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The Difference Between a 'Job' and a 'Passion' – and How to Find Your Passion

The Difference Between a 'Job' and a 'Passion' – and How to Find Your Passion
From Recruiter - September 27, 2016

There are three general approaches to work: having a job, having a career, and having a passion. I presume that most of us are looking forpassions that can also equate towell-paying careers/jobs.

Does finding your passion have to mean finding amillion-dollar job? Not necessarily. Your nightmare job could be another persons passion, and vice versa. Finding your passion isa matter of what you value.

For instance, my mother-in-law is the worlds most amazing nurse. She worked hard to become one, and she loves every day of her job. Despite the many downsides (constant re-certifications, the emotional toll it can take when patients dont make it, and the 12-15 hour shifts), nursing is her passion. But for me? Those things would be a nightmare.

So, how do you find your own passion? Start by taking these seven elements into consideration:

1. Self-Awareness

Get to know yourself. What are the best moments youve experienced at work that really made you love your job? What is it that you value enough to leave your job for? Are you among the 49 percent of employees who feel the need to leave their employers when theyre ready for a promotion?Are you part of the27 percent of employees who would quit a job for a position offering creative freedom?

Knowing what you value willprevent you from wasting time onjobs you shouldnt even bother with and point you in the direction of positions you should strive for. If you find it difficult to assess your values, take a career-matching assessment to closely define your personal and professional values. They say you cant manage what you dont measure, and that definitely applies to your career.

2. Challenging Work

If youre stuck performing the same tasks every day, your job will go staleand fast. Giving yourself a challenge every once in a while, on the other hand, can add some much-needed space to your daily grind.

Set goals for yourself (or amongyour coworkers, if youre the competitive type);ask to take ontasks in a department youve never worked in (you might find passion in untouched territories!); ask your boss if you can start a special project that might give you the chance to use some of your untappedskills; or gather some reading materials on your current position to see if theres something you could be doing differently to be a more efficient worker.

Whatever it is you need to do to challenge yourself, youll likely be surprised by the results it produces in terms of your passion. If you find yourself hating something you once loved, try conquering something you didnt think you could when you first started the position.

3. Environmental Variety

This element may require some creativity, depending on therestrictions you may face in your role. For example, if your job is pretty stationary, try working on an exercise ball, from the lunch room, or outdoors if the option is available to you.

You dont have to overexert yourselfto bring some feng shui to the workplace. Simply cleaning off your desk and bringing order toyourworkspace could be enough to cleanse your mind.Justhaving a small plant on your desk can boost your productivity by 15 percent.Anything you do to break out of your environmental norms can help freshen your perspective.

Maybe finding a new placeto work in will spark innovative thoughts and inspire new ideas. AtRed Branch Media, we change desks every month or so, and it always gets our creative juices flowing.

4. A Positive Attitude



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