Being Passionate About Work

Passionate About Work

Passionate About Work

What does a person need in order to be truly successful in their professional pursuits? In my experience, success and the feeling of contentment arise if certain conditions are met.

 

First of all, you have to be passionate about your line of work. If you don’t actually like what you’re doing, you’ll burn out in the long run. By no means am I saying that you should set unrealistic expectations for yourself: you cannot be an expert in hundreds of professions you might fancy, but you can definitely become a pro at doing the thing you are most passionate about. Passion fuels motivation and determination – from the moment you start learning, to the day your profession has become a daily routine, passion for your work is a crucial building block of your happiness and success.

 

As a freelancer, you will come across various projects. Sometimes, you could have a negative feeling about one of them. Remember that you always have the right to say no. I have discussed such problems in a detailed post here.

 

People around you are also very important. Whether it’s just one supervisor, or several co-workers you come into contact with, you need to feel that you are at least receiving collegial respect. You don’t need to best friends with all the people who work at the same company as you, but having a chat and a coffee with someone during breaks can definitely boost your mood. Furthermore, if you’re getting along during breaks, you’re probably going to collaborate more efficiently during work as well. Who knows, you might even learn something from your team members! Receiving some useful tips, or just feeling like you belong in a community of fun people, can make your day at work better. Small things do count!

 

I know that work can also be a cesspool of irritating, irresponsible and lazy people – and they are not fun to be around. Unfortunately, the colleague who expects others to do all the work (while also acting in a condescending manner) will pop up in most environments. There’s no denying that these guys render workplace collaboration awfully difficult. Then there’s also the touchy subject of skills – if you are a true professional, you will immediately see who’s on top of their game, and who is in need of further learning/training. You just need to find your place among these people, even if collaboration is difficult with some of them – what really counts is your skillset. If you perform well, you will gain more confidence and motivation.

 

I actually had a really nice experience recently: I worked with a CIO who was really into technology. He had all the blueprints, he always knew what was going on, he understood what an SAP roadmap was in different areas. He was knowledgeable in various technologies, and he was able to point out what the company needed – he knew which roadmap his company needed to invest in. This type of colleague is who you want to work with in an ideal workplace setting.

 

You also need to know what your purpose is. Why are you doing this? A career path that is fit for you will give you a sense of purpose. Sometimes, you have to do integration in some obscure area, in a business you aren’t familiar with, about something you don’t thoroughly understand – I admit, it can be difficult. But there are also more concrete situations connected to your work. You will probably interact with people who benefit from your work. At some point, you might see your own integration when walking into a grocery store. After all, the things you create will be used by other people; knowing that you were the one who made their day at work easier will give you a sense of purpose.

 

The excitement that comes with every new project isn’t something to be ignored, either. Working on various projects will keep you interested and motivated in the long run. As a freelancer, you have to do your best every time – and expect proper rewards in terms of professional experience, personal growth, and remuneration.

 

Do you think being passionate about your work is a prerequisite for success? Please share your ideas on the subject in the comment section.

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