Passion at Work

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Bridges take us from where we were to where are. This one is in the Paris Casino in Las Vegas. This one mimics the Pont Alexandre III bridge.   We cross bridges sometimes with intention, other times just becasue they are on the way from where we were to where we are going.

Passion at work — there are several schools of thought. One being, find your passion and get paid to do what you love. Then work isn’t.  The other school of thought is find opportunity.

Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs fame provides valuable advice on other school of thought ~ Don’t Pursue Your Passion. Chase Opportunity and Stop Lying to Your Kids.  Both are worth watching.

“Never follow your passion, but bring it with you.”

~ Mike Rowe~

Steve Jobs sees brought his passion with him.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be ruly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. An the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven;t found it, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find.”

Steve Jobs

So, what’s my answer for Passion at Work? For me, it is a chance to be myself.   By this, I mean adhering to my fundamental beliefs in a productive way that benefits both my career and my employer. I do this through Core Values.

Core values are the fundamental beliefs of a person or organization. These guiding principles dictate behavior and can help people understand the difference between right and wrong. Core values also help companies to determine if they are on the right path and fulfilling their goals by creating an unwavering guide.

I grew up repeating the following, “On my Honor, I promise to do my Best, to do my Duty… This is the lead element in the Boy Scouts Creed.  After two years of wandering through college and factory work, I enlisted in the United States Air Force. Over the course of time, before and during my career, these values evolved into the current three – Integrity First (Honor), Service Before Self (Duty), and Excellence in All We Do (Best).

This is my passion at work. Some days are better than others. The days when I remember to guide my behavior through my core values are good days.  This will keep me from jumping off of bridges. (Did I mention I am a lousy swimmer and never got the Boy Scout Swimming Merit Badge?)

 

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