Passion Doesn’t Belong at Your Job

“Passion: A strong and barely controllable emotion”
Why the hell do we want to bring this to our workplace? 
Passion is good, it’s fundamental to life and feeling alive. It gives us motivation and excitement. It’s an inspirational state to be in. And it’s precious and fundamental and something for us to protect, like a little flame in our hearts to be sheltered from external winds.
Workplaces are murky pits of politics, ever changing priorities and agendas. Conflicting personalities, profitability and just generally unhealthy people in power – it all amounts to one thing: we are totally dispensable. What we are passionate about, and driving hard, can be as easily cut from the strategy as we can from the team.
So why bring passion, and allow our emotions to cloud the real gravity of the situation? Why allow our beautiful lust for life to be tainted by channelling our passions towards a corporate agenda that will ask us to turn off our passion like a tap, just because the leadership has changed?
Work demands ethics, accountability and pride, and that’s a good and fine thing to bring to the table every single day. It reinforces our discipline, and is the perfect storm that creates respectability, credibility and influence. Bringing that is challenging and consuming enough for our feeble human state.
Treasure your passions – it’s what gives us purpose when all else is rejecting us.
I simply adore this song, and it’s the easiest reminder of all, how wonderful passion can be when it’s put in the right place.
Cheers,
Sarah
Btw, if you’re wondering how I can be employed in HR, and write about HR – here‘s my explanation.

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  • 30 January 2014
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