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Is your job passion or pain?


When I was in college, I had the pleasure of meeting one of the school’s main switchboard operators. Alice made answering the phones seem like the most important job that was ever created. She handled all callers with care, no matter who they were or what they wanted. She truly acted like an ambassador for the college and felt responsibility for giving out accurate information in a timely fashion every time.{{more}} In the event she was unable to help you, she always knew what to do. Alice had a smile so powerful that you could feel it through the phone lines. She truly loved her job and it showed; 17 years later, it has not waned.

Why is passion important in the workplace? Organizations that are highly effectively and high performing are usually filled with workers who are driven by much more than the gratification a paycheck brings. These high performers genuinely care about what they do and the passion for their work is quite evident in the results they produce. Companies are seeing a difference in the bottom line and are striving to connect employees with responsibilities that bring out the best in them.

How can you discover your passion? Everyone has been given gifts and talents that bring us joy and make us whole as individuals. Unfortunately, only a few take the time or are aware of how to discover this passion. There is no need to just sit back and admire the people who follow their dreams. Get up, take control and get in the game.

Take a few minutes to think about the answers to the following questions, in an effort to discover your passion.

· If you could design your life, what career would you choose?

· What will it take to follow this new path?

· What are you skilled at doing?

· What do people say you are particularly good at doing?

· What skill or interest would you like to develop or explore?

· Are you producing your best work in your current career?

Discovering and following your passion will not happen overnight. It will take time and a sound plan to accomplish your goals.

Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert.” For a FREE SPECIAL REPORT on Avoiding Career Killers in the Workplace, send an email to [email protected]
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