Make Your Passion Work For You
This post comes from INK alumna Caroline Pullen.
The word ‘passion’ gets thrown around a lot and that worries me sometimes because I would hate for ‘passion’ to lose its power-packed meaning and turn into an overused buzzword. Urban Dictionary defines passion as this:
“Passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. It is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as is possible.”
Some people get intimidated or turned off when it comes to analyzing what they’re passionate about, maybe because they feel like if they don’t consider themselves ‘creative’ or really good at something that must mean they don’t have passions. OR if you don’t share the same passion as your neighbor, that must mean you’re a dud in the passion department. Wrong.
Here’s what I know about passions: they make you light up when you talk about them and you cannot mask them. Passions make people more beautiful and attractive than any physical quality can offer. Passions are the things and ideas that give us more energy than a cup of coffee or a good night’s sleep. Passions are the things that we would do with or without a paycheck, recognition or kudos from our boss. Although we may try, we can’t fake passion. We wear it on the sleeves of our shirts. Often, maybe even without knowing it, we gravitate towards passionate people. Passions make us tick. Passions give us purpose. Passions give us life.
Of course, when talking about passion in tandem with your career, it isn’t always as clear-cut. There tends to be a common misconception that in order to be happy with your job, you must turn your passion into a lucrative career. But I’m not so sure this is true for everyone. For example: I love interior design. But as I’ve grown up, I’ve started to realize that as much as I may love the creative aspects of interior design, piecing together a room and seeing the finished product – I’m not so sure I’d be content working at an interior design boutique all day long. What I can take from my passion for interior design is this: I love to create. I love to improve something – whether that’s with a coat of paint or playing around with different words to fine-tune an article. So I take that element of creativity and love for recreating and infuse my work with it.
At INK, I’m able to put my passions to work with plenty of room for growth. Being able to take some of the things I’m passionate about, like creative writing and strategic thinking, and apply them to my work in PR is one of the best feelings. There is nothing more rewarding than being passionate about your work and working with clients who are equally passionate about their companies and their mission.
Passions come in all shapes, sizes and forms. Think about some of the things that light you up and make you lose all track of time, be it writing, connecting with people, finding the best way to organize something, problem-solving or working with numbers. Now, find a way to take that passion and apply it towards your work. I have a feeling it will pay off personally and professionally.