Passion is elusive. It’s sneaky and slippery. It hides and taunts you. For those lucky enough to have found it, you are truly fortunate. For years now, I’ve been looking for something to be passionate about. Something I could really devote myself to. Something I would be willing to do even if I wasn’t being paid.
All this time, I’ve been looking in the wrong place. I’ve been hunting passion at work; that’s not where it is. I’ve tried devoting myself to the job, making sacrifices and working hard, but I always felt like something was missing. It’s been such a struggle for me that I’ve seriously been thinking about finding a new career. The problem is that I just don’t know what else to do.
As it turns out, the passion has been just off to the side, right in plain view, but not where I was looking. I’ve always enjoyed working with the WI .NET Users Group and wished that I could do it for a living somehow. Now while working on GiveCamp MKE, I think I’ve found the passion I’ve been looking for. There’s something about organizing something with the sole purpose of benefiting someone else that satisfies me.
The really cool thing, though, is that once you find passion, you can take it with you where ever you go. I can now feel passionate about work as well (working at a great company helps by the way). Things are different all around once you’ve found passion.
If you are feeling unmotivated and complacent, keep looking. Passion is there — just maybe not where you think it should be. Maybe in a few months I’ll have to write about Maintaining Passion? Let’s see how successful I can be at that.