individual, but especially for leaders. Leadership in this fast-paced, complex field of health is driven by a passion for what leaders do, while others feel frustrated and stalled. Since passion is observable and can influence others, this trait becomes extremely important, especially when organizations need to implement change to meet new market demands.
During difficult times, such as a loss in revenue or a missed business opportunity, leaders can lean on their passion, which will in turn produce energy, and motivation, and help them to bounce back and continue on a path toward goal attainment.
Passion is something leaders find within themselves. Leaders recognize it when they observe themselves feeling excited, craving additional learning while talking to others, and sharing their ideas and thoughts.
For the professional that is passionate about what they do, work is something they look forward to each day. Their career is exciting, helps them to fulfill their potential, and gives them the satisfaction and sense of purpose that can be said to fuel the feeling of happiness.
What’s your passion? At Workcentral, we have made passion one of our core values, and we’d love to help you and your organization bring yours to life. So get in touch!