What are you passionate about? Are you passionate about your hobbies? Your career? Or is it something else? Whatever it is, passion should be a part of the equation, something that makes you feel alive.
I have worked for and have followed leaders who were not passionate about what they were doing. When the employer is lacking in that department, it pulls everyone down. How do you expect your employees to be passionate about their jobs, when you are not?
Some people mistake satisfaction with passion. They go to the same job and do the same routine. It is comfortable and familiar. The truth is, when you are passionate about something, you will go after it even when it is uncomfortable.
I am not suggesting you risk your life’s stability. Far from it, but I am suggesting you pursue something in your life that makes you feel alive.
I have told this to others who have stated that I have unrealistic expectations of my life. Life is tough and all you can do is work. I have been told that wanting to live passionately is naive and that no one can really do what makes you feel alive. You should jump on the bandwagon like everyone else and hope that you make it. Put your gear in neutral and coast, that is all you can expect to do.
I do agree that life is tough and that you do have to work toward your goals. I will even concede that you do have to work hard. Hard work builds character and there is nothing wrong with that. I am a big believer in working hard. I know that no one owes me anything, nor am I entitled to anything.
With all that being said, I want my hard work to pay off. I want it to take me to a place where I can do what I am passionate. I want to be a leader, hero, author, that everyone can say, “He lived for his passion.”
I have been in a job (one I was good at) and never felt passionate about it. I would come home and just sit. My lovely wife would ask what was wrong and would I say, “Work is fine, but that’s it. It’s just fine.” I worked hard at that job, earning revenue and got a pink slip for my efforts.
After that, I determined that even if my job does not satisfy that passionate part of me, I would find a way to fulfill it. I find it in writing. It might be something different for you.
I encourage you, find a job, a hobby, an activity, or anything that can make you feel passionate about your life. Do not just coast, do not just be fine, live with some risk and be passionate.