What is the passion that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning ready to take on the world? Make the hair on your arms stand up? Make you want to stay late in the night, not because you have a deadline, but because you have a problem you’re on the cusp of solving? What is the passion that will make you want to give 110 percent of yourself, rather than putting in the minimum requirement to pick up a paycheck? What is that passion for you?
During my 7 years of 40-hour work weeks, it’s taken a long time to truly find what it is that makes my gears grind, makes the hair stand up on my arms, gets my heart racing…until recently. Recently, I’ve had some pretty great changes happen in my full-time, professional work life – I got a new job – with an amazing agency…and it was a HUGE change for me.
I have dedicated my entire career to the corporate world. Creating a marketing plan for private and public companies from the ground up, establishing their branding, advertising plans, promotional schedules, implementing CRM & email marketing programs, and so much more. When you do this for a couple of companies, it becomes cake. Don’t get me wrong, I am incredibly grateful for these experiences; they paved the way for who and where I am today. However, once you perfect your craft and the tasks become mundane, the days start to blur together. The question then becomes, when you just start saying “yes, approved,” is everything you’re doing truly contributing to your greater goal?
I don’t think so.
My personal career MO has always been to refuse to remain stagnant in my career, to demand challenge, to defy convention, and to change the way people think. Three weeks ago, I found that challenge, that passion, in an amazing agency that isn’t afraid to be disruptive, hungry for innovation, and enthusiastic for making the impossible, possible.
I saw the quote, “don’t wait, the time will never be just right” way too many times before I realized that I needed to make a move. Most people never make the move. Some people are so close but turn down the opportunity because they are comfortable. Some find their passion in a specific industry like medicine, law, or science, however, I tend to believe that for most, passion is tied to a desire, such as to lead, teach, or help others. What is important, though, is for each of us is to figure out what the passion is inside of us that will drive us to become the very version of ourselves.
When you are passionate about something and working toward something you truly believe in, you not only have more energy and a positive outlook on life, but you also work much harder, are more creative, and inspire others who work alongside you. Above all, I believe we are the happiest when we are pursuing our passions in life, and that is the very best kind of success.
So what type of worker are you? Are you constantly watching the clock? Doing the bare minimum for a paycheck? Life is far too short for that! There are so many people I have met (I was even guilty of this), that do something they truly love on the side or weekends, but are too afraid to go out and pursue it. Be bold, make a positive change, and pursue your passion. At the 2016 Golden Globes, Emma Stone dedicated her speech to the dreamers saying, “to any creative person who’s had a door slammed in their face, either metaphorically or physically…or anybody, anywhere, really that feels like giving up sometimes, but finds it in themselves to get up and keep moving forward, I share this with you.” We’ve all been there. The importance is the difference between those who make a move to change the world and those who continue to follow the status quo.
What will your story be? Who will you inspire? How are you going to change the world? What ticket will you be punching?
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” —Nelson Mandela