October 24, 2012

Passion in the Workplace

For years I slogged away at a corporate job that was good most days, really bad on others. I would dream about the day I could start gardening for a living. What a joy! Taking time to smell the roses - it sounded like heaven.

Gardening is my passion. It lifts my mood and makes all my worries fall away. Those of us that live inside our head are difficult to bring down to earth. Gardening does that for me.

My whole life I was told if you follow your passion, the money will come. Children and a house payment made me wary of jumping in. What if the money doesn't come? So I chose the safe route with the golden handcuffs.

In the fall of 2009, my opportunity finally came. I started gardening for a living. I got the word out and the calls came in. I was almost instantly busy and over the moon with excitement!

But wait a minute... why was it that within only a couple of weeks I was no longer enjoying it? And within a month, I was starting to not enjoy my own garden? This was not at all what I expected and would simply not do! I stopped gardening that same fall.

Needing to make a living and not wanting to go back to the corporate world I started working with Linda at Daley Progress. Initially, it was short term. I needed work, she needed help, we were best friends, it was a win-win. Neither of us expected the results we got.

What I found out is that you don't have to follow your passion to be passionate about your work. Working with small business opened my whole world up. The differences are huge: instant gratification, visible positive results and many excited telephone calls. Although a temporary solution, it turned out to be just what I needed and I love it!

If you are someone who is not following your passion, remember this - you don't need to follow your passion to be passionate about what you do.

What a relief!

Originally published in Work Better, Not Harder on October 24, 2012

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