• Allison Grippe

Find Your Passion

Updated: Jan 21, 2018

In 2016 the question " What Are You Passionate About?' was the most asked question during a persons first job interview.  It was popular because most employers understood that it was a make or break question! People who displayed no sense of passion usually didn't get the job, but the people who could confidently define what they enjoyed went onto further interviewing, or got the job! When I read about this in a Success Magazine I decided to learn more about this powerful little word called "Passion".  I decided to learn the definition of passion, clarify what I was passionate about, and understand why employers hire passionate people. 

What Is Passion? -  "Passion is a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something."

What Am I Passionate About? - Discovering what I was passionate about became easy after understanding the definition. Instead of thinking about what I was passionate about, it was easier to think of things that excited me. I grabbed a piece of paper and began writing down those things.  The paper was filled with words like family, friends, vacations, achieving goals, going to yoga, dancing, singing, and biking. Although those things excited me, I knew that I wasn't passionate about all of them.  I grabbed a highlighter, and highlighted the ones that triggered deeper emotions within me. I highlighted biking because It didn't just excite me, but it gave me the feeling of fulfillment, confidence, power, strength, and growth. Biking was an area I wanted to grow in and learn more about. Biking was an area I was passionate in. 

Finding your passion should be a fun experience, not stressful! Have fun with it! If you find it difficult I recommend doing the exercise I did above, and create a list! I love my list because I reflect upon it when I'm unsure of myself or need a reminder of the things I have to be grateful for. 

Why Employers Hire Passionate People? -  From my readings I've learned that successful leaders understand that passion fosters progress. They know that if you like what you do, you will naturally work more efficiently and improve in great ways. They also know that if you don't like what you do that you won't work efficiently, and you simply will not succeed. Stephen Covey says it best "If you can hire people whose passion intersects with the job, they won't acquire any supervision at all. They will manage themselves better than anyone could ever manage them. Their fire comes from within, not from without."  This is why knowing what your passionate about can be very important not only for your employer, but for you too. When you know what you're passionate about you will look for a career that uses those passions, because you know when you do, you will climb to the top quickly! 

Go find what you're passionate about and have fun with it! Get excited about being passionate and finding what it is you are passionate about! If you don't know what you're passionate about, just start doing things that excite you! After you do that, you will learn to find passion within those things! That's what I had to do! Remember that the journey of finding what you're passionate about can only lead you to bigger and better things! 

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