The Benefit of Passion

by Jason R. Shine

In a recent group coaching session for real estate agents, a dual-career participant shared that the highlight of her other job was the benefits the organization offered.  The benefits she was referring to were of the health insurance variety.  It caused me to think a moment and then present the following thought:

If the benefits of your job are the only benefits, are they really a benefit?

This leads to a need to define the term.  According to Merriam-Webster, a benefit is “something that produces good or helpful results or effects or that promotes well-being.”  So a benefit is positive and moves one into a healthier or more productive state.  

Don’t get me wrong:  insurances, pensions and the like are great perks of a job relationship.  The questions is, however, are those things moving you further along to where you want to be in life?

According to the 2016 edition of The Conference Board Job Satisfaction survey, only about half of US workers (49.6 percent) are satisfied with their jobs.  Moreover, if you were given just a “satisfactory” rating during your evaluation as an employee, you might easily be glossed over for a promotion.  Why then would we want to only be satisfied at the place where we spend so much time?  I want to have an exceptional work experience.  In fact, I don’t want it to even feel like work!

Are you satisfied with your job?

If only half of Americans are satisfied with their jobs, what are the others doing during the workday?  Easy.  They are dreaming about doing something else.  These dreamers typically fall into one of three categories:

  1. Those who know there is something else out there for them, but don’t know what it is;
  2. Those who know what they should be doing, but haven’t made the decision to act; and
  3. Those who have decided to act, but are waiting for “the right time.”

Discover Your Passion

If you don't know what you are passionate about, but you know there is something more for you to do, here are a few questions and tools to help your discovery:

  • What makes you angry?
  • What causes you sadness?
  • What brings you joy?

A Life of ValueTM is a workshop designed to help you discover and fulfill your individual contribution to the world.  Check for dates in your area here.

Decide to Pursue

Once you have identified your passion, the next step is to decide to pursue it.  Pursuit is defined as “the action of following someone or something.”  The key word here is action!  Failure to act will lead to frustration.  

What are the specific steps you need to take to move you toward your passion?  

The Right Time

Many have decided they will pursue their passion, but they are waiting for a magical moment called, “the right time.”  I submit to you that this moment is actually now.  Yes, the time is NOW!

Now, that does not mean the entirety of the vision is ripe for fulfillment.  It does mean, however, that there are certain preparatory steps you can and should be taking as you move toward your ultimate goal.  It is essential that you chart the course and design a roadmap that leads you from where you are today, to where you want to be.  Once that map is created, it’s now time to follow it.   

Consider the following in summary:

  • Your job and daily activities should move you closer to your passion. 
  • You may not need to stop working where you are currently; you may just need a renewed focus. 
  • The time is always NOW, the question is simply “what?”  “What should I be working on in this moment?”
  • It’s not so much about the completion of your passion, as much as it is about the pursuit.
  • The benefit of passion is fulfillment.