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Bring Your Passion to Work

 Do you bring your passion to work? I am honestly tired of hearing people talk about wanting a job they can be passionate about. I know the joy of having a job that I love; however, I don't think the job is the issue; the issue is me.

So many people put the burden of this so called "passion" on their employer, company or organization. I would like to give you a radical principle that could change the way you go to work every day...

Bring your passion to work! Stop expecting this passion to find you. Decide to bring a passionate attitude toward the work you have in front of you. Seth Godin (I recommend anything he writes) writes about a similar concept in his book Linchpin. He uses the phrase "Emotional Labor." The idea is investing emotional energy in your work. This means truly giving your best, as if it were something you deeply cared about - even if you don't.  This may cause you to think this is not being honest or genuine. Remember that your employer or company did not hire you to make you happy about every task and responsibility. Your workplace has objectives and goals that you are expected to make your own in your respective role.

Finding fulfillment at work means choosing an optimistic attitude, even in the mundane. To pull this off, you will have to decide that your personal happiness is not the main objective. Along the way, I believe you will experience a new sense of fulfillment from excellence, creativity, hard work and productivity. In addition to this deliberate attitude change, you may rediscover the words of Paul, who wrote to the Colossians, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."

So, today bring your passion to work; put this principle to the test. Think give, not take. Promote the goals of your company or organization. Go above and beyond. Give your best today.

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Posted by Andy Savage at 8:15 AM
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