(617) 723-9797

Putting Pause on “Passion”

by Jul 26, 2017

It seems as though all the buzz surrounding “the job search” is focused on identifying one’s passion. How does one really identify a passion? Many times the search for passion is presented as an inward, self-reflective process that one should meditate on before looking for or applying to jobs. This phenomenon is especially true among those just out of college, eager to apply all the idealism of the classroom to the real world (also, the six figures you just invested should come with some return, right?)

While some of us are so focused on finding that one true passion that everyone talks about, and becoming increasingly frustrated when this magical state does not reveal itself, there are countless opportunities passing by. In his article “3 Better Things to Do Instead of Obsessing Over Finding Your PassionNathan Tanner speaks to the problem of pouring over the search for one’s “passion” and provides some useful tips. Here are of our favorite points:

  • Put the pause on passion. Yes, you read that correctly. The best thing you can do to stop obsessing over finding your passion is to simple pause your pursuit. Tanner says it best:
    “Stop pursuing your passion—at least for now. Take that energy and invest it in being amazing in your current field. Here’s why: Cal Newport, computer science professor and author of So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love, argues that to be happy in your career, you should focus more on developing skills rather than on pursuing a passion. Newport found that the strongest predictor of an employee seeing their work as deeply meaningful and a part of their identity was the number of years spent on the job. In other words, the more experience someone has, the more likely they’ll love their work.”
  • Diversify your specialty areas. Who says you need to find one single passion and become the very best in that particular field? You could become very good (in the top 25%) in two or more fields and develop multiple areas of strength. Tanner points out that “All experience matters, and even if you don’t love what you’re doing now, the skills you’re refining today may lead to a unique competitive advantage down the road.”

Above all, we at Contemporaries recommend putting yourself in different working environments to test the waters, gain new experiences and skills, and start your career path now. With our connections and your skills, we can forge a mutually beneficial partnership.

Photo: retrieved from Pixabay, available under the public domain.

No I in Team is True in Workplace

Author: Contemporaries Team As the late great Contemporaries, Inc. co-worker Cullen Buckland used to say, "There is no I in Team." The beauty of Cullen was that he practiced what he preached, always offering to help and pitching in whenever someone else in the office...

Starting the New Year on a Positive Note Can Make A Big Difference

Author: Contemporaries Team Annually, individuals hoping to improve their lives, often set themselves up for failure by jotting down a laundry list of new expectations through their New Year’s Resolutions. Even if they achieve some of their objectives, by not tackling...

The Joys of Having a Pet

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo When COVID-19 hit in 2020, people all around the United States felt scared, confused, and isolated. Individuals had to stay indoors all the time, missing out on many experiences such as making new friends, celebrating milestones, and other...

The Best Benefits of Working

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo Nowadays, pursuing a career can be tiresome, anxiety-inducing, and stressful. You may lose focus of the brighter side which comes from all the benefits of landing a job.  They include financial freedom, a new purpose in your life, and...

Business Manners in the Workplace

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo Business Etiquette is a practical and fundamental skill everyone should use while working on a job. Exercising this practice will help advance your career and boost your likability amongst colleagues and employers alike. The best path to...

Using a College Graduate’s Habits Key to Virtual Work Success

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo Imagine, you have just been hired for your first remote job and your team leader has given you a mountain of work which you’re not sure you will ever be able to complete. The tasks seem daunting and although you feel you’ve been at it all day,...

Flexibility is the Key to Workplace Greatness

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo If you are trying to advance your career, being flexible is the key to success. This concept certainly applies when you are working in a new contract position. During this time, you’ll wear many hats and juggle ever-changing conditions that...

Tips to Use Your Time Wisely to Successfully Land a Job

Author: Alyssa Rebolledo Job hunting has become so much easier since the days when you had to look at a newspaper daily to see who was hiring. Now, there are staffing firms like Contemporaries, Inc., and websites such as LinkedIn, Indeed, and GlassDoor to help you...

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share this post with your friends!