Every individual differs in paradigms, perceptions and passions.
As stated by Einstein “Every person is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to fly high, it will give its entire life believing that it is an inane”.
Individuals should, therefore, do things that make them stay happy at work as passion at work can reawaken and reconnect with what’s meaningful for you.
At present, the maximum number of individuals do the job, just to earn money. In reality, they are not passionate about it.
May be you are also one of them! But this is not correct. You spend most of your daily hours working, and if you are not passionate about what you do the entire day, then surely you will not secure results that you desire.
You want a promotion, a salary hike, a bonus, but you are not at all passionate about your job, then definitely you will not gain what you wish.
WHY PASSION IS IMPORTANT IN THE WORKPLACE?
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle
Usually, the terms passion and work are two parallel things. Your work is what you do to get paid and for a living, whereas passion is something which you practice for pleasure or for the joy you get in doing it.
If you could combine your passion as your work, then you will be doing your best in terms of work performance and you will enjoy doing work like never before.
As per the Deloitte report, almost 88% of employees are not happy with their job. In clear terms, not having the passion for their work. Only 12% of people are passionate at the workplace.
But slowly times are changing and so are people, many employers have started understanding it and trying hard to comfort their employees to be passionate about their work.
Some of the top benefits if your workforce turns passionate are,
1. Motivate others as passion triggers passion
2. No absenteeism, as they love to work
3. Show their creative side
4. More loyalty to employers
5. Develop a better work environment
If you want to taste the flavor of success in your career then you have to be passionate about your work. Still, don’t believe it! Then read about the reasons for why being passionate at work is very important.
If you could find passion in your work, then you are not only lucky but you will turn out to be
successful very soon.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
Developing Passion At Work:
Being a passionate worker is boon in itself. If you love your job, then you will not experience stress or strain in doing it. Moreover, you will be improving in terms of skills and knowledge.
Some of the tips to develop passion are,
1. Have a growth mindset
2. Provide employees with independence
3. Make time for them to learn
Why Finding Your Passion is Important?
In the initial stages of your job seeking phase, every individual will have two option before them, out of which they need to choose one. The options are money or passion.
If you choose money, then you will not be able to find passion in your work but will be able to earn good whereas if you choose passion, then you can be happy in work and also earn money.
It is believed that every individual has a special talent in them which some find it in their earlier stages of life and few don’t. Though working for money is nothing wrong, but we should at least try to find our inbuilt talent and passion which interests you.
Here are some reasons on why finding passion is very vital.
1. Feels Good
3. Tough to quit
4. Helps You Grow
The Importance of Passion at Work:
1. Passion helps intensifying focus:
Passion is a state of mind. When you are passionate about a job then you not only love doing it, but it seems interesting to you.
You make sure that it is completed with full accuracy. As a result, you become more attentive and focused towards your preferred job.
If you do a job that you are passionate about, then there is no space left for disruption and distraction.
2. It enables creativity and innovation:
Doing the work you are passionate about is one of the most pleasing experiences. There are more highs and fewer lows, and each day seems more bright and interesting.
Even your creative process is also enhanced and you tend to come up with better ideas.
Doing a work that you enjoy helps enhancing your mental state and as a result, you come with more innovative and progressive ideas as compared to doing a job which seems dull and boring.
3. Passion for work enhances the desire to pursue excellence:
So, when you are passionate about your work, then you always put your best step forward and ultimately you achieve excellence in it.
4. It increases your contribution to work:
When you are doing your favourite work, then you not only want to complete it with ‘great precision’, but with ‘complete precision’.
For this, you are willing to put in more efforts and contribution as you want the end results to be the best.
So, this is another major reason, why passion is important at work, as it naturally increases your contribution and you are willing to put not only 100% but even 200% of your efforts.
5. Passion brings energy at work:
You wake up in the morning, and when you realize that you are going to spend your entire day in doing a work that you like, then you feel more energized and refreshed.
Even at the workplace, you work with full energy to get it done in time. May be, you even want to deliver it ahead of schedule.
Your energy turns into ‘positive energy’, and lasts even when the day ends up.
6. Passionate people are more motivated towards work:
You feel happy for what you do and feel motivated to do it in most finest way from within, and once you succeed in it, then your inner motivation even enhances more.
In case you do a dull work, then you not only feel boring while doing it, but you may also not achieve what you desire and as a result, you feel demotivated and depressed.
7. You feel more satisfied and less stressed:
Having a passion at work is an excellent way to reduce work stress. This is because when you do work which you like, then not only your mind but even your entire body feels relaxed and pleased.
So, instead of feeling stressed after completing the work, you feel relaxed, happy and satisfied with what you did the entire day.
8. Your working more does not become a ‘workload’:
You are spending the majority of your hours working. So, when you do a job that you love doing, then surely it does not seems forcible or burdening.
Even if you have to work more, due to any reason, you are happy doing it as your work is no more a ‘load’ for you.
9. It is a great way of improving the work environment:
If you are happy of roles and tasks that you are doing at your workplace, then surely, it will bring positivity and pleasantness within the entire environment.
The environment at work is not improved with coloured walls or green plants only, you have to feel passionate for tasks you are performing. Once you enjoy doing your work, then it will naturally bring positivity and alertness in the entire environment.
10. You feel happy to put in extra hours:
Putting extra hours does not hurt you as the work does not appear forcible. Even if you are working for more hours, your entire experience becomes more enjoyable and fruitful.
11. You are willing to put in extra efforts:
Certain duties at work may require you to perform above the call of duty. In certain affairs, during busy schedules, you may be asked to perform tasks that are not part of your job.
In all situations, you are willing to put the extra efforts, as you are passionate about your work. You are ready to deliver that extra effort which may make you go beyond what is actually needed by you.
12. Passion ignites your achievements graph:
You can achieve never-ending success only in the work, which you are passionate about. If you are passionate about your job, then you will be ready to fight all kinds of obstacles and obstructions coming in between your achievements.
Passion accelerates your abilities and you are prepared to accept and win over all obstacles with creative solutions.
13. You enjoy what you are doing:
And, this you can secure, only when you are passionate about the job. Bringing passion at work is the key to enjoy it endlessly!
14. It helps you to cross your own delineated goals:
There is no better feeling than crossing your own line of the bucket that you set for yourself.
When you reach a pinnacle in the end, then there is no more enjoyable feeling than that you achieve it for something that you love.
Your work cannot be something that you will do for a few hours or weeks. It is, therefore, necessary, that you are true to yourself and do what makes you happy to achieve success beyond the boundaries.
15. Passion helps build a positive attitude towards work:
To be passionate is to care about the job. If you want to gain from your work, then you need to change your outlook towards it.
Only if you are careful towards your job, and hold a positive attitude towards it, then only you can secure what you desire from it.
Myths About Passion:
Every person has different interests and so do their passions differ. Employees especially freshers intially find it very difficult to understand about the things related to being passionate and workplace issues, moreover, they will be already rooted with some myths about passion. Some of them are,
- Only Younger Workers could get Passionate in what they do
- You find passionate employees mostly in smaller companies
- Higher educated employees are more passionate
- Employees who possess better knowledge are passionate
Passion and success are interrelated. One can achieve success when they find passion in the work they do (be it any). Your work will be judged not on “what you did” but instead on “how you did it”
While researching about this topic came across a beautiful quote by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Let me present it below as it suits the situation perfectly.
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
Passion at work is therefore extremely vital, as ‘what you sow, so shall you reap’. So, if you want a career or job, that is rewarding and beneficiary to you from all aspects, then it’s essential that you put in your best, and be passionate of what you do.