Many people feel that they should have passion and purpose in their work. Some recommendations we found for finding that passion and purpose are setting realistic expectations, helping others, accepting that they are fluid and may change over time, and more.
However, the push to find passion and purpose can also create unnecessary pressure. We feel like we need to get it right the first time, we feel lost if we don’t have it, and it can make us feel like there’s something wrong with us if we don’t feel passionate about our work. It can take a while to hone in on what makes us tick!
Research also shows that the “follow your passion” advice can be detrimental to your success. It assumes that passions don’t change and gives the impression that passion comes with ease and there’s a magical dream job waiting for us. Just because you have a passion for something doesn’t mean you’re good at it. And once you shift your life’s passion into a job, it becomes work and you may lose enthusiasm for it. “Follow your passion” is also a privileged message; not everyone is able to prioritize passion over money, work schedules, etc.
To learn about careers that might be a good fit for you, talk to people and ask them to shed light on what they do. You can also check out the Department of Labor’s OnetOnline.org, which offers a plethora of information about any job title. Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory may also be helpful.
In his book “Love and Work,” Marcus Buckingham suggests creating a list of loves and loathes. Carry the list around with you for a week or so and write down what you procrastinated on, what you ran to, what people come to you for, what energizes you, and what drains you. Then, over time, figure out how to do more of the things you enjoy.
In this episode’s listener question, we’re asked about the best forms of virtual communication. In the news, SHRM research shows that 16% of US workers identify as having one or more invisible disabilities, and nearly half of them have not disclosed it to their employer.
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