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February 23, 2010

Building Wings

Filed under: Career Advice,Staying Fresh — Joe Grant @ 12:39 pm

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1192218Maybe you’ve read Linchpin by Seth Godin. I haven’t yet, but a friend tells me it’s about having passion in your job. And that’s the real secret to success, as we’ve all heard before.

But with a nuance. It’s not having passion on your job – it’s having a job you’re passionate about.

That means being crazy nuts about what you do, waking up eager to get to work quickly, wishing your vacation were over sooner so you can return to something you love doing.

The problem is obvious. You might be working at something you have no passion about whatsoever. You might hate it. I knew a guy once who got physically ill every day before going to work because it bothered him so much. He was doing violence to his soul.

The answer – and I’m talking here about THE answer to a lot of things about happiness, and fulfillment, and satisfaction – is to find something you’re passionate about.

Yes, I know – you’ve got a sort of OK job, you’re paid what you don’t think any one else will pay you, it’s the worst possible time to go looking. . . the whole idea scares you.

But you owe it to yourself. To your soul. Deep down you probably know it.

Author Ray Bradbury said this, and maybe it will resonate: First you jump off the cliff and you build wings on the way down.

Believe it or not it works every time.

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1 Comment »

  1. Great Bradbury quote!

    I think more and more agencies, companies and entrepreneurs are going to emerge from the Great Recession with innovative products and services because there’s so much on the line these days. Passion creates innovation.

    What did Patton say? Tension makes diamonds.

    Comment by Stephen Moegling — February 23, 2010 @ 5:42 pm


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