Passion Isn’t Enough

Passion Isn’t Enough

I was watching Morning Joe the other day; it’s the MSNBC talk show hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.  They were talking to the author of a new book about job search and careers.

One of the folks on the show made a statement about how important it is to use a break in employment to “find your passion.”  It’s the kind of advice often given to those in transition, and sadly, it’s also one of the leading causes of career dysfunction.

Why?  Because passion isn’t enough to find a job or hang onto the one you have.  I’m passionate about writing and John Grisham has nothing to worry about from me.

The key to a successful job search in the short term and a successful career over the long term isn’t passion; it’s the intersection of passion AND practicality.  It’s what you love to do and what you do best.

Find that overlap of inspiration and accomplishment and you’ll increase both the paycheck and the satisfaction you bring home from work.

Thanks for reading,
Peter