Passion for your work is all about motivation and getting turned on by a job well done, and feeling rewarded for your effort and achievements. It’s about being driven to succeed, setting goals and making them come true, and working so hard that you don’t even notice the time passing. People with a passion for their work often achieve a state of bliss that others don’t get to experience without a pound of rich, dark chocolate or a long, loving kiss. Passion for your work can take you places that you may not get to experience if you go about your work with mediocre commitment and half-hearted effort.
When you’re passionate about your work, you always seem to find the energy to work just one more hour, keep digging until you find answers or make one more phone call. Passion creates a zeal for the finished product and the ultimate solution, and gives you the zest to keep trying until you reach your goals. Your energy levels increase exponentially compared to the amount of passion and drive you bring to work each day. A desire to be your best even gets you through those inevitable days when you’re not feeling good or not working at the top of your game.
Passionate workers get noticed by the boss. While you may be working so hard that you don’t even notice others watching, you can be assured that they are. Managers and executives are thrilled when they see a self-driven, motivated employee completing assignments with gusto, even ahead of deadline. When it comes time for promotions, management turns to those with a passion for the work and a desire for more challenge. Your passion rubs off on your coworkers as well, and can elevate your team to greatness. If you're the boss, imagine how that passion can rub off on your employees.
Make Work Fun
Happy workers are productive workers and productive workers get things done, which makes everybody happy. When you're able to spend your days doing something that you're passionate about, it’s fun. And just as your drive can motivate others to follow suit, your joy also is infectious, creating a more enjoyable workplace and more contented coworkers. You tend to get along better and create less turmoil, tension and stress when you’re having fun. Instead of dreading the dreary workday ahead, when you find a career that taps into your passionate emotions, you smile at the thought of work and enjoy your days.
Whether you want to make a lot of money, earn industry-wide recognition or get a patent for your invention, you're much more likely to be successful if you tackle your work with passion. Customers notice the expression on your face when you truly believe in your product. Clients line up to get in on the latest service that seems to generate so much enthusiasm in you. The sparkle in your eyes and the dance in your step is noticed, admired and sought after by investors and customers who want to find out what’s behind that catlike smile you wear every day. Clients want to be a part of something magical and successful, so they’re drawn to you like moths to a flame.
Linda Ray is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years reporting experience. She's covered business for newspapers and magazines, including the "Greenville News," "Success Magazine" and "American City Business Journals." Ray holds a journalism degree and teaches writing, career development and an FDIC course called "Money Smart."