Passion —Am I Doing This Right?

Passionate. I’ve generally regarded it as an empty adjective used for resumes. Nobody is truly “passionate” about Microsoft Excel. Nobody. Yet we are (hopefully) all passionate about something.

In my humble opinion, I think we are taught in this capitalistic society of ours that the things we are passionate about, aren’t supposed to be the way we make money. Even now, when I complain about work I’m told: “Bran, that’s why it’s called ‘work.’” Which makes sense. Our society needs bankers, health inspectors, aestheticians. I find it hard to believe that every single one gets amped every day to dole out cash, scare restaurateurs, and rip out body hair. I thank them for their service. But don’t we all want to be the exception to that rule?

I know it’s possible. I live with the perfect example. She cares about her job. A lot. Maybe even too much. She comes home with vivid stories, solutions to problems, and occasionally a rant or two. Even on the days when she’s overworked and frustrated, she’s invested. I know she’s going to get up and do her best again tomorrow. I gotta get me some of that.

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I don’t live in a fairytale world. I understand that no job, gig, or career path is perfect. Which is why I have a list of the most important things I want in a job. And of the items on the list, I just need one. If I have at least one, I can make things work. The list is simple. For me to be living my best work life I need a job I enjoy doing, a job I’m good at, or a job that makes the world at least .002% less crappy. Any one of those three things and I’m straight chilling.

Passion factors into everything on that list. Honestly, it’s hard for me to care about things I don’t like or I’m bad at. And my experience interning at the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault taught me that absolutely nothing feels better than doing even the smallest part to make our world better.

What about you? What are your must-haves for a job or career? Let me know in the comments below!

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