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‘Follow Your Passion’ May Not Be Great Advice

October 14, 2013

Daily Read – ‘Follow Your Passion’ May Not Be Great Advice

Confucius said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”  Following your passion may seem like sensible, good advice, but when it comes to actually building a sustainable successful career, the answer may not be as simple. With stress and burnout ranking high among American workers and job satisfaction low, a sustainable career built upon ones passion may be rarer than one thinks. Here are five tips to help you find lasting joy at work and in life.

  1. Analyze the data of your daily life. In order to find meaning you have to know what you’re looking for. Instead of focusing on passion, look deeply at what energizes you, what you find rewarding, what you’re good at and what comes to you easily. As well as what you find boring and tedious.
  2. Find a workplace that supports your priorities outside the office. It is possible to find a work-life balance. Finding an employer who allows the flexibility you need to have a life outside the office is crucial.
  3. Don’t underestimate the power of learning. Continuous learning and growth is key to staying happy and fulfilled in your career over time.
  4. Work with inspiring people.  Research has found that employees who have close friends in the office are more passionate about their work, feel more connected to their employers, and are less likely to quit their jobs. The same goes for working with bright, energetic, connected people.
  5. Develop rare and valuable skills.  Develop passion around your work through the cultivation of rare and valuable skills. People who end up loving their work often follow a pattern of creating these sought-after skills, and then using them to better leverage their career trajectories. In other words develop your passion instead of discovering it.

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