Today we will once again be focusing on a specific trait. This trait is one of many that make up an ideal employee. Today’s trait we are focusing on is passion. Passionate workers make fantastic employees for multiple reasons. We’ll break down those reasons, and how they relate to being passionate about your work below.
Eye on the Prize
Passionate workers are incredibly driven because they enjoy what they do. This leads them to truly focus on what they are working on, and also enjoy it. Being passionate about something motivates you in a way that a paycheck can’t. Passionate workers will buckle down like no other, and deliver great results, even under pressure. Any manager knows that they can count on these people to get things done, and focus on a task until it is completed.
One of the other important points for workers with a passion is their desire to continuously improve. Think about your favorite hobbies. Do you always strive to learn more and be better within them? Of course. Workers who love what they do always want to improve their knowledge and skills. This is not out of a desire to please the company or get a raise, it is because it interests them. A raise or promotion would simply be an added bonus. This will drive them to seek out any opportunity to self improve. It is important to these employees to have that ability, so employers should make sure they allow room for self improvement.
The Power of Passion
It’s easy to be discouraged. You don’t get recognition from your boss, someone else takes credit for your work, or a new project doesn’t pan out how you expected it to. At any and all of these points it’s easy to lose determination. However, people that are passionate find reward in doing the work alone. That’s not to say that they don’t crave success and recognition. Workers with passion are usually better at pushing through failure and discouragement. Since you find the work innately rewarding, you are more likely to push through when others may give up. As we all know from many famous self made men and women, failures are often the building blocks to success.
Passion is a quality that is near impossible to grow in an area you don’t already have it. Instead of trying to squeeze passion out of a job you don’t enjoy, take a different approach. Think about something you are already passionate, and ponder how that can turn into a career. If you are able to turn something you already love into a career path, you will be all the better for it.