This morning, I stumbled across this quote from Mia Hamm “If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion” which brought me back to a conversation I just had a night ago with my family. Is it possible to be passionate about what you do for a living, or, is it more reasonable to make a living then explore your passions outside of work?
It’s a great question as we’ve all got priorities that need to be taken care of which can make it difficult to pursue work that we are passionate about, especially if getting there requires time and sacrifice. But ultimately, we need to want for ourselves what we want for our children. We spend nearly over one-third of our waking time each week at our jobs. That one-third will affect our relationships outside of work, our personalities, our health and life expectancy, and how, ultimately, we encourage our children to live.
Sometimes, a career change is not what’s needed to rekindle or find passion. I argue that it’s often a change in perspective. It is possible to be passionate about what you do, but passion takes a lot of grit and quite a bit of seeking.