The power of passion
When Does Your Job Become Your Career?
I can't remember where or when I originally heard someone speaking about this, but I remember someone talking about when a job becomes your career. Essentially, it boiled down to two parts. The first part was being involved in some type of work where you realized that you could continue this work for the rest of your life and continue to make money. The second part was realizing part one, not getting bored with it, and thinking you would stick this out till the end of your working life.
You Better Be Passionate About It
OK, so let's say you have realized you are going to stick with your money-making gig till the end of your career, how will you know when you are successful and happy with your choice? I have heard success as being defined as getting what you want. I have also heard happiness being described as wanting what you get. The one thing I am sure of is that I am definitely happy with how my own career is turning out. Starting with happiness is probably more important than focusing on success. I believe you will naturally get success if you focus on the happiness side of the equation first.
CRM and the IT Industry Are My Passion
Since I got my first 300 baud modem and hooked it up to my Atari 800XL, I knew I was in love with computers. I remember writing the program listings that you used to be able to find at the back of Byte magazine. I would save them to the tape drive I had saved up for on my old Atari computer. From that computer I moved on to a PC. I remember installing Windows 1.0 and still have those disks somewhere at my parents' house. Now I toil away on a Mac Air and deliver most of my jobs thru machines that are in the cloud or in some server room that I tunnel in to. CRM is the software platform I have chosen for my profession and I love adding value to companies' business processes thru tweaking and configuring this platform. I love my career. I could not even imagine doing anything else at this point.
I could not even imagine the results that a company would get if they hired a consultant who was not passionate with her/his trade. The results would most likely be, "meh?" They might be OK, or not OK, but I highly doubt that would be taken to the level of consultant who was obsessed and passionate about their career.
Are you truly passionate about your job? Is it your career?