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Passion: The Obstacles

by Scot Herrick on February 8th, 2007

What’s your passion? How easy is it to work your passion in Corporate-land?

I was at dinner talking to a friend and commenting about how difficult it is to work your passion, yet stay dispassionate about your employer.

Your employer, after all, doesn’t care about your passion. Only you do. One of the nice things about being self-employed, of course. A Startup Spark is a good thing.

It got me to thinking: what are all of the obstacles to working your passion in corporate-land?

  • Needing a job. There’s one for not working your passion. Like Maslov’s Hierarchy of Needs, the physical caring of the work to pay the bills trumps everything else.
  • Your job is partially your passion. Not all of it. Corporate positions are tough in that there are few “pure” positions. How many people entirely in love with math can work in a modeling environment where math is all they do?
  • Your passion is in your work…and then you get transferred. You still have a job, but the work changes so that you can continue to have a job. Not your passion any more.
  • Corporate-land changes direction and your passion is no longer important to the corporation. That can be demotivating…

This blog is supposed to Pimp Your Work. Sometimes it is important to know where the obstacles are as well. Passion, in a corporate environment, if a tough one. Anyone out there working in corporate-land on their passion?

POSTED IN: Cube life, Staying Sane, Survival Skills

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