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What do you LOVE doing! … For me, I love diving. I love spending time with my family. I love reading. I love swimming. I love exploring. I love taking photographs. I love helping others. I love serving others and sharing my faith (as a follower of Jesus). … I also love my job.
Most days (Monday-Friday), I work 12-15 hours between time in the office and calls at night (my corporate headquarters is located 12 time zones away and much of my work occurs in the evening). I don’t work 15 hours every day, but many days I do.
How does this fit in with family and other priorities? Church? Community? … Well, I try to always take every bit of my vacation to which I’m entitled and I try to keep my weekends clear. I also remain flexible to do things with the family (movies, school & sporting events, homework, dinner, etc.) as needed. My hours are not “set” everyday and, as a business professional, I’m fortunate to have a schedule that allows me to be flexible (most of the time).
I also view my “work” hours as a type of service and ministry. If I truly value people (which I do), then I have a great opportunity every day at work (in-person or on the phone) to encourage, serve, and love others. My work is my area of ministry. My area of service. My opportunity for impact. … And, I’m passionate about what I do. Whether it’s making printing supplies, CPUs, chemicals, or recycled materials, the foundation, for me, is people. And I’m passionate about people. People make products and serve others.
I also happen to be passionate about non-work activities and hobbies. That’s one reason many of my articles and pictures are taken from my experiences diving, exploring and taking vacations/holidays with my family. I guess you could say that I live by the “work hard, play hard” mantra (something my years at Intel reinforced).
Finding a vocation that utilizes your natural skills and gives you a sense of fulfillment is a key. Being self-aware helps. Having the ability to “see” helps. Searching relentlessly until you find “it” helps. … You may remember the saying, “if you love what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life.” Many days I feel like this. But not all. Some days really feel like work. Yes, I’m helping others. Yes, I’m making an impact. Yes, it’s tiring and I need to be recharged. This is where hobbies and extracurriculars can come into play. I’m not discounting spiritual renewal (from quiet time, meditation, scripture reading, etc.). What I’m saying is that most well-balanced people I know, have an outlet for stress. Have a means to recharge. Have multiple areas in their life what excite them.
If you haven’t found your vocational area of passion, don’t give up. If you don’t have non-vocational (outside work) areas of passion (hobbies, ministry, etc.), keep searching. Remember that you are unique. Your areas of passion, your hot buttons, and your “match” may not be similar to any of your family or friends. Don’t let them live your life for you. Listen to good counsel. Hear and see, but don’t blindly follow the feedback from another. Follow your own voice.
The people whom I most admire are those who have an impact, have balance, and have passion – both at “work” and at “play.” … One of GE’s leadership pillars is Energy. This is not by accident. Passion (energy) gets things done. Gets tasks accomplished. Helps others. Makes an impact. In a world ruled by the laws of thermodynamics, energy (passion) is required to overcome entropy (the tendency to chaos/randomness). Passion is a requirement for world-class leadership.
I often tell people (individuals and teams) that passion is like the wind. If there is a wind blowing, a sailboat can move in any direction, even into the wind (by tacking). But if there’s no wind, there’s no movement. No improvement. No impact. … Find your wind, your passion, harness it, and use it to help others. Use it to make an impact. Use it to recharge your batteries.
How about you? What are you passionate about? Have you incorporated this passion into your vocational work?
As always, the floor is open to your comments, suggestions, thoughts, and feedback.