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Passion and Why It's Important to Your Work

Can you imagine what it would be like to look forward to going to work each day? To work at something you believe in? To get paid for doing things you love to do anyway?

When you work with passion, you work at what you love to do and what you are well suited to do. Desire, hope, dream, calling—they are all words for passion that point to the importance of doing work that is meaningful to you, work that allows you to express yourself in an authentic way.

Thinking about the things you are passionate about can give you a better understanding of the types of activities you enjoy and the environments in which you would enjoy working. You are far more likely to thrive, not just survive, in your career if you consider these things when you are career building. 

Does this mean that, if you don’t particularly like your current job, you should go to work tomorrow with the intention of quitting? Probably not. Likely, there is another reality in your life—one that includes responsibilities and obligations. But don’t be too quick to dismiss the idea that it is possible to be satisfied with your work. 

Employers know that when people like their work, they’re much more likely to bring added value to the work site. Although passion doesn’t guarantee work quality, employees who enjoy their work can have a big impact on:

  • How efficiently the company runs
  • Whether or not quality services are delivered on time and customer needs are met
  • Whether the company makes a profit or loses money

Often, work that starts out as a hobby, as something we love doing, develops into something more. 

Your past can provide many clues about your passions. The following activity is designed to help you look for clues in your past and in your dreams. The journey will help you to identify your passions and see how they have influenced your life.

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