The title says it all. It’s the cornerstone of any successful career. It’s the motivation that fills a resume’. It’s the thing that keeps you coming back, even when you get knocked down. It keeps you in school when the stress is too much. It makes you pick up that pen and keep filling out job, internship, scholarship, and grant applications after rejection. It translates into other emotions and characteristics…stubbornness, strength, drive. Passion breeds these traits.
Passion is my motivator. Whatever the source of your passion, you need to hang on to it. Dig your claws in and hang on for dear life.
Passion can be a double-edged sword. Too much passion can lead to things like disappointment, burn-out, exhaustion, or even despair. Unchecked passion can backfire. But without passion, what is the point of doing what you’re doing?
I’m almost done with my sophomore year of college. I have a few weeks left to a successful internship. I’ve had my first freelance video production and post-production job. I’ve gotten hits from news organizations, communications departments, and head hunters. I’ve been given offers and ideas. I’ve even created a Monster profile because it’s easier to post my resume’ there than explain to people why my resume’ isn’t posted anywhere.
Take a look at the people around you. You can tell who’s found their passions. They’re the students who stay up until 4 a.m. working on a project relating to their intended career, and don’t mind. (I was once told that I was the happiest all-nighter partner a friend had ever had. We were doing PhotoShop work. Why wouldn’t I be happy?)
Think about your goals. Think about where you want to go. Are you happy with what you see? Are you happy, or just content? Don’t settle for something that just makes you feel “okay” about what you do. It’s never too late to re-evaluate your dreams. I’ve found mine, now go make sure you’ve found yours.